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Author: White Collar Crimes Attorney Marianne S. Rantala
If you watched or read the national news this past weekend you probably heard about the shocking charges of fraud and corruption that are rocking the United States Navy. Senior officers were allegedly involved in an overbilling scheme with a military contractor.
Recent scandals like this one and high profile cases like that of Bernard Madoff have made white collar crimes—insider trading, tax evasion, securities fraud, bribery, embezzlement, and so forth— part of our national vernacular. Crimes that used to seem like the stuff of television dramas are now commonplace on the daily news. Public outrage has, in part, led to much longer and harsher sentences for white collar criminals than ever before, mainly due to the extremely high financial losses involved.
But many judges and lawyers, including the American Bar Association, are asking the United States government to review the guidelines, arguing that the existing sentencing guidelines are “fundamentally flawed” and often “shockingly high.”Opponents of the guidelines argue that too much focus is on the losses, and sometimes merely potential losses, and not enough attention is given to other factors, like the defendant’s intent or the actual harm caused by the scheme or crime. Some critics have noted that imprisonment might not be a suitable punishment for “someone…that doesn’t impose a threat to safety for the purpose of deterrence.” Even proponents of the current sentencing guidelines are open to some revisions, in order to reduce sentences.
The outcome of white collar crime cases often hinges on obtaining trusted legal advice and guidance at the outset. If you have been accused of a white collar crime, you are entitled to representation by an experienced, knowledgeable attorney, regardless of how much money is involved. Whether you suspect that you are under investigation or charges have been filed against you, call our office at 631-543-7667 to arrange a confidential consultation.
Author: Marianne S. Rantala
A decade ago, many Americans still did not own cell phones, and most of us had no idea that “text” could be a verb. These days, texting is practically our national pastime. We text message during class, while we eat, when we watch television, and even while we drive. Studies actually show that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol.
Texting while driving, also known as distracted driving, has become such a problem in New York State, especially amongst teenagers, that in July of this year Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that increased the penalties for these offenses. And just this week, Governor Cuomo announced that there are now “texting zones” on New York highways —areas designated for drivers who need to text or make a phone call, rather than doing so while driving.
Of course, if a driver is pulled over and charged with distracted driving, the penalties are limited to fines, points on their license, and/or suspension of their license. But what if, instead of being pulled over, a driver who is text messaging or otherwise distracted by their cell phone actually causes an accident? What if that accident results in a fatality? Suddenly that driver is facing criminal charges.
When criminal charges are filed against you, consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney is vital to the outcome of your case. Call (631) 864-1144 to speak with New York criminal defense attorney Marianne S. Rantala.