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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.

Why drug dogs need a warrant to sniff out your home

Besides supplying you with shelter and storage, your home provides privacy, and you want to be sure that what you do inside your home remains private unless you choose to do otherwise. Even if you are engaging in illegal activity, you have the right for law enforcement to follow legal procedures on discovering and confirming the criminal behavior. Police officers have to follow specific laws on what they can do on or in your property and when, and those restrictions extend to the actions of police dogs. Learn what the law says about drug dogs sniffing out your home without a warrant.

Drug offenders need treatment, not incarceration

If you have ever been convicted of a drug-related crime in South Carolina, you may have been offered participation in drug court as an alternative to serving time behind bars. Drug courts are highly regulated programs that aim to help keep you out of jail and off drugs through a variety of methods, which may include regular court appearances, drug tests and therapy sessions, among other components.

3 things to know about women and DUIs

Quick, imagine someone driving drunk. Okay, who did you picture? If you are like many people, you imagined a man, maybe in his 30s, or perhaps you conjured a college student-still male. There is probably a reason you envisioned a man; after all, the fact is that men drive more under the influence than women do. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety points out that 1.5 percent of the female drivers in a 2007 survey had a BAC in excess of 0.08 percent, while the figure was 2.6 percent for men. That said, there are many considerations for women who drive after drinking.

Why criminal charges do not lead to an automatic conviction

When you have been caught and charged with committing an illegal activity, you may believe your future has been ruined. Although any negative interaction with law enforcement or the judicial system may present difficulties for you later in life, it is not the same as having to face the consequences of an actual criminal conviction. You still have the right to a trial and for a judge or jury (depending on the crime) to find you guilty before receiving any punishment. The right to this process and the possibility of not being convicted is due to the principle of presumption of innocence.

What is the Confrontation Clause?

A significant part of a trial is the testimony of witnesses who saw you commit the criminal activity of which you are accused, or who have other relevant information. Witnesses may be beneficial when they are there to help your cause but can be harmful when they are there on the behalf of the prosecution. For this reason, the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution includes a provision called the Confrontation Clause that states you have the right to confront face-to-face the witnesses testifying against you.

How juror selection works in South Carolina

If you are called for jury service in the state of South Carolina, it can be helpful to understand the process by which juries are selected so that you know what to expect when you get there. If you've been charged with a criminal offense in the state, understanding jury selection becomes even more important, because when you understand the process better, you may also be better equipped to participate in your own defense. Here is what you need to know about the process.

How DNA evidence gets compromised

If there has been one innovation that has quickly redefined the way that the criminal justice system conducts its business over the last thirty years, it has been the advent of DNA evidence and the forensic investigation methods used to unearth it. Not only has this new scientific field revolutionized the way that evidence is handled, analyzed, and weighed in courtrooms around the country, it has also captured the public imagination, with countless TV shows and movies that cover its controversies, facts, and methods in ways that are always enthusiastic, even if they are not always as accurate as they could be.

Ponzi Schemes: What they are, why they matter

High-rolling lifestyles can be very appealing. People with large incomes can afford to bankroll projects, fund charities and even help siblings and friends with monetary gifts. Generosity not only looks good, it genuinely feels good. But what happens when someone goes too far, too fast, in chasing a financial dream?