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No one likes paying taxes. You see money being siphoned from your paycheck each month and dread receiving your tax return just to hear that you owe the government even more money. Unfortunately, there is no way to escape this aspect of “adulting.” Some individuals will use tax avoidance to try to lower their tax bills. This is not to be confused with the illegal practice of tax evasion. Avoidance is a legal method of structuring your finances and transactions to help you receive the largest tax benefits at the end of the year. While tax evasion may sound similar, it is actually an illegal attempt to cheat the system. In some circumstances, a person can unintentionally commit tax fraud as the victim of scammers.

Examples of Tax Evasion

Tax evasion is a type of tax fraud that could lead to someone spending time behind bars. Some people unintentionally commit tax fraud, but many offenders intentionally try to avoid their civic duties. Actions that could result in criminal charges include:

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Naperville criminal defense attorney

If you are arrested on suspicion of a crime, police officers will likely want to perform a search and seize any evidence which could be used against you. However, they must follow the laws when doing so. If you believe your rights have been violated by an illegal search and seizure, you should seek legal counsel immediately. The laws can be complicated, and there is often a fine line between what police can and cannot do when it comes to searching and/or taking your property. Even if the police found and seized drugs or other illegal contraband from your property or person, you may be able to have that evidence suppressed if it was not legally obtained. The Fourth Amendment protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures, and an experienced attorney can determine whether your rights have been violated.

What Is Search and Seizure?

A “search” is a means through which government officials (usually police officers) go through a person’s house, vehicle, documents, and more, looking for evidence of illegal activity. In general, police will need a warrant to search a home or a car, but they can sometimes get around this if they have “probable cause.”

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St. Charles criminal defense lawyer rightsExcept for in certain cases where there is probable cause to believe you committed a crime, you cannot be arrested until the police have a valid warrant for your arrest. This does not mean you will not interact with law enforcement before being arrested – you likely will. And during these interactions, there will be numerous opportunities for you to incriminate yourself. Successful criminal defense depends largely on avoiding self-incrimination. Keep the following tips in mind during your law enforcement interactions to avoid incriminating yourself.

Do Not Speak with Law Enforcement

If you remember nothing else about avoiding incrimination during your initial interaction with law enforcement, remember this: you have the right to remain silent. There are a few circumstances under which you are required to identify yourself to police. They are:

  • If you are stopped while driving a car, you must show your driver’s license; and
  • If you are in a public space, and law enforcement has reason to believe you were involved in a crime, they may ask you to identify yourself. If the officers have identified themselves as police officers in this circumstance, you must comply with their request.

Beyond identifying yourself, you are not required to answer any questions.

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child pornography possession, Naperville criminal defense attorney, child pornography, child pornography charges, child sex crimesIn the United States, it is illegal for an individual under the age of 18 to appear in pornographic material. It is also illegal for a consumer to intentionally purchase, possess, create, transport, distribute, or share pornographic material that features individuals under 18.

Any interaction with child pornography is a sex crime that can have steep penalties for an individual convicted under Illinois or federal law.

Sometimes, an innocent individual faces a child pornography possession charge and can be subject to these steep penalties if he or she is convicted. There are many viable defenses to a child pornography charge, and the right one for you depends on the nature of your alleged offense.

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Naperville criminal defense attorney, juvenile defense, juvenile crime, juvenile justice system, juvenile justice system,Young men and women make mistakes. This is simply a part of growing up for many individuals. But when a teenager’s mistake results in an arrest, he or she can face life-changing penalties like large fines and incarceration. In this type of situation, it is in the teen’s best interest to start working with an experienced juvenile defense attorney as soon as possible. 

Stay Calm 

Hearing that your child has been arrested can be earth-shattering. Despite how you feel about the arrest, you need to stay calm and think logically. You child has been arrested, not found guilty. During the initial contact after your child’s arrest, assure him or her of his or her rights and responsibilities, such as the responsibility to be cooperative and polite with police, but the right to refuse to answer questions without a lawyer present. 

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