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February 2015 Archives

Know your rights, and work with an attorney to protect them

Police investigation of suspected criminal activity has become a very public issue, particularly given recent incidents involving the unnecessary use of deadly force. Although events of this magnitude don’t happen every day, there are many smaller incidents demonstrating that police officers do not always exercise their authority lawfully.

Holder: drug sentencing reforms having a positive impact

Readers have all heard the phrases, "tough on crime," and "war on drugs." Fewer have heard the phrase. "smart on crime," which is the phrase currently used at the Department of Justice in reference to changes in the way prosecutors are handling drug crimes. A primary purpose of the initiative is to address the problem of overcrowding in federal prisons. One of the ways this has been done is to pursue more lenience in sentencing when it comes to drug cases involving nonviolent offenders. Another way has been to allow certain drug offenders to reduce their sentences under certain circumstances.

Medicare Advantage plans raise concern of easier fraud

Readers may or may not be familiar with Medicare Advantage plans, which are health insurance plans offered by private companies contracting with Medicare for coverage of Medicare benefits. These plans cover a wide variety of services, including hospital care, nursing home care, hospice care, home health care, ambulance services, clinical research, durable medical equipment and mental health services. Such plans have become popular as they offer more benefits than ordinary Medicare plans and cost less for seniors.

Federal sentencing guidelines and downward departures, P.4

This is our latest installment in a series of posts dealing with the issue of downward departures according to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manual. In this final post in the series, we'd like to comment briefly on how a criminal defense attorney can advocate for a defendant with respect to downward departures.

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