What Exactly Constitutes Healthcare Fraud?

As we’ve discussed in the past, there are numerous different ways in which the criminal act of fraud can be perpetrated. One of the most common, and indeed one of the most financially impactful in terms of dollars stolen per year, is fraud committed within the context of the U.S. healthcare system. By most estimates, public programs like Medicare as well as private healthcare programs lose billions of dollars every Read More

What is “Double Jeopardy”?

“Double jeopardy” is a term thrown around often in the media and everyday conversation, thanks in large part to a movie from the late 1990s of the same name. The true meaning of double jeopardy is often misunderstood despite the frequency of the term in popular culture. What does double jeopardy really mean? The right which protects an individual against double jeopardy comes straight from the U.S. Constitution. Read More

Understanding Florida “Conspiracy” Charges

Conspiracy is a word that immediately grabs the attention of anyone who hears it. For most people it conjures images of little green men at Roswell and crazy theories about shadow governments. Many people are surprised to learn that, in terms of criminal law, conspiracy actually refers to a serious and not uncommon crime. “Conspiracy” is defined as an agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime. The Read More

A Brief Guide to Florida Post-Conviction Relief

Most people believe that an appeal is the last resort for anyone who has been convicted of a crime. While it is true that most cases are concluded after the appeals court rules, there are potential options for relief afterwards. Under certain circumstances, a defendant in Florida who has been convicted of a crime and has had her conviction affirmed on appeal may file for Post-Conviction Relief. In Florida, Read More

A Brief Guide to the Criminal Discovery Process

Did you know that most of the work performed by a criminal defense attorney is done outside of the courtroom? In a criminal case, discovery is the process used by a defendant to obtain information from the prosecution regarding the case filed against him or her. The discovery process typically begins after formal charges are filed at arraignment. In most jurisdictions, the prosecution must disclose the evidence Read More

“Not Guilty” is Not Enough When it Comes to Your Criminal Record

When someone is arrested and charged with a crime, they go through an extensive booking process. We’re all familiar with the concept of being “booked” by which the arresting authority takes the arrestee’s photograph, fingerprints, and biographical information about the person. But what exactly do they do with it, and how does it affect that person in the future, after the case is closed? All of this information, Read More

Understanding Federal Criminal Forfeiture

Did you know that if you are charged with and convicted of a crime in federal court, you could lose a lot more than your freedom as a penalty? The process is called “Criminal Forfeiture,” and it gives the government sweeping powers to seize certain property and assets both before and following a criminal conviction. The FBI defines the purpose of criminal asset forfeiture as follows: The use of asset forfeiture Read More

Understanding the Dangers of Talking to the Police—Even When You Think You Are Innocent

What would you do at work if your boss called you into his office and said you were going to face disciplinary measures for something you know you didn’t do? Of course, you would detail exactly what happened and why you are not at fault, right? What about if you got home late from running errands and your spouse begins to yell at you because they suspect you of infidelity? Certainly, you would do all you can to Read More

What To Do When the FBI Comes Knocking

So, you are just sitting down to dinner when you hear a knock on your door. You weren’t expecting company, so who could it be? You open the door to see a pair of FBI agents brandishing their badges. They need some information, they say. They just want to talk to you, they say. “Am I in trouble?” you ask. “We just want to ask you some questions,” they respond. What do you do in this situation? They haven’t Read More

A Step-By-Step Guide to the Arrest Process

If the government elects to charge you with a crime, one of the first things that is going to happen is that you will probably be arrested. Most of us know the term “arrested.” We have a general understanding that it means being taken to jail by the police. However, most people really do not know how the process works on a step-by-step basis. In fact, unless you’ve actually been arrested before, you probably only Read More