Recent Posts in Federal Defense Category

  • FEDERAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING, STATE HUMAN TRAFFICKING, AND PROSTITUTION: HIRING A LAWYER WHO KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE

    Soliciting/engaging-in prostitution and human trafficking are separate crimes. The former involves seeking/paying or giving/providing sex for a fee. Under federal criminal statutes, the latter involves slavery, indenture/servitude, peonage (slave wages), coercion, intimidation, and other elements of forced labor. Under state law in Massachusetts, human trafficking requires proof of “subjecting”, ...
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  • Is the Girl Scout Cookie Hero is a Drug Smuggler?

    On February 27 th , 2019, you might have seen a heartwarming news story about a Good Samaritan who bought a bunch of Girl Scout cookies so the Scouts could get out of the cold weather. The story came from Greenville, South Carolina, where the temperature was near freezing when the man cleared out the stock of a Girl Scout troop posted outside a store. Now, in a strange turn of news events, the ...
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  • Potential Criminal Penalties for Drugging a Person for Sexual Intercourse

    Sex crimes have been prosecuted and penalized with more tenacity than ever before in recent years. This is perhaps no more apparent than in cases involving the alleged drugging of a person for sexual intercourse . In Massachusetts, you can be charged with a federal crime and a form of rape if you have sexual intercourse with someone who is under the influence of a drug or alcohol. By the legal ...
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  • What Is Wire Fraud?

    Wire fraud is one of the most serious white collar felonies on the books. Every year, fraud costs the U.S. economy trillions of dollars. As a result, the government fiercely prosecutes those suspected of fraud to reduce fraudulent activity in the future. Sadly, these overly-enthusiastic pursuits can result in innocent people getting caught up in the criminal justice system over misunderstandings ...
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  • Building a Defense for Money Laundering Charges

    Money laundering is a complex federal offense which involves making illegally-gained proceeds (“dirty money”) appear legitimate or “clean” through a series of complex financial transfers and transactions. In order to prove money laundering, the federal government must show that the accused person expected to receive the money back, since simply receiving the proceeds of illegal activity may not ...
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  • 6 Three Strikes Law Pros and Cons

    In 2012, Massachusetts became the 27 th state to implement a “three strikes” law, making criminals who have been convicted three times of specific crimes ineligible for parole, forcing them to serve their full sentence. While the bill was touted as only affecting “habitual offenders,” it has been criticized for its lack of judicial discretion and dramatic increase in the types of crimes (1 to 19) ...
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  • Sentencing Guidelines in Federal Court

    The sentencing process in federal court is confusing, convoluted, and can, at times, produce truly unjust results. This is due in part to the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. The original intent behind the Guidelines was to help achieve more uniform sentencing across the country. Even though the Guidelines are no longer mandatory and have since been deemed advisory by the Supreme Court (meaning a judge ...
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  • What Is the Difference Between State and Federal Prosecution?

    In the United States, both the states and the federal government have the power to prosecute individuals for criminal offenses, with each having its own separate court system. Determining whether a defendant’s case will be tried in state or federal court largely depends upon the alleged crime committed and its associated jurisdiction, or the rights of the state and federal government to regulate ...
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