IRS Now Strongly Focused On So-Called “Cryptocurrency”

In White Collar Crimesby RSF

On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in White Collar Crimes on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Criminal law authorities and enforcers in the United States are being progressively challenged these days by unfolding technologies that test their abilities to monitor citizens’ actions and call out unlawful behavior when they allege it is occurring. Investigators sometimes go to court for approval to unlock smartphones they suspect were used to abet crime, for example. The “dark web” spells a relatively new landscape where all manner of subterfuge and criminal activity is alleged. Hackers’ expertise is cited in everything from ransom attempts to large-scale identity theft. …

Taking A Look At The Financial Side Of DUIs

In Drug Crimesby RSF

On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Drug Crimes on Monday, November 27, 2017. Drunk or drugged driving are serious matters that need to be tended to quickly. For the people accused of these crimes, time is of the essence. There are very severe penalties associated with these offenses, and these penalties aren’t solely left to the realm of legal punishments. In all DUI cases, financial penalties — both directly tied to the DUI arrest and indirectly tied to the charge — can really hurt an accused person. So what specifically are we talking about here? Well, consider some of the basic elements in …

DWI In MO: When Do I Need An Ignition Interlock Device?

In Drug Crimesby RSF

On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Drug Crimes on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. A conviction for a driving while intoxicated (DWI) offense in Missouri can come with serious criminal penalties. In addition to fees and potential prison time, drivers may also need to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle they operate in order to drive. What is an ignition interlock device (IID)? An ignition interlock device is used to keep drivers who have consumed alcohol from driving. Essentially, the driver must provide a breath sample into the IID before the engine of the vehicle will start. The breath sample is tested and …

Prescription Drug Monitoring: When The Focus Is On Doctors

In Drug Crimesby RSF

On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Drug Crimes on Thursday, November 16, 2017. As noted in a recent St. Louis Post Dispatch article, there is more than one type of drug monitoring program operative in states across the country. What the paper terms a “traditional” model is a scheme in which physicians and pharmacists can access a government database tracking patient prescription information. Online data showing prescription history can alert medical actors to patterns of abuse and allow for intervention. Authorities often tout such initiatives as important cogs in flagging individuals at risk and getting them help. Less commonly noted is …