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Medicare and Medicaid Fraud by Health Care Providers

Of the types of health care fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud are among the most common forms of misconduct prosecuted under of the federal False Claims Act (FCA). The False Claims Act was enacted in 1863 by Congress and is also known as the “Lincoln Law.” It’s a law that protects the government against false… Read more »

Why You Should Retain an Attorney When an Investigation Starts

Portland Maine Criminal Defense Attorney Often times an investigation by local or federal authorities is begun without the knowledge of the person or entity that is the target thereof.  It may be based on an anonymous tip, an allegation by the alleged victim, cooperation by an alleged co-conspirator or other sources.  Sooner or later the… Read more »

Drug Trafficking – A Federal Offense

Criminal Defense Lawyer Portland, Maine Drug trafficking or distribution may be charged as a state or federal offense and carries a potentially lengthy sentence upon conviction.  The jurisdiction in which a drug trafficking offense is charged is very significant since generally speaking the sentences imposed in federal drug cases are far harsher than in similar state cases. Whether a drug trafficking… Read more »

What to Do in the Face of a Tax Evasion Charge

Tax evasion is ordinarily a federal offense. This means it is going to be investigated and prosecuted at the federal level. This also means a very aggressive prosecution and very substantial penalties if convicted. This is a conviction that could be life altering with draconian financial consequences. This doesn’t mean that everyone who owes money… Read more »

Understanding Maine Theft Crimes and Penalties

Like all crimes in Maine, theft crimes are categorized by class. The value of the stolen item, the intent of the perpetrator, and the method by which the crime was committed are factors which determine the category of a theft crime. The categories range from minor misdemeanor charges to very serious felony charges. In either case, it is necessary to hire a… Read more »

Felony Possession of a Firearm

Felony possession of a firearm is a crime that can be tried at the state and Federal levels. However, for a person to be accused of this crime, they must be considered a “prohibited person.” According to Federal law 8 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1-9), a prohibited person is defined as any of the following: A person… Read more »

Maine Human Trafficking Lawyer

How is Human Trafficking Legally Defined in Maine? What exactly is human trafficking?  Obvious examples, as seen on television  and in the movies,  involve containers full of enslaved, starving women or a dingy basement full of shackled women and men but in reality there are more subtle forms of human trafficking  involving the use of coercion, force, and fraud to force people into occupations… Read more »

Maine OUI Lawyer

Maine Mandatory Minimum Penalties For Repeat OUI Convictions Aggravating Factors Speeding 30mph Blood Alcohol Level BAC at 0.15 or more Eluding and Resisting Any attempt to avoid being apprehended  and breath-tested, no matter how minor Minor Passenger Anyone in the car under the age of 21 Breath Test Refusal If you refuse the breath test,… Read more »

What are the Consequences for Maine Drugged Driving?

What is Drugged Driving? Officially known as an OUI or Operating Under the Influence, drugged driving is the specific term used for cases where it is alleged a person operated a vehicle under the influence of any drugs including but not limited heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and any similar controlled substances. This is an incredibly dangerous… Read more »