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Bulk Cash Smuggling - 31 U.S. Code § 5332

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Mar 08, 2023 | 0 Comments

Federal law requires that transactions involving sizable amounts of cash, typically more than $10,000, must be reported to the government. This reporting requirement includes the physical moving of money into or out of the United States. If you attempt to bypass this...

What is a Suspicious Activity Report?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Jan 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

Let’s review suspicious activity reports (SARs), the United States Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), common triggers, and what you need to know about them. Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) are an essential tool under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) for combatting...

What Are the Statute of Limitations on Federal Crimes?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Jan 12, 2023 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Constitution guarantees U.S. citizens the right to a “speedy trial” when accused of a crime. This right exists for two reasons. First, since evidence and memory of events tend to fade over time, it is the best way to ensure that a trial is fair. Second, it prevents the government...

Sale or Receipt of Stolen Vehicles - 18 U.S. Code § 2313

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Nov 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

While every state has laws that make vehicle theft a crime, it becomes the federal government's jurisdiction when stolen vehicles cross a state or international boundary. If you're accused of selling or receiving a stolen vehicle across those boundaries while knowing it was stolen, you could face severe...

Breaking or Entering Carrier Facilities - 18 U.S.C. § 2117

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Nov 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

Our transportation systems and facilities, otherwise known as "carrier facilities,” are critical to interstate and foreign commerce in the United States. Therefore, the federal government has enacted laws to protect these systems and facilities from vandalism, theft, and other crimes. In particular, Title...

Rules Concerning Hearsay in Federal Criminal Trials

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Oct 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you face federal criminal charges, the law ensures you are given a fair trial and protect your rights. Part of that protection is to make sure any testimony against you comes from reliable sources. This is why, for the most part, hearsay is not admissible as evidence in federal trials, according to the Federal...

What is a Subpoena Duces Tecum?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Oct 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

A subpoena duces tecum is a legal order requiring a person to produce documents or tangible evidence for use at a hearing or trial. The term “duces tecum” comes from the Latin phrase “you shall bring with you.”  A subpoena duces tecum may be issued by a court or another tribunal, such as a grand...

Federal Biological Weapons Laws - 18 U.S. Code § 175

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Sep 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

The federal government treats it as a grave offense when someone in the United States possesses or uses any pathogen with the intent to harm others. Biological weapons are considered very dangerous, and the legal consequences are severe. Any involvement with biological weapons is strictly prohibited...

What Are False and Coerced Confessions?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Sep 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Constitution provides explicit protections that citizens shouldn't be compelled to testify against themselves when charged with a crime. And yet, false and coerced confessions are an ongoing problem within our criminal justice system. According to one report, as many as 27 percent of people...

What Are the Federal Gang Laws?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Aug 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

The federal government considers participation in a criminal organization a severe offense. Regardless of your level of involvement within the group, prosecutors may attempt to charge you under one of the United States federal gang laws. In addition to facing charges for the underlying crime...

Understanding Federal Search Warrants and Defense Options

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Aug 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

Any time a federal agent attempts to search or seize your property, it is a cause for concern. Luckily the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides some protection against such an event, enshrining “the right of the people…against unreasonable search and seizures, shall not be violated...

What is Identity Theft Under Federal Law?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Jul 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

Someone can commit identity theft by using someone else’s personal information for economic gain or pretending to be someone else. This is usually done through fraud, deception, false statements, or misrepresentations. In other words, it's when someone steals another person’s identifying information, uses stolen...

What is Bankruptcy Fraud Under Federal Law?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Jul 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

Bankruptcy is a provision in U.S. law that allows companies and individuals to obtain court protection from creditors and receive full or partial debt relief when they are overwhelmed and unable to pay their debts. In other words, they are designed to protect anyone struggling with a large debt...

What is the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Jul 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

If you conduct business outside the United States, you must be aware of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which is a federal law that prohibits American businesses and individuals from paying bribes to foreign officials to secure business deals. It also mandates keeping accurate books so as not to...

What is Human Trafficking Under Federal Law?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Jun 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

Human trafficking, also known as Trafficking in Persons, or TIP, is a serious federal crime that may result in lengthy prison sentences upon conviction. Every state has laws penalizing human trafficking, including California under Penal Code 236.1 PC. However, when the act crosses state or international...

What is the Federal Crime of False Billing?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | Jun 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

For many decades, the federal government has hired private businesses and contractors to work for them. Every year, thousands of companies receive revenue from government contracts. At the same time, the government strictly regulates this work and watches for inaccuracies in payment claims...

What is Federal Corporate Fraud?

Posted by Dmitry Gorin | May 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

The federal government, specifically the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, is taking a hardline stance against instances of bribery, corruption, and similar corporate criminal activities, commonly called "corporate fraud.” Most federal corporate fraud cases are highly...

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