It does not take a genius to know that the Internet has changed California. It has reshaped our economy, society's breadth and depth of knowledge and the way we entertain ourselves. Yet, as we have discussed in the previous weeks here on the blog, it has also opened up a whole new avenue through which Californians can face criminal charges. Amongst those crimes Californians could face is drug trafficking.
The reach of federal law can be long. Because of this, many Californians may find themselves facing criminal allegations, either for activities that they did not know where criminal, or they may be wrongly accused of a federal offense. For this reason, it is often imperative that those facing criminal charges find a way to create a defense strategy that protects their best interests. This often means speaking with a qualified attorney, negotiating with prosecutors and presenting a defendant's side of the story through litigation.
In last week's blog post, we discussed how selling fake items online can lead to criminal charges. This often occurs when a Californian, without authorization, places another's trademark on their products with the intention of reaping the benefits of that mark. For example, a California consumer may be more drawn to Nike than to an unknown brand of shoes. So, in the eyes of the law, using the Nike Swoosh logo on the unknown shoes is wrong.
The Internet has become a marketplace that rivals the physical world. The number of online merchants and the variety of products available online is astounding. California retailers and those reselling goods can find themselves in a strong financial position by utilizing this market. But, they can also find themselves in hot legal water, particularly when allegations of selling fake products arise.