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2 key elements of tax fraud that the IRS looks for

The U.S. government takes taxes very seriously, and the potential penalties for committing fraud are significant. As complex as taxes are, there is an obligation to navigate the system properly at all times. A willful intent to do anything else may constitute fraud and lead to legal charges.

There are two key things that an IRS compliance employee is going to look for in a fraud investigation. Both things must be shown for it to really be a fraud case. They are:

  • That you deliberately intended to avoid paying all the taxes that were due, and that you still owe that additional money as a result.
  • That you willfully sent in inaccurate paperwork or made inaccurate statements in an attempt to keep from paying this money.

Restrictions for the hardship license in Louisiana

One of the biggest inconveniences that comes with charges of DWI is a suspension of your driving privileges. A first offense in the Bayou State alone results in a one-year license suspension, and it increases with subsequent convictions. You might not have access to a vehicle for a while, so how are you supposed to go to necessary places like work or school?

Thankfully, the state does allow you to apply for a hardship license. This license will only allow you to drive to necessary locations such as your college, workplace, grocery store or a substance abuse program ordered by the court. Before you think about getting one, you need to know more about the application process and what can happen if you violate the conditions.

When do marijuana charges become felonies in Louisiana?

Minor marijuana crimes, such as possession of 14 grams or less, come with equally minor legal ramifications. In Louisiana, a first offense conviction for that type of possession carries a maximum $300 fine and a maximum of 15 days in jail. The state also has medical marijuana laws, so it is possible to use the drug legally under the right circumstances.

When do the charges get more serious? When could you be facing a felony?

Understanding five common drunk driving defense strategies

You are facing criminal charges for drunk driving, and you feel terrified. You never thought that you would end up in this position—all you wanted to do was drive from one location to the next after having a few drinks. You may believe that a criminal conviction for DUI or DWI is inevitable. Fortunately, this is far from true.

Many people believe that if they face criminal charges for drunk driving, the case is open and shut: A police officer gave them a breathalyzer, they blew a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit and they will now be convicted of DUI or DWI. However, there is no such thing as an open-and-shut case, and there are many options for putting up a strong defense against these charges.

What is the Louisiana ignition interlock device law?

Facing a DUI charge can be a nerve-wracking time in your life. A driver may be unsure of what to do after their traffic stop. A drunk driving conviction can have various penalties, including having an ignition interlock device installed in your car.

An ignition interlock device (IID) integrates breath alcohol testing with your vehicle’s ignition system. Prior to starting your vehicle, you will need to submit a breath sample into the hand-held portion of the device that tests the presence of alcohol. If your Breath Alcohol Concentration is below Louisiana’s ignition interlock limit, 0.030, your vehicle will start. If a higher concentration of alcohol is detected, your vehicle will not start until a passing sample is provided.

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