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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.

Here's what you never learned about your Miranda rights on TV

You know the drill: The police detective corners the suspect, the cuffs come out and the detective starts to recite, "You have the right to remain silent..." while he or she is snapping those cuffs into place. You've probably seen it play out a hundred times or more on television police dramas.

Don't try to outrun a conviction

If you're facing extensive criminal charges for a white collar crime like embezzlement, securities violations, fraud or something similar, it's only natural to feel a host of strong emotions. You may be depressed at the potential penalties and the turn your life has taken. You may be angry at whatever situation started the whole mess. You may be frustrated at the way you are being perceived in the press.

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