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January 2018 Archives

Copyright infringement and criminal charges

Many people in New York might not associated copyrights and criminal charges but it is important to know that the two can in fact be linked. Among the many examples of this is one that involves alleged illegal distribution of two Hollywood blockbuster films earlier in the century. As explained by the United States Department of Justice, four different individuals were charged with federal crimes involving copyright infringement and conspiracy.

Governor proposes research for legal pot

Most New York residents likely know that over the last few years, a handlful of states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation that has allows marijuana to be used for recreational purposes within their jurisdictions. While the trend started in the western part of the country, neighboring Vermont and Massachusetts have followed suit and there are rumblings that New Jersey may also legalize recreational pot.

Understanding possession with intent to distribute

Receiving any kind of drug charge is very serious, but possession with intent to distribute is a particularly concerning charge that regularly results in serious jail time. It is well known that drug charges receive some of the harshest sentencing handed down to any non-violent crime, often placing convicts behind bars for years at a time and altering the course of their lives irrevocably.

Reporting of cryptocurrency gains not consistent

When residents in New York hear reports about people being charged with tax evasion or other forms of white collar crime, it can be all too easy to assume that a person was consciously trying to do something wrong. This, however, is not necessarily the case. Many tax and investment laws and guidelines can be complex and lead to difficulty in knowing what really needs to be done when. In addition, many loopholes in the tax code essentially help people reduce their tax liability.

The difference between tax fraud and negligence

New York residents, like all other citizens of the country, are required to pay yearly taxes to the government. However, everyone is human and sometimes people make mistakes. In these situations, it's important to be able to differentiate between tax fraud and tax negligence.

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