The Orlando criminal defense lawyers at The Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz, P.A. defend doctors and pharmacists, pharmacies and clinics, as well as patients who have been arrested and charged with prescription drug fraud.
While the American justice system does not allow you to be twice put in jeopardy in a criminal court for the same crime, you can be tried in both criminal and civil court. In a criminal case, you face the possibility of prison, as well as financial penalties. In a civil case, you face financial penalties and potential loss of your professional license.
In a civil RICO case, the "victim" may sue for treble damages, plus attorney fees. Depending upon the nature of the crime, the loss of a civil case could cost you millions of dollars. If a jury returns a verdict against you in a civil RICO case, the state licensing agency may seek to revoke your professional license.
Even if you are found "not guilty" in criminal court, an alleged victim can bring a civil RICO case seeking financial compensation or restitution for monetary losses, damage to reputation, or loss of business as a result of your actions.
The challenge is significant because the burden of proof in a civil case is much less than in a criminal case. In a criminal case, the jury must find you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In a civil case, a jury can arrive at a conviction based on "a preponderance of the evidence." In other words, the jury only has to believe that it is more likely than not that you committed the crime in order to find against you.
"Pill-mill" is a term used to describe a doctor's office where patients obtain inordinate quantities or types of prescription drugs. For many years, prescription drug charges were very rare in our criminal courts because they are complicated, difficult cases for the government to bring. In recent years, however, these charges have become well-documented, and the penalties are becoming increasingly severe.
It is critical to obtain legal counsel as soon as possible. Even if you have not been arrested or charged, contact us. The sooner you obtain our legal counsel, the more we can do to help you with pre-trial representation. We strive to end the investigation before it results in arrest or formal charge, thereby leaving the client's record free from the stain of a criminal arrest and the embarrassment of such a public accusation.
We have our phones answered 24 hours a day, so that we can respond quickly to legal emergencies. Call our Florida office at (407) 901-5852 or contact us online to speak with a lawyer about your prescription drug charges.
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