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Illionois defense attorney, Illinois federal crimes lawyer, Illinois criminal defense lawyerUnder the Fourth Amendment, investigators must have a search warrant in order to search your home. When a judge gives them this warrant, you have no choice but to allow them into your home to search within the provisions of the warrant. The things that you do and do not do during a search can have a significant impact on your case. The very first thing you should do is get a lawyer. A federal criminal attorney will ensure your rights are upheld and help you prepare for anything that might come next.

What a Search Warrant Means

Many people do not know what a search warrant means. Does it mean an arrest will follow? What are the investigators looking for?

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Illionois defense attorney, Illinois federal crimes lawyer, Illinois criminal defense lawyerOnce you post something on social media, you need to assume that the police or prosecutors can find it and use it against you during a criminal trial. Over the years, law enforcement has become very savvy in the ways they can find and access your social media posts as well as how they are used in court.

It is advisable that you tighten your privacy settings and review anyone who can see your profile. Even doing this, however, you should not expect that you have any control over the material once you post or upload it to a social media site. Such material can be shared or reposted and “go viral,” especially if the material appears to portray a crime taking place or other outrageous conduct.

Here are four ways a prosecutor may attempt to use material found on social media:

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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal justice system, Illinois criminal lawyer,Over the past several years, the Internet has made a huge impact on society. Online shopping has been made possible, as there is more convenience from buying products from a laptop or phone. Since there has been more of a convenience with online shopping, retail fraud has been on the rise, and companies, especially those that are online, are trying to find ways to avoid fraud.

Retail Fraud and How It Affects Society

By the end of 2017, the main driving forces of fraud included international transactions and mobile wallets, which are considered to be examples of newer payment options. During the holiday season, fraudulent returns were the biggest concern of companies, as retail return fraud may cost companies at least $15 billion.

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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal lawyer, Illinois criminal law statutesSince the Internet has grown over the past fifteen years, individuals are now able to sell their home or rent part of their home out to others. Even though, with the use of the Internet, communication has been made a lot easier for both parties, there has been a drastic increase in scams during the selling and leasing process.

What Is a Rental or Real Estate Scam?

A rental scam often happens when an individual is trying to sell his or her property online and is contacted by another individual who seems interested in the property. When both parties agree on a set price, then the offender may send a check to the other party to deposit, covering housing expenses.

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Illinois defense attorney, Illinois criminal law, Illinois criminal lawyer,Insurance is very important to have, especially for home, auto, and life. Anything can happen to you, such as a car accident, a house fire, or sudden death. Even though most insurance agents can be trusted, the insurance industry can still be grounds for potential fraud schemes.

Types of Insurance Fraud on the Agent’s End

Over one trillion dollars in premiums are collected by thousands of insurance agencies every year. Because of how big the insurance industry is, there is much opportunity for fraud to occur. The cost of insurance fraud on the agent’s end amounts to over $40 billion every year, and the average American family ends up spending between $400 and $700 in the form of increased premiums.

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