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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerFirst, there was the term 'photobombing,’ and now there is a new phrase floating around called ‘Zoom bombing,’ While hackers, like those that intrude into photos when they are not welcome, may think that these hijinks are funny, they are actually a crime. And because it involves computer technology, it is considered a federal offense. These crimes come with serious penalties and could have lifelong impacts on those convicted.

What Is Zoom?

Zoom is a cloud-based video service that allows you to meet virtually with other people. Like Skype and FaceTime, it allows people to talk to each other while also being able to see them. When using Zoom, a person can make conference calls in which several people can be included in the conversation and see each other all at once. Many people that work at home use Zoom, as it does not require physically being in the same location. In 2019, however, over 50 percent of Fortune 500 companies reportedly used the platform.

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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerMany people have heard the term contempt of court, whether on a television show, movie, or perhaps even in real life. While this term is often used in state court, many people also do not understand that this offense can be considered a federal crime. In fact, the federal statutes have many pieces of law pertaining to contempt of court, and they can all become complex. It is for this reason that, if you are facing contempt of court charges, you must work with a criminal defense attorney that is familiar with federal offenses, and knows how to defend against them.

18 U.S. Code, Chapter 21

All of the United States’ statutes dealing with contempt of court are found in 18 U.S. Code, Chapter 21. This chapter is broken down into several sections regarding different aspects of contempt of court. Section 401 within this chapter deals with the power of the court, while Section 402 outlines when contempt constitutes a criminal offense. Lastly, Section 403 of 18 U.S. Code, Chapter 21 specifically deals with protecting the privacy of child victims and witnesses to a crime that are children.

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Posted by on in Federal Crimes

Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerFacing federal charges is a very upsetting and confusing thing. You may not know why you are being accused of the offense, and you are likely very stressed out about your future. All of these are very natural reactions, but they can lead people to take the wrong types of action. These actions can be very detrimental to a case, and even cost a person their future. If you have been charged with a federal crime, it is important to know what the most common mistakes made are, so you can avoid making them yourself.

Taking Your Case to Social Media

When people are arrested for a federal crime,  they are read the Miranda warning, which tells them that anything they say, “can and will be used against them in a court of law.” Many people think this only applies to speaking to the police, but it does not. Anything you say regarding the case can be used against you, even when it is said on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms. As such, you should stay off social media completely or, at the very least, refrain from posting to it.

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Posted by on in Fraud

Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerATM fraud is sometimes considered a state crime, but it is often charged on the federal level because banks are federally regulated and typically suffer harm as a result of the fraud. Other charges also often accompany charges of ATM fraud, including wire fraud, identity theft, larceny, bank fraud, and credit card fraud. To avoid a conviction for any of these charges, and for ATM fraud, it is always important to speak to a federal criminal defense lawyer that can help.

Types of ATM Fraud

There are many different ways to commit ATM fraud. The most common types of ATM fraud include:

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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerThe coronavirus has touched everyone in the country in some way, even those that have never tested positive or become exposed to the virus. Now, President Trump has signed an executive order making price gouging illegal. Under the Defense Production Act, which was enacted in 1950 and invoked by Trump recently to force manufacturers such as GM to create personal protective equipment, the President has also made it illegal to hoard that same equipment.

Hoarding and Price Gouging

Hoarding is a federal crime and by invoking the Defense Production Act, federal agents now have the ability to find those that are hoarding certain materials and prosecute them for doing so. Hoarding itself is defined as accumulating scarce materials beyond what is considered reasonable for business, personal, or home consumption. Like any other section of code that defines something as ‘reasonable,’ what is and is not reasonable is likely to be determined on a case by case basis.

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