California state and federal drug trafficking laws make it illegal for individuals to sell, transport and illegally import certain controlled substances such as methamphetamine, heroine, cocaine and marijuana. Penalties for drug trafficking offenses can range dramatically depending on a variety of factors such as the type of drug involved in the transaction, the amount of the substances and a person's past legal history.
Federal authorities and the Internal Revenue Service take tax fraud and tax evasion incredibly seriously. Individuals convicted of a federal offense for tax fraud or tax evasion can face stiff fines, the forfeiture of property and even long sentences in federal prison.
Both federal and state law prohibits the manufacturing, cultivation, trafficking, distribution and possession of certain illegal substances. While the penalties for drug charges can vary dramatically depending on the substance and intended use, drug trafficking is often considered one of the most serious drug offenses that a person can commit. California readers may find the following information on federal drug trafficking interesting.
White-collar crime covers a broad category of criminal activities. In general, what unifies white-collar crime is that the perpetrators or suspects are professionals who use deceit or fraud for financial gains through illegal means. Common types of white-collar crime include tax fraud, insider trading and embezzlement. California readers may have read about a high school football couth facing white-collar criminal charges.