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Understanding Texas Healthcare Fraud Laws

Posted on February 21, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

Healthcare fraud is considered a subcategory of standard fraud. If convicted of healthcare fraud, the defendant faces a wide range of penalties. Although healthcare fraud is considered a single type of fraud, there are various types of healthcare fraud, including health insurance fraud (such as private insurers, Medicare or Medicaid fraud), drug fraud, and medical fraud. Healthcare fraud is said to occur when an individual or business...

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What is an Indictment?

Posted on February 14, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

The handing down of an indictment marks the prosecution's formal charge of a suspect in the commission of a crime. The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution says that an individual can't be charged with an infamous or capital crime other than by indictment by a grand jury or presentment. Presentment involves the formal presentation of details to a court, such as by a sworn jury's...

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What Are the Most Common Federal Crimes?

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

If you want to know the answer to “What are the most common federal crimes?” you’re not alone. Many people don’t understand the differences between state and federal crimes. The short answer to the question is that state crimes violate state laws whereas federal crimes violate specific federal statutes. A federal crime is investigated and prosecuted by the federal court, but a state crime is investigated and...

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When is a Drug Crime a Federal Offense?

Posted on January 31, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

This article considers why and when an individual arrested for drug charges ends up in a federal prison. Most people arrested on drug charges interact with local law enforcement professionals, but anyone arrested for a drug offense may face federal drug charges if the matter is both a state and federal crime. Are you or someone you know facing federal drug charges? Contact criminal defense attorney Brett Podolsky for...

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Pleading ‘No Contest’

Posted on January 24, 2018 by Law Office of Brett A Podolsky

If you’re facing criminal charges, you may have the option to enter a no contest or nolo contendere (“I do not wish to contend”) plea. Your criminal defense lawyer will explain the possible benefits of entering a no contest plea if it is available in the jurisdiction in which you were charged with a crime. A no contest plea may be used in a criminal proceeding as...

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