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Illinois federal criminal defense attorneyAccording to Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 1343, a person commits the federal offense of wire fraud when he or she devises a scheme or plan that uses wire, radio, or television communication to obtain money or property under fraudulent or false pretenses. The crime of wire fraud is very similar to the offense of mail fraud, but instead of using the postal service, wire fraud uses electronic communication.

A person who is convicted on federal charges for wire fraud is subject to penalties that include up to 20 years in prison for each count. This is the sentence that a suburban Chicago businessman could face after being arrested last week and charged with wire fraud in federal court. The man’s alleged scheme involved the fraudulent sale of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis.

Business Formed at the Beginning of COVID Lockdown

Numerous news outlets are reporting that a 44-year-old man was arrested on November 9 for his alleged role in a scheme to defraud two hospitals of approximately $2.6 million. The man is the head of a biotechnology company formed in March in the village of Willowbrook, Illinois, just as nationwide lockdowns were being implemented to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The company’s website states that it provides “medical supplies for both personal and professional use.”

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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerToo often, people are charged with a federal offense, such as tax evasion or drug trafficking, and they quickly hire a lawyer that was recommended to them, or that they heard about from an advertisement. As the case progresses, the lawyer’s shortcomings become quite evident and the accused individual starts to lose trust in their attorney. In these instances, people often want to change their lawyers, but wonder if they are allowed to under the law. This is just one question that arises when people want to change lawyers. Below are other frequently asked questions about hiring a new attorney, and the answers to them. Am I Allowed to Switch Lawyers During My Case? The Constitution of the United States provides all Americans the right to have an attorney of their choosing represent them during their case. As such, you can change lawyers nearly any time you would like. However, there are times when a judge will not allow you to change lawyers, such as right before your trial begins if the judge feels it would not serve justice and the change would only delay the case. How Do I Know if I Should Change Lawyers? The answer to this question is largely subjective because it relies on how you feel about your attorney. Do you feel as though your lawyer does not have the skillset your case requires? Do you speak more to your lawyer’s paralegals and secretaries than you do your attorney? Have you lost trust that your lawyer is working in your best interests? All of these are signs that you should change lawyers but generally speaking, any time you are not comfortable with your lawyer, it might be time to seek a second opinion. How Do I Know that a Lawyer is Better than My Current One? The most important thing to ask a potential new lawyer about is their experience. Ask how many cases they have handled that are similar to yours, and about the outcomes, they achieved in those cases. This will tell you if the lawyer can handle your case, and will ensure they are familiar with the law regarding your case. Do I Have to Tell My Old Lawyer that I Chose a New One? You should never sever ties with your current attorney until you have spoken to a new one. Once you start working with your new lawyer, they can draft a letter informing your current lawyer of the change and ask that they transfer your case file to you, or to your new attorney. Need a Second Opinion? Our Chicago Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help

Changing lawyers in the middle of your case is certainly not ideal, but sometimes it is necessary. If you feel as though your current lawyer is not the right one for the job, our skilled Chicago federal criminal defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Hal M. Garfinkel can help. Attorney Garfinkel is well-versed in all areas of federal law and can answer all your questions about switching lawyers. When you need a second opinion, call us at 312-270-0999 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about how we can help.

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https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/7201

pornThe use and possession of pornography is a very serious sex crime that can cause many undesired consequences. Not only does pornography have a negative impact on the accused person, but anyone affected by the use of pornography can be negatively affected as well. If teens and preteens make the decision to view pornography, they may make decisions that can ruin their lives and perception of life overall.

How Many Teens and Preteens Are Watching Pornography?

Finding online pornography is very easy to do today. Over 40 million Americans have admitted to visiting porn sites each year, and this activity can adversely affect adults’ work, family, and social lives. Even though adults’ lives can be ruined by pornography, children and teens can be even more adversely affected.

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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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