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Understanding what constitutes an aggravated assault

Being accused of a violent crime is a serious situation. The penalties associated with the crime are harsh due to the severity of the allegations, meaning defendants accused of such a crime are likely to endure personal and professional damages in addition to losing their freedoms if convicted. Thus, it is important to gain a full perspective of the situation, understanding your rights and abilities to assert a defense.

An aggravated assault is more serious than an assault charge because it typically involves the use of a weapon. Other factors that raise the severity of this charge include the status of the victim involved, the intent of the defendant and the degree of the injury caused by the supposed crime.

Mississippi woman accused of insurance fraud

While any criminal allegation has it consequences, some crimes carry with them personal and professional harms as well. Even if a conviction does not result, a person's reputation could be hurt. Thus, those accused of such a crime, like any crime, should take timely action to understand their situation and what defense options could be available.

According to recent reports, a Mississippi woman was arrested for insurance fraud. According to authorities, the 57-year-old woman was accused of presenting an altered Explanation of Benefits form to both Southern Administrators and Benefits Consultants, Inc. This was done as a means to seek reimbursement for medical expenses for which she apparently already received reimbursements.

What are the defense options for drug possession charges?

Being accused of a drug crime is anything but an easy situation to deal with. However, it is a circumstance that should be dealt with and individuals in Mississippi and elsewhere should understand their rights and defense options. Taking a proactive and aggressive approach against a drug charge could significantly reduce the penalties and consequences faced if a conviction occurs.

What are the defense options for drug possession charges? Whether you are facing possession charges following a traffic stop or the search of your residence, it is important to note that these searches and seizures of supposed drugs must be conducted legally. An unlawful search and seizure violates a defendant's Fourth Amendment rights.

Protecting your rights when facing drug charges

There is an underlying misconception that if an individual is accused of a drug crime, he or she must have either been found in possession of a controlled substance or were caught attempting to sell a narcotic. Needless to say, this is a wrong perspective to have on drug crimes, as the situation has a large grey area when it comes to criminal accusations and defense options. Thus, those accused of a drug crime in Mississippi should note their right and legal options when it comes to asserting a strong defense.

When an individual is charged with a drug crime, he or she is likely to feel helpless against the growing case the state has against them. However, it is important to note that, just because evidence has been collected against you, it doesn't mean that all of it will stick in your case. At Cynthia A. Stewart, P.A., our experienced legal team understands that not all evidence is lawfully collected; thereby creating the opportunity to suppress evidence and asserting an aggressive criminal defense.

2 Mississippi men facing federal health care fraud charges

The Department of Health and Human Services has been vigilant in detecting possible instances of health care fraud. About a week ago, the agency announced that more than 400 individuals were charged with committing health care fraud. The alleged fraudulent billing practices from those charged exceeded $1.3 billion.

Two of the people facing charges are from Mississippi. Both of the men's fraud charges stem from activity conducted with TRICARE.

When a medical professional is facing drug charges

It can be a very serious situation for a medical professional when they are accused of wrongdoing. Such accusations can sometimes lead to criminal charges. Among the charges sometimes brought against health care providers are drug charges. This can be seen in a recent set of arrests here in Mississippi.

The arrests involved six health care professionals. The arrested individuals included a doctor, a medical assistant, a licensed practical nurse, a registered nurse and two pharmacy technicians.

Hospice fraud carries serious penalties for medical professionals

One of the harder parts of being a health care professional is caring for patients that are suffering from a terminal illness. In those instances, the patient may be referred to a hospice program.

It is important to know the rules that dictate whether a patient is eligible to receive Medicare payments for their hospice care. Failing to adhere to these regulations could leave health care professionals vulnerable to charges of hospice fraud.

What constitutes Medicare fraud?

Our health care system and government health care programs like Medicare are complex. In light of these complexities, it shouldn’t be a surprise that medical professionals are accused of abusing or defrauding Medicare from time to time.

Sometimes Medicare fraud and Medicare abuse are lumped together. It’s important to understand, however, that the two are different.


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