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What do you do if you're facing a felony?

Felonies are the most serious crimes, leading to time in prison along with other harsh penalties. What's interesting about felonies is that they can be very similar to misdemeanors. For example, a state might have a misdemeanor for theft if the amount stolen was under $500, but as soon as someone steals $501 worth of items, they face felony charges. Does it seem fair?

Not always. That's why it's a good idea to get in touch with your attorney if you are accused of a crime. Depending on the facts of the case, it might be possible to have a felony charge dropped to a misdemeanor or for a charge to be eliminated completely.

Can you drive for Uber with a DUI on your record?

Throughout Ohio, many people have managed to make a living driving for Uber or Lyft. These ridesharing apps allow people to get around Cleveland and other major cities in the state with ease, and the drivers can earn decent money if they drive often enough. In 2015, there were concerns that too many Uber drivers were in the state, and while the rate of pay has dwindled for people using the apps, it still remains a viable option for many to earn a living. 

However, you may not be able to automatically sign up to drive for Uber. The company has conditions that its drivers must meet, such as having a certain type of car. You also need to provide your driving history before you can drive. If the company finds a DUI or OVI conviction on your record, then Uber will disqualify you from driving. 

Don't let an internet crime ruin your life

Internet crimes can vary in their complexity, but there are few that most people will recognize. For example, a common internet crime is hacking. Another is stealing a person's identity. Even blackmail or cyberbullying are types of internet crimes.

What makes internet crimes different is that they usually don't take place face-to-face. For the victim, this can mean not even knowing who took advantage of them. For you, it can mean facing charges for crimes that were committed against someone you don't even know.

Teen faces arrest after warrant is issued in Stark County

Drug dealing or transport is illegal throughout the United States, but the reality is that it still happens every day. If you are someone who has gotten caught up in the drug trade or have been falsely accused of possessing drugs, then you should know how important it is to protect your rights moving forward.

The same goes for people named as "most-wanted" fugitives, such as "Gingerbread Gangsta," the nickname of a 19-year-old man who is being sought out in Ohio.

What should you know about a felony charge?

Felony crimes are different than misdemeanors, because they are usually punishable with imprisonment that lasts longer than a year. In some states, including Ohio, certain penalties can be punished with death.

Felonies are the most serious crimes. They're typically served in the state or federal prisons instead of in county jails, which is distinctly different from misdemeanors.

Common forms of healthcare fraud and how to avoid them

People enter the healthcare industry for various reasons. It may be a family tradition to work in the medical field. Some people look forward to the eventual financial wealth they will experience. Others have a giving and helpful personality, and some find research and discovery fascinating.

Regardless of why you may have become a medical professional, you may one day find yourself facing charges of healthcare fraud. It is the most pervasive type of insurance fraud, reveals Healthcare Business and Technology, costing billions of dollars each year.

Copyright and streaming: You could face heavy fines and jail

When you think about internet crimes, you might think of hacking or stealing someone's identity. However, there are much less obvious types of internet crimes. One such act is a copyright violation, better known as "pirating."

Pirating has always been a popular way to get what you want for free, but it is against the law. People use cloud platforms to share downloadable content. Typically, one or two people have purchased the content and then upload it for download online. Generally speaking, users can obtain this pirated content for free, which costs the original owner of the copyrighted content a significant amount of money.

Will your teen be tried as an adult?

When your teen gets into legal trouble, you may not worry too much until you learn that the prosecution wants to try your child as an adult. Facing the judicial system is consequential at any age, but the process and outcome are harsher on adults than on kids. Therefore, your child is at risk of more severe penalties and lifelong effects if he or she goes through the adult criminal system.

What factors go into this decision?

Man indicted on aggravated identity theft charge in Ohio

A man in Ohio had been accused of making false claims that he was a missing child. A federal grand jury has now accused him and indicted him on one count of aggravated identity theft and two others for making false statements.

When you think of identity theft, you might think of stealing a credit card or pretending to be someone else online. Most people assume it's a digital crime. However, in this case, it was a 23-year-old man who claimed he was another person; A boy that had gone missing at 14.

What does an assault charge mean?

A person charged with assault may not believe the charge is anything too serious. In some cases, that may be true and the charge gets dropped or reduced to time served.

However, if you commit an act of assault, do you know the type of punishment you may face? If you find yourself charged with assault, knowing the differences in charges may help you better predict the outcome.

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