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In a Major Reversal, N.J. Attorney General Once Again Allows Police to Pursue Stolen Cars

In response to a dramatic surge in car thefts across New Jersey, State Attorney General Matt Platkin announced today that he is reversing a policy that prevented police officers from pursuing stolen cars. In late 2021, Platkin effected a statewide policy that prohibited police from chasing a stolen car unless they suspected it had been used [...]

By |2022-05-02T11:00:51-04:00May 2nd, 2022|Arrest Warrant, Convictions, Criminal Charges, Criminal Investigation, Due Process, NJ Superior Courts, Plea Bargaining, Police, Prison|Comments Off on In a Major Reversal, N.J. Attorney General Once Again Allows Police to Pursue Stolen Cars

DOJ’s Aggressive Prosecutions of COVID-19 Schemes and Healthcare Fraud Continues

The Department of Justice just announced charges against 21 individuals in a nationwide crackdown of COVID-19 related prosecutions that resulted in $150 million worth of fraud. The schemes were varied and involved medical doctors, medical labs, marketers and others in the healthcare field. For instance, two owners of a lab in California allegedly billed more [...]

What to Do When Federal Agents Come Knocking

It’s 6 a.m. or 8 p.m., your doorbell rings and two people are standing outside holding up their badges and credentials.  They say they are Special Agents with the FBI or IRS and would like to talk with you for just a few minutes about something important.  They ask if they could come in to [...]

Attorney General Garland’s Emphasis on White Collar Crime

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is planning a hiring spree to investigate and prosecute pandemic related fraud and traditional white collar crimes. President Biden’s budget seeks $3.5 million to hire an additional 120 prosecutors to focus on pandemic related fraud and $325 million for 900 additional FBI agents [...]

Health Care Prosecutions by DOJ’s Fraud Section

In addition to the 93 U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country that investigate and prosecute health care fraud, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division based in Washington D.C. has approximately 76 federal prosecutors devoted to such prosecutions. This DOJ Unit targets complex health care fraud involving illegal prescription, distribution and diversion [...]

Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

When someone pleads guilty or is convicted of a federal or state crime, there are serious collateral consequences, in addition to potential jail time, forfeiture, restitution and other fines and penalties.  The term ‘‘collateral consequence’’ means a collateral sanction or a disqualification, a penalty, disability, or disadvantage that is imposed by law as a result [...]

By |2022-02-02T18:15:56-04:00February 2nd, 2022|Arrest Warrant, Asset Forfeiture, Convictions, Criminal Charges, Criminal Defense Law Firm News, Federal Courts, Federal Plea & Sentencing Mitigation, Felony, Plea Bargaining, Prison|Comments Off on Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

Choosing the Right Attorney – What You Should Ask in the First Consultation

When someone is being investigated or charged with a criminal offense, it is one of the most stressful and unnerving times of the person’s life. It is common to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about who to hire and what to ask in the initial consultation with a criminal defense attorney. Below are some tips on [...]

By |2022-01-25T19:59:35-04:00January 25th, 2022|Attorney-Client Privilege, Criminal Charges, Criminal Trial, NJ Superior Courts, Privacy, White Collar Criminal Defense|Comments Off on Choosing the Right Attorney – What You Should Ask in the First Consultation

Lying to Federal Agents Can Lead to Serious Criminal Charges – Always Insist on Having an Attorney Present:

Typical scenario – early morning, FBI agents show up unannounced at your home or workplace wanting to speak with you. You are not under arrest, they are simply investigating something that you can help with. Maybe it’s about your employer, or friend, or something you were involved in with others. You are caught off-guard by [...]

By |2022-01-14T14:02:07-04:00January 14th, 2022|Criminal Appeals, Criminal Charges, Criminal Trial, Fifth Amendment, Perjury|Comments Off on Lying to Federal Agents Can Lead to Serious Criminal Charges – Always Insist on Having an Attorney Present:

Embezzlement, Employee Theft and Criminal Forfeiture

Chief Financial Officers, Account Managers and bookkeepers all, to vary degrees, are trusted employees who have access to corporate funds. Access to company funds, with little or sporadic oversight, can leave a company vulnerable to a variety of fraudulent schemes to obtain funds those employees were not entitled to. Common schemes include: The trusted employee [...]

By |2022-01-11T18:20:19-04:00January 11th, 2022|Asset Forfeiture, Business Fraud, Criminal Charges, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Trial, White Collar Criminal Defense, White-Collar Crime Penalties|Comments Off on Embezzlement, Employee Theft and Criminal Forfeiture

Manhattan District Attorney Overhauls Criminal Prosecution

Newly sworn in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg issued new policies and procedures to his staff that substantially altered existing office policy in prosecuting criminal cases. The new directive defers certain prosecutions for lower-level offenses, reduces certain felony offenses, prohibits seeking life in prison without parole, and prohibits seeking bail except in limited violent offenses.

By |2022-01-05T19:33:51-04:00January 5th, 2022|Arrest Warrant, Bail, Convictions, Criminal Charges, Criminal Defense Law Firm News, Criminal Discovery, Criminal Investigation, Felony, Indictment, Sentencing|Comments Off on Manhattan District Attorney Overhauls Criminal Prosecution
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