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12-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, a juvenile criminal record can be sealed in two ways:  (1) automatically restricted to everyone except criminal justice agencies; and (2) permanently sealed and concealed from all.  The…

11-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, sexting crimes committed by minors and adults are treated differently, with different laws used to prosecute minors versus adults and differing penalties as well. Minor Sexting Texas’ law…

10-05-2016 - Legal Updates

The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, who received probation for killing four people while driving drunk, made the grave error of trying to help her son escape more trouble…

09-05-2016 - Legal Updates

Typically, federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over federal offenses and state courts have exclusive jurisdiction over state offenses.   In some cases, certain crimes can qualify as both federal and state…

06-05-2016 - Legal Updates

  Texas passed a stand your ground law in 2007, which allows for the use of force “when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately…

05-05-2016 - Fraud

A Watertown, Massachusetts, man has been convicted of securities fraud after a federal jury in Boston found him guilty of profiting from an insider trading tip he received on a…

Texas Judge Sentences Irish National to One Year in Prison for Illegal Trafficking of Rhino Horns

February 23, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A federal judge in Waco, Texas, has sentenced an Irish national to 12 months in prison for conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act in connection to illegal rhinoceros horn trafficking, Patrick Sheridan was arrested in the United Kingdom in January 2015 pursuant to a provisional arrest…

Nigerian Man Arrested in Dallas for Elaborate Email Fraud Scheme

February 22, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A Nigerian man has been arrested in Dallas, accused of defrauding 17 Texas companies out of more than $600,000 in an elaborate business compromise email (BCE) scheme, according to a news report. Amechi Colvis Amuegbunam, 28, is accused of creating false documents and fake Internet domains…

Understanding the Definition of White Collar Crime

February 08, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

White collar crime refers to deceptive acts that are designed to produce some type of financial gain.  White collar offenses are financial crimes and do not involve any violent or drug-related criminal behavior; in fact, many perpetrators of white collar crimes are typically involved in legal…

DOJ Data Shows White Collar Crime Prosecutions at 20-Year Low

January 04, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A report by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse shows that federal prosecution of white collar crime is at its lowest level in the last 20 years, down more than 36% from 1995.  For 2015, white collar crime prosecutions are estimated to be 12.3% lower than…

What is a Federal Fraud Offense?

November 04, 2015 by Cogdell Law Firm

If an individual intentionally uses deception or misrepresentation to gain benefit for himself or others, that person can be prosecuted for fraud.  Federal fraud is prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office; the most common types of federal fraud cases involve the following: Mail and Wire Fraud…