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Supreme Court Expands Federal Rule of Evidence 704(b) to Allow Expert Testimony Regarding Issue of Knowledge or Intent to Commit the Crime

On June 20, 2024, the US Supreme Court issued its ruling in Diaz v. United States, upholding the conviction of a California woman who claimed she was a “blind mule,” a term used for someone who transports drugs unwittingly. The defendant, a US ci… Read More
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Categories: Drug Crimes
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What is Insurance Fraud?

Insurance fraud occurs when a person makes false claims to an insurance company to obtain money or something else of value they are not entitled to. Like other fraud crimes, there is no single form of insurance fraud, and insurance fraud charges appl… Read More
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Categories: Fraud
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Defending Yourself Against a Federal Cybercrime Charge

As people conduct more of their daily lives online, federal law enforcement officers have increasingly turned their focus to investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes. Cybercrime can include any criminal offenses committed using a digital device, suc… Read More
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How to Communicate Effectively with Your Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

When you have been charged with a crime, effective communication with your criminal defense attorney is crucial to the success of your case. Your lawyer will guide you through the criminal process and ensure you take the proper steps to defend yourse… Read More
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Bail and Pretrial Release in Federal Criminal Cases

When someone is arrested and charged with a crime, they are taken into custody while awaiting trial. In many cases, a defendant can be released from custody while waiting for their trial date. To request pretrial release in federal court, the crimina… Read More
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Categories: Federal Law
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What is Federal Probation?

Someone who is charged with a federal crime but cannot avoid a conviction may be able to negotiate a plea bargain wherein there exists a possibility of probation.. A sentence of probation can be imposed as an alternative to prison. It is similar to p… Read More
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Common Evidentiary Issues in Federal Criminal Court Cases

The Federal Court Rules of Evidence control the admissibility of evidence in a federal case. The decision as to whether or not certain evidence is admitted can mean the difference between a Guilty verdict and your freedom. By carefully analyzing evid… Read More
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Categories: Federal Law
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Mens Rea: The Mental State Requirement in Federal Criminal Law Cases

For many crimes, the prosecutor must prove not only that the defendant committed the acts they are accused of, but also that they had a guilty mental state. This is the mens rea, or “guilty mind” element, and reflects the idea that, to warrant pu… Read More
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Categories: Federal Law
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What is a Suspicious Activity Report?

Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) are part of the United States government’s ongoing efforts to target money laundering, fraud, and other financial crimes. Under the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, financial institutions are required to report suspiciou… Read More
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Categories: Fraud, Government Fraud
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What Is A Pretrial Diversion Program?

Pretrial diversion is an alternative way to resolve a criminal case that can allow you to avoid jail and a criminal conviction. If you are eligible, pretrial diversion removes you from the criminal justice system after completion of supervised releas… Read More
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