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4 need-to-know answers about gambling in New Jersey

In the past, gambling was limited in the United States. However, in recent years, online gambling has been allowed to occur in most states. Today, New Jersey even has a few online casinos.

With the legalization of online gambling, you might think that a friendly, self-organized game of poker is legal, but it's not in most cases. Here are a few things you need to know.

Embezzlement can have serious consequences in New Jersey

Embezzlement is a common white collar crime. It involves the misuse or theft of money entrusted to you by others, such as investors, or that belonged to your employer. Many innocent people have been charged with embezzlement over the course of the last few decades.

Sometimes, another employee or even the company owner is attempting to make someone else look responsible for crimes he or she committed. Other times, what may look like embezzlement to an employer is actually only an accounting error or some kind of honest mistake that resulted in financial losses.

Theft or sale of personal financial information is a serious crime

Ever since credit cards began housing chips that give off their information, those who steal and resell credit card numbers have had an easier time obtaining card information. Unless you keep your credit card in a specialized wallet, it is possible for criminals with the right equipment to harvest your card information without ever swiping your card.

Of course, the person obtaining the card numbers is typically just one of many people involved in the theft and sale of private personal financial information. Someone else will probably sell that information to another party, who may try to use it.

Are you an accountant accused of a RICO crime?

You show up from nine to five and you get the job done. While minding your own business, you make sure your clients are happy, while saving them millions of dollars in taxes in the process. You're a tax accountant and you're also the last person you thought would get in trouble with the law.

Nevertheless, under your employment, you have gotten involved with some less-than-scrupulous clients, and now you've been charged with being co-conspirator in a RICO crime. To avoid a jail sentence, it's time to educate yourself on racketeering and the charges you're facing in federal court.

Charged with a computer crime? There's a defense for that

The day started like any other. You woke up, made your first cup of coffee, and turned on your laptop. You logged in and started working, just like you do every Monday thru Friday. It was about mid-day when things took a turn. There was a loud knock on the door and the next thing you knew, you were being handcuffed, read your Miranda Rights, and then escorted into the back of a police cruiser.

The New Jersey state police had just charged you with a computer crime. Law enforcement officers use a multitude of methods to try to catch people that commit crimes online. Very often, the agents arrest these people who, like you, have no idea why it is happening. In addition, the agents rarely have sufficient evidence.

Tax fraud: An offense that comes with severe consequences

Any person who deals with taxes - be it an accountant, business owner, manager or even a common worker - can find him- or herself facing tax fraud charges. Let's face it, tax laws are complicated. When it comes time to file your taxes, you're always left with the feeling that says, "Did I get all the exemptions I'm qualified for?"

When sitting in an office all day, staring at financial documents, receipts and tax information, the lines between what you can and cannot do when filing taxes are often blurry. This is why so many professionals in New Jersey and throughout the United States get charged with tax evasion, tax fraud and other tax-related crimes when they didn't know they had done anything wrong.

3 things businessmen should know about sexting

You've worked hard to build up your business over the past couple of decades and you don't want a stupid mistake to ruin it. Then you met someone whom you found attractive and started texting. One thing led to another, and texting turned to sexting. Now you are facing criminal charges for sexting and wonder what went wrong. Here are three important points you should know if you are facing charges for sexting.

Accused of a federal financial crime? Act quickly

Operating in the business and financial worlds is a complex endeavor, and often there are legal lines that can get crossed even without harmful intentions. If you have been charged with a federal financial crime, it is vitally important that you take some actions immediately and keep yourself from taking some others - your career and personal life may depend on your next few moves.

Can You Go To Jail For Sending Spam Email?

Spam scammers clog up the internet with unsolicited, unwanted bulk emails. While it may seem like the kind of nuisance that likely goes unpunished, you might be surprised to know that there are actual criminal penalties for spammers.

Fines, jail time and seized assets are a few of the heavy punishments that can be leveraged against spammers and scammers for various types of email spam and fraud. The Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography And Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM) is a federal law that specifically addresses unsolicited spam and bulk electronic communication.

Navigating New Jersey's complex statutory rape laws

While most people have heard the phrase statutory rape, few actually know the specifics as to how statutory rape laws work - especially since these laws can vary a great deal from state to state.

Given this complexity, it is no wonder why many young people - particularly high school students - often find themselves thoroughly confused as to whether they are breaking any laws when engaging in consensual sexual encounters. In fact, many questions often run through their heads. Will we get into trouble if both of us are underage? Will one, or both, of us possibly face statutory rape charges?

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