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What is wire fraud?

There are many, many different types of fraud charges, both under state and federal law. By definition, fraud refers to crimes that involve intentionally deceiving another person or entity for purposes of monetary or personal gain.

Wire fraud, specifically, involves fraud that takes place over interstate phone lines or electronic communication. As technology has evolved over time, many wire fraud cases involve the internet, such as email "phishing," in which a scammer sends out mass emails purporting to be from reputable parties in effort to convince email recipients to share their passwords, credit card numbers or other personal information.

High school drug charges can threaten your child's future

Everyone makes mistakes, especially when they're young. That's why it's so important to protect your teen if he or she is threatened with criminal charges. Sometimes, younger people use drugs or sell their prescriptions without thinking of the consequences.

Doing so can land them in hot water with the law, so it's very important to stand up for your child's rights and to make sure your child faces a trial without bias. Outside the law, there are also a number of consequences of youth substance abuse to consider.

What's the difference between hard fraud and soft fraud?

Let's say you filed a claim with your car insurance company after you were involved in an accident. You thought you did everything the right way, but now the police have charged you with insurance fraud.

In the field of insurance fraud, there are two primary categories: hard fraud and soft fraud. In a moment, we'll explain what these categories mean, but first, let's understand the definition of "insurance fraud."

Michigan has steep penalties for OWI offenses

Given the proliferation of breweries in the Lower Peninsula, you might think that Michigan law enforcement would be somewhat more tolerant of those who get behind the wheel of a car after a few drinks. That, however, is simply not the case. Michigan calls offenses involving driving after drinking or consuming mind-altering drugs Operating While Impaired (OWI) offenses.

There are several variations, including a "super drunk" law that adds extra penalties for those who are substantially above the acceptable blood alcohol content (BAC) for operating a vehicle.

Lab Errors can Plague DWI Tests

Popular culture tends to frequently dramatize field sobriety testing. Popular characters on television, in movies and in books are asked (with surprising regularity) to recite the alphabet backwards and to walk a straight line while touching their nose with alternating pointer finger. Field sobriety testing is utilized by some law enforcement agents during drunk driving stops. However, breath and blood alcohol testing is utilized far more frequently.

One of the primary reasons why blood and breath testing is used so often is that it is considered a more reliable indicator of someone's level of intoxication. In fact, many people believe that lab testing is the ultimate answer to the question of someone's blood alcohol concentration; however, this isn't always the case. 

4 ways an OWI can impact your career

You're 35 years old, and you're fairly set in your career at this point. You pride yourself on hard work. You've been getting promoted, your boss likes you, and you recently got a nice raise - which you plan to use to buy a bigger home for your family. Everything is going well, and you go out to celebrate.

Then, on the way home, you get pulled over. It turns out you had a bit too much to drink, and before you know it, you're in the back of a police car with the lights flashing. How could an OWI conviction impact that career you've worked so hard to achieve?

3 points about underage impaired driving in Michigan

All operating while impaired charges in Michigan are serious, but even more so for people who are underage. If you are going to consume alcohol before you turn 21 years old, you are facing some very serious charges if you decide to drink and drive. The same is true if you use drugs and then drive.

Knowing some important points about underage OWI can help you make better decisions with respect to how to conduct yourself after you've been partying with friends. These points can also help you feel better informed if you are facing criminal charges for underage OWI.

Did you just commit credit card fraud? Maybe

Your boyfriend gave you his credit card to do some shopping. You had his full permission and did not spend over the amount he specified. As far as you knew, everything was fine and you were not doing anything illegal.

Then you and your boyfriend broke up and not in an amicable way. He has filed charges against you for credit card fraud. But surely since you had his permission, it was not fraud? Wrong.

Prescription medications and OWI charges in Michigan

While most states refer to impaired driving as either a DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated), Michigan refers to drunk or drugged driving charges as an OWI: operating while intoxicated. Like most states, Michigan sets its blood alcohol level at 0.08 percent. This means it is relatively simple to determine alcohol intoxication under the law in Michigan. However, the law for OWI charges also includes those who are determined to be impaired while under the influence of street drugs or even prescription medication.

Operating while intoxicated: Things you need to know

Do you live in Michigan? It doesn't matter if you're one of our Ann Arbor readers or reside in another part of the state, it's important to become familiar with the operating while intoxicated laws that are in place.

Just like the other 49 states, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent or higher.

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