September 10, 2014

I’m trying to get a felony welfare fraud conviction off my record but they say I need to pay restitution. What does this mean for getting it expunged?

The issue is whether you have successfully completed the terms of your probation. One of the terms appears to be that you pay restitution of the government benefits you improperly received. If you haven’t paid the restitution, you have not successfully completed the terms of your probation and you will not be entitled to an […]

September 10, 2014

Is selling knock-off name brand items illegal?

Yes, it is illegal under 18 United States Code Section 2320. The penalty is based upon the value of the infringed item (which is the genuine item, such as Gucci or Chanel) instead of the value of the infringing item (the fake). It is punished similarly to a theft. Advising a potential customer that it […]

September 10, 2014

If you are charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, will you be charged with doing the crime?

Yes, if the crime was actually committed. If it wasn’t actually committed, then they will only charge the conspiracy, which is essentially an agreement between two or more people to commit a crime, with at least one act towards doing so. That agreement does not require the crime to actually be committed.