Mark Theoharis

Mark Theoharis is a writer and attorney who specializes in legal writing for non-lawyers. The need to translate the Byzantine world of legal language into something an average reader can understand and use led him to create his company, De Novo Writing. He provides law firms, companies, and professionals with a range of services, from creating manuals and guides to ghost writing books and blog posts.

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Child Abuse: Laws & Criminal Penalties
While all states have laws that govern physical attacks against children, such as battery or homicide, many others also have laws that specifically address child abuse.
Child Endangerment Laws
A parent, guardian, or caregiver who allows a child to be placed or remain in a dangerous, unhealthy, or inappropriate situation can face criminal charges for child endangerment.
Felony Theft and Larceny Laws
Learn how states define and penalize felony theft and felony larceny.
Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
While the right to keep and bear arms is a constitutionally protected liberty, all states limit a person's ability to carry or possess certain weapons in certain situations. Each state has its own laws that establish the types of weapons that are illegal to own or possess.
Receiving Stolen Property
While theft is an universally understood crime, not everyone knows that you can also commit a theft crime if you acquire stolen or illegally obtained goods.
Probation Conditions: Violation Penalties and Revocation
When you're convicted of a crime you face potential punishments that include a fine and incarceration. However, courts can also impose a probation sentence in lieu of, or in addition to, fines and jail or prison time.
Burglary: Charges, Penalties, and Sentencing
When most people think of burglary, they think of a thief in a black outfit sneaking into someone's home in the middle of the night. While such activity definitely counts as burglary, the legal definition applies to a much broader range of activities.
Differences Between Theft, Burglary, and Robbery
The crimes of theft, robbery, and burglary are commonly lumped together because most people believe they involve the unlawful taking of someone else's property. While theft and robbery are similar crimes that involve the taking or attempted taking of personal property, burglary is slightly different.
Laws on Fraud
Fraud involves using a lie, deception, falsehood, or dishonesty in an attempt to gain a benefit. The states and the federal governments have identified many types of fraud as criminal.
Health Care Fraud
It's estimated that as much as 10 percent of all the money spent on health care every year is paid out on fraudulent claims. Health care fraud is a crime in which someone uses lies, deceptions, or falsehoods when filing a health care claim in an effort to make a profit or to gain some type of benefit.