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RICO – What is it, exactly?

RICO is short for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act  which is a federal law that was passed in 1970 to fight organized crime. In a nutshell, RICO allows the federal government to charge many people for broad activities that it determines is part of an “ongoing criminal enterprise.”  Title 18, Section 1961 of the United States Code sets … Read More

Practical Information About Mail Fraud

If you have been accused of committing a crime through the United States Postal Service, a Montclair mail fraud lawyer can defend your case based on a lack of intent. These defense strategies are intended to help innocent clients avoid harsh fines, imprisonment and financial penalties. Defining Mail Fraud Mail fraud is a federal crime that’s defined in Frauds and … Read More

What is Mortgage fraud?

Lorraine Gauli-Rufo is a federal criminal defense attorney with who has successfully represented many clients charged with or investigated for Mortgage fraud.  Mortgage fraud cases are generally prosecuted by the feds under one of the following fraud statutes:  mail fraud (18 USC § 1341), wire fraud (18 USC § 1343),  and bank fraud (18 USC § 1344).  A charge of … Read More

Understanding Mail and Wire Fraud with a Montclair Mail Fraud Lawyer

If you are facing wire fraud or mail fraud charges, retaining an experienced Montclair mail fraud lawyer right away is of the utmost importance. These are serious charges that often result in very serious consequences. First, gain an understanding of what mail fraud and wire fraud entail to increase your odds of achieving a positive outcome. What are Mail Fraud … Read More

Summary of 2015 Proposed Amendments to the US Sentencing Guidelines

As a law firm that specializes in federal criminal defense in New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, it is important that we stay on top of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and keep our clients informed as well. The following are summaries of changes to the USSG that are to take effect on November 1, 2015, absent … Read More

Crime-Fraud Exception

A New Jersey criminal defense lawyer can explain that the attorney-client privilege protects information that you convey to him or her. However, there is an exception to this privilege. The crime-fraud exception does not allow such communication to be privileged if it was made with the intent to commit or cover up a crime or fraud. Application A New Jersey … Read More

Montclair Cyber Crime Lawyers Can Assist With Providing A Criminal Defense

Your Montclair cyber crime lawyers can help you with lodging a defense against these kinds of criminal charges. Understanding The Various Forms Of Cyber Crime There are many different kinds of cyber crime that you will need to understand when there is the possibility of facing charges. Some of the more frequently occurring cyber crimes include: Hacking: This often involves … Read More

Establishing Jurisdiction when Filing a Lawsuit Against a Web-Based Business

If you’ve been wronged by an Internet-based business, the first step is retaining experienced Montclair cyber crime lawyers. Unless the company happens to be located in the state where you reside, bringing the matter to court will be complicated. To consider a lawsuit, a state court must have personal jurisdiction over the defendant, or the person or business that’s being … Read More

Personal Jurisdiction and Cyber Crime

Lawsuits over Internet issues are quite often problematic matters. This is because local courts often do not—or claim they do not—have jurisdiction to rule on issues related to a business in another state. There are a number of ways companies have to get around this lack of “personal jurisdiction,” and you should strongly consider working with Montclair cyber crime lawyers … Read More