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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.

Facing drug charges? Know what to expect

Drug charges have the potential to change your life, even if you're not convicted. When those around you think that you've been involved with drugs, you may have to face intense scrutiny. It may not be fair, but it's how the world works.

As someone who faces charges, it's important that you get the opportunity to defend yourself and your actions. In some cases, of course, it's best to say nothing at all, especially if the prosecution has very little evidence to use against you.

What's mass-marketing fraud?

Mass-marketing fraud is probably not a term that you're very familiar with. It's easier to explain the term by understanding the method of defrauding others. Mass-marketing fraud is a term that refers to any fraud that uses mass-communication methods. The methods of communication may include:

  • The internet
  • Telephone calls
  • Mail delivery schemes
  • In-person meetings

The goal in mass-marketing fraud cases is to make the victims transfer money to the person committing fraud. For example, a person might sign up for a "new job" and put down the $100 to start, only to find out later that no job existed.

The affect of MAT in drug court

In the case of drug charges, sometimes people would benefit more from treatment rather than pure punishment. Some authorities realize this and have put drug courts into practice.

Through the drug court, people still face criminal charges, but their punishment includes a rehabilitation plan that aims to help them in becoming productive members of society who no longer depend on drugs. In some of those cases, medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, may be beneficial.

Hoax leads to 40 felony charges against Ohio teen

It's not often you hear about a teen facing multiple felonies, but a teen in Ohio is facing 40 over claims that they were involved in a swatting hoax in Dodge County.

According to an article out of Dodge Co. Wisconsin, a hoax phone call had been received in March 2018 that led to the SWAT team being deployed. Through investigation, the agency was able to determine that a 17-year-old male from Youngstown, Ohio, had placed the call. Similar incidents had happened from around Mahoning County, Ohio, leading to calls across the United States. Now, 73 counts of delinquency have been filed against the teen, 40 of which are felonies and 33 of which are misdemeanors.

Are you accused of participating in pretexting activities?

Pretexting made the news when Hewlett-Packard employees were accused of engaging in the activity. HP executives had to testify before Congress at a time when the status of pretexting was still unclear. Not long after, President George W. Bush signed legislation making pretexting a federal crime.

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4 face charges after alleged bank fraud

Fraud is a crime that is taken seriously because it affects many. Faking a signature could result in a check being cashed, for example, that then empties someone's bank account. It could be the falsification of documents that help you receive property that isn't yours and wasn't intended for you. You don't hear about fraud often in Ohio, but when you do, it's normally a fairly serious offense. Take, for example, this case involving fraud on Center Ridge Road.

An officer began investigating a situation that was occurring at a local Huntington Bank. There, a man and three others were arrested after they allegedly passed bad checks and forged signatures.

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