2022 is in the rear-view mirror, and 2023 lies ahead, and while I was so busy I did not blog for a while one goal for the New Year is to write more posts on one of my favorite topics: federal criminal investigations and prosecutions along with the job of being a federal criminal defense attorney (which I do all over the country even though my office is here in downtown Atlanta, Georgia).
You tainted regular readers know that I regularly discuss how federal criminal cases are creatures of politics and current events. This year is no different. Lawyers like myself still have lots of work based on investigations arising from the Government’s response to the COVID outbreaks. These are usually what are sometimes called “white collar” or “economic crime” matters. The Payroll Protection Plan (“PPP) involved lots of fraud, what a shock when Congress allowed banks to shovel money out the doors with virtually no oversight and federal government backing if the loans went bad. The same is true for the EIDL program (formally known as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program). Federal criminal investigations into these loan programs can be very dangerous for individuals or companies who come under the microscope of a federal agent looking at possible fraud. I strongly recommend that you consult with an expert who has significant experience defending such cases.
Health care fraud investigations and prosecutions remain a staple of my work. Any company or individual caught up in one of these situations needs to consult with and possibly hire a lawyer who has lots of experience in these very specialized matters.
Public corruption cases also capture headlines, and last year was no different. I am currently handling one such matter, and likely will continue our fight through the rest of this year and possibly the next. Such cases require a defense attorney willing to go the distance, so to speak, in order to get the best result possible for the client.
Finally, federal drug cases remain a constant. Defending controlled substance cases is rapidly evolving, with many States and local jurisdictions de-criminalizing or even legalizing drugs that the Feds still call “illegal.” Anyone caught up in such matters needs the services of a specialist, and should not put their future in the hands of an inexperienced attorney.
Back to work and I promise to post more this coming year!