Many people in Tennessee may have heard references to money laundering in the news or even in movies or television crime shows. But, do you really understand what is meant by the term? When someone is charged with a money laundering offense, what are they actually accused of having done?
Even within one category of crime, there can be an extremely wide variety of situations that lead a person to being accused of criminal activity. Theft is an ideal example of this. For many people in Tennessee, the word "theft" makes them think about someone literally taking an object or perhaps cash from another person or business. This is true but it is not always manifested in a straightforward way. For example, identity theft or fraudulent investment schemes may be ways that people illegally obtain what was otherwise not theirs.
For many Tennessee residents, the thought of playing a video game does not generally lead to the thought of being arrested for criminal activity. It is more common to associate criminal arrests with things other than simple recreation or entertainment. However, a game that hit the U.S. market in early July is changing that.
Most Tennessee residents have heard about cases in which people are prosecuted for some type of tax fraud. However, news stories do not always provide a lot of details as to what exactly this means. The fact is that there are multiple types of tax fraud charges people can face, each with its own set of penalties.
Not all criminal charges involve physical harm to people or property. Some types of crimes, often referred to as white collar crimes, involve allegations of harm via financial loss. If you have ever heard of a Ponzi scheme, this is one example of a white collar criminal charge. While the term “Ponzi scheme” may be familiar to you, how well do you know what it means or where it came from?
Most people in Tennessee have heard the term "white collar crime" but may not know all of the different types of things that can be classified as such. As with any type of criminal charge, an accusation does not mean that you are guilty. Additionally, there are times when something may appear to be fraudulent but in reality is not.
While most people understandably believe that a conviction on any type of criminal charges will automatically require them to serve a full sentence behind bars, this isn't always the reality. Indeed, the law here in Tennessee provides for several different types of release whereby a person can be freed from incarceration subject to varying degrees of supervision.
Even though Halloween is now officially behind us, this will by no means stop many teens and college students from pursuing the time-honored tradition of pulling pranks.
It often comes as a shock for people to learn that law enforcement officials at both the state and federal level can not only seize their private property -- cash, vehicles, etc. -- but that they can do so in the absence of criminal charges or a conviction.
In our last post, we spent some time discussing how people here in Tennessee should never make the mistake of thinking that theft crimes somehow aren't a priority for prosecutors or that the consequences for a theft crime conviction typically amount to nothing more than a slap on the wrist.