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What's a personal digital criminal legacy?

The days when a white collar criminal could serve their sentence, quietly redeem themselves and move on are long gone. Today, a white collar criminal conviction is likely to leave you with a lasting "personal digital criminal legacy" that won't go away. Even worse, your family may suffer the same fate, strictly by association.

Is there less white collar crime than before?

Aside from a few very high-profile cases (like the "college admission scandal" that has caught numerous celebrities and well-placed parents up in its wake), you may be hearing far less about white collar crime than you once did -- but that probably isn't because it isn't happening. It may just be that they're not being prosecuted quite as often.

The college admission scandal and a risky defense strategy

The college admission scandal has captured the attention of most of the country because it offers a glimpse into a world of privilege gone awry. Now, the defense strategy of some of the parents involved may be once again turning to privilege -- but that's a risky maneuver that could backfire.

What does it mean to suppress evidence in a criminal case?

If you're the defendant in a criminal case, one of the most important questions your attorney may ask is not, "What did you do?" but "What can the prosecutor prove that you did?" In fact, a good part of your attorney's job may focus around suppressing evidence in your case.

Impeaching a witness

One of the worst parts about being a defendant in a white collar criminal case is that you learn -- really fast -- who you shouldn't have trusted. It isn't uncommon to feel angry, hurt and outright betrayed by the witnesses who seemingly come out of the proverbial woodwork to testify against you, especially when you feel like they're only doing so because they have a grudge against you or another personal reason to exaggerate -- or even lie.

Avoiding inadvertent mortgage fraud

Taking out a mortgage is probably the biggest financial transaction most people ever make in their lifetimes -- and it's a scary, confusing process. Unfortunately, unwary consumers can be led astray by unscrupulous mortgage brokers and lenders. Before you take out a mortgage, it's important to realize that you can get into serious trouble if you're involved in any kind of mortgage fraud -- even accidentally.

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