The first question most clients ask is: “Will I go to jail?” When it comes to Medicaid fraud, that is a possibility. Fortunately, it is not the only possibility.
What will happen in your case depends on your specific facts and circumstances. You must begin with an analysis of the evidence by an experienced Medicaid fraud attorney.
Some cases are defendable. The investigators may not have all the facts, the evidence against you may be weak, or the witnesses may lack credibility. If the government has a weak case, then your lawyer should make every effort to defeat the charges. The best time to do that is during the investigation stage, before any criminal charges are filed. In many cases, we have convinced investigators to drop their investigations or settle the matter with no criminal charges at all.
In other cases, the evidence is so strong that there is no real defense. However, an experienced defense lawyer can still help you avoid the most serious consequences.
Even if you are guilty, you have a very good chance of avoiding a jail sentence if you have never been arrested before, the amount of money involved is relatively small, and you are able to make restitution (that is, to pay back money). The prosecutor and judge may allow you to plead to a reduced charge, such as a misdemeanor with no jail time. You may be sentenced to probation, a fine, a conditional discharge, or community service.
In some cases, we have been able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss all criminal charges even when our client admitted that they were guilty as charged. The outcome always depends on the specific facts of your case.
We have helped hundreds of people just like you defend against Medicaid fraud claims. We have convinced investigators to drop their investigations or to settle cases without any criminal charges. In more difficult cases, we have convinced prosecutors to reduce charges and agree to no jail time for our clients. We have also taken cases to trial and convinced the jury that our client did not commit Medicaid fraud.
You should begin right away with a free and confidential consultation to discuss your specific facts and circumstances. Do not delay. Medicaid fraud charges are like a cancer. The sooner you take action to address the problem, the better are your chances of a good outcome. Call John Howley, Esq. at (212) 601-2728 today to schedule a free consultation.