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What you should know about criminal drug charge defense

When facing criminal drug charges in Greenville, try not to get too upset. You cannot afford for your anger and emotions to cloud your judgment about the steps you must take to defend yourself. You need a clear head to understand the grave reality of your situation and how it can affect you for the rest of your days. 

Drug charges can range from misdemeanor to felony. There are many factors law enforcement can use to determine what level of charge to give you, including the amount of controlled substance in your possession at the time of your arrest and if you have a criminal record.

Ponzi schemes can result in jail time

Being involved in a Ponzi scheme in South Carolina can cause more trouble than losing all of one’s gambling money; it can also result in criminal charges. One may start participating as an investor or contributor of funds with the hope of profit. However, that role may broaden to include recruitment of other participants, and often the recruiting efforts include persuasion with false promises and inaccurate information.

Recent South Carolina Ponzi scheme discovered

Concealed carry permits can lead to charges

South Carolina provides the right to carry a concealed weapon upon receiving the appropriate permit. However, mistakes happen, and some people find themselves at the wrong end of a charge of unlawful carrying of a handgun.

A criminal charge is not necessarily a conviction. The more a person knows, the more he may be able to avoid a conviction related to the carrying of a weapon.

Differences between Ponzi schemes and pyramid schemes

Bernie Madoff is arguably the most infamous Ponzi schemer in recent memory. In 2015 alone, 61 more Ponzi schemes became uncovered, and more are discovered each year. 

While many people use the terms "Ponzi scheme" and "pyramid scheme" interchangeably, there are some differences. There are naturally some similarities as well, and when facing charges, it is important to understand the differences.

Differences between assault, battery and aggravated assault

Assault and battery are serious crimes. There are various subdivisions for each type of crime. For instance, assault can constitute either a misdemeanor or felony. According to North Carolina law, even a misdemeanor assault can carry a one-year prison sentence.

Many times, people receive charges for both assault and battery. In other instances, it is one or the other. It is vital to understand the differences between the two, so that based on the actual charges, a criminal defense attorney can start building a case.

Doctors: 3 ways medical billing fraud charges can come about

Medical identity theft can take a long time to come to light, and physicians are as much at risk as patients. Once someone discovers a fraudulent scheme, an investigation may ensue, and a doctor's career and reputation could be in jeopardy.

Government agencies track incidents of provider medical identity theft. They have found that fraudsters use two main approaches to carry out their schemes, and doctors may even set the stage for their own trouble.

The complexities of medical billing

If you are involved in a medical practice, you probably know billing can be a pain. There are a lot of rules and regulations to follow, and proper oversight is critical.

Even so, mistakes still happen. You could even be under investigation for billing fraud and not know it. To that end, here are some tips to help prevent overbilling and misbilling:

4 elements of embezzlement

Embezzlement is an example of fraud, a white-collar crime which consists of a theft by a person who is responsible for the assets of another person or entity. The crime is more common in banking or retail industries, but employees in any type of business can misappropriate money.

Some types of embezzlement include fraudulent billing, falsification of records, payroll checks to false employees or simply taking money out of a till. There are many more ways to embezzle money as well. 

Have you been accused of check fraud?

Computer technology has made check fraud schemes increasingly easy to pull off for criminals. For example, with desktop publishing, it is possible to copy and manipulate documents of all kinds to the perpetrator’s advantage. On the other hand, someone could simply steal into your home or car and make off with some blank checks.

The point is, there are several ways to go about this sort of crime, and sometimes innocent people are caught up in the circumstances. If you have been wrongly accused of check fraud, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney without delay.

Push for mandatory minimum drug sentencing is back

To combat the so-called "war on drugs," Congress passed severe sentencing laws in the 1980s and 1990s. Regardless of a person's circumstances or the scenario, an individual found with certain traces of marijuana, cocaine or any other type of illegally controlled substance would be handed down a mandatory minimum sentence--such as life without the possibility of parole--if convicted.