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January 2018 Archives

Could medicinal marijuana lead to criminal charges?

It has been nearly 10 years since voters approved the Michigan Medical Marijuana Initiative, and licensed dispensaries have helped those who deal with chronic pain and related maladies find a way to cope that departs from traditional opioids and other painkillers. But even with legalized marijuana, users may still find themselves running afoul of the law.

4 ways doctors could accidentally commit Medicare fraud

As a doctor in Grand Rapids, your main focus is probably patient care. More than likely, you will do whatever it takes to make sure your patients regain their health as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there are other aspects of a medical practice that you have to be aware of as well. For instance, if you mismanage the administrative side of your private practice, you could end up facing a Medicare fraud charge.

Expect more money laundering cases to be pursued

While the legislative session in Lansing and Washington, D.C. begin, headlines have been teeming with information about budget battles, votes on controversial issues and, of course, a government shutdown. In the midst of these legislative headlines, money laundering statutes and enforcement policies appear to be hidden.

More men suing colleges after suspensions sex crime allegations

As we have noted in a number of our posts, those accused of sex crimes, particularly men, are treated as if they have already been convicted of such crimes. Indeed, these feelings likely come from the social stigma that comes with sex crimes, as they are considered the most invasive and heinous crimes in our society.

A few things to know about search and seizure

Felony charges are not created in a vacuum. They sometimes are created through searches that are not exactly illegal, but are conducted largely because a suspect does not know their rights under federal law, thus allowing law enforcement officers to discover evidence they might not have if a person’s constitutional rights were respected.

Why employees may not say anything about sex crime accusations

Indeed, the nation’s economy suggests that the job market is poised to improve in 2018, having a good job is better than hunting for one. However, the job market can still tenuous for those who work minimum wage jobs. When employees are on this end of the spectrum, they tend to worry more about keeping their jobs.

Did you commit income tax fraud?

No one really wants to pay taxes. Unfortunately, it is a necessary evil in order to keep the government running. With tax filing time right around the corner, you are going to have to present your income and allowable expenses on your tax return. While it is not uncommon to make a mistake when you fill in your tax forms, there is a line where some "mistakes" become fraud.

Thoughts on mental health reform in Michigan prisons

At this time of year, crimes are not commonly a newsworthy topic, especially if it does not deal with drunk driving or overzealous New Year’s reveling. But it should, especially when prison reform is one of the most complicated topics legislators and law enforcement must deal with.

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