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Helping you initiate a defense against prescription drug charges

When individuals in Texas and elsewhere think of drug crimes, they likely think of street drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines. Nonetheless, an individual could face drug charges for simply having a drug in his or her possession that they shouldn't. Prescription drugs, although legally possessed by those prescribed them, could result in drug charges if a person is in possession of prescription medications without a prescription.

Being accused of a prescription drug crime is a serious situation and should be treated like any other criminal allegation. The accused has the right to assert a defense. However, it is imperative that they fully understand the accusations that they face and the potential penalties that could result. The attorneys at Barbieri Law Firm, P.C., understand how to navigate these matters and are prepared to guide our clients through the defense process.

Legal protections for white collar criminal charges

It is a mistake to think that white collar criminal charges are not serious criminal charges. White collar criminal charges can result in serious penalties and consequences for accused individuals which is why they must be met with a strong criminal defense.

Many white collar crimes are based on fraud and allegations of fraud. White collar criminal charges can include theft charges; money laundering charges; embezzlement charges; identity theft charges; forgery charges; internet crimes; and various different types of fraud charges. White collar criminal charges can be complex and involve business, finances and cyber activity which is why the charges the accused individual is facing should be thoroughly understood.

Legal options when faced with prescription drug charges

Prescription drug charges are serious criminal charges and it is important for accused individuals to recognize that prescription drug charges can be as serious as any other type of drug charges. Just like other drug charges, there are different types of prescription drug charges accused individuals can face.

Prescription drug crimes accused individuals can find themselves facing may include possession, distribution and use crimes. If the accused individual does not have a valid prescription for a particular drug and possesses, distributes or uses a prescription drug they allegedly possess illegally, it may result in prescription drug charges which can lead to serious penalties and consequences for accused individuals. Penalties accused individuals may face can include jail time and fines, as well as others.

Do authorities suspect that you committed credit card fraud?

Using credit cards and debit cards is most people's preferred method of making payments. They may enter their information online or over the phone, give their cards to servers at restaurants when it is time to pay, or swipe them at the checkout of their favorite retail locations. In fact, using plastic to pay is more common than paying with cash.

Of course, because credit and debit cards are such a popular way to pay, the chance exists for credit card fraud to occur. Unfortunately for you, rather than being a victim, authorities believe that you have committed this type of crime yourself.

What are search and seizure protections for accused individuals?

Anyone who has been accused of committing a crime should keep in mind that they have important criminal defense protections that authorities must follow when arresting an accused individual for an alleged crime. The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects accused individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures so it is helpful to know what that includes.

Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures include the person of the accused individual, as well as their home, business or property. If police have violated the accused individual's search and seizure rights and protections, it may call into question the evidence they obtained and the charges against the accused individual. Because of the overwhelming importance of criminal defense protections, such as those against unreasonable searches and seizures, it is essential for accused individuals to know when they apply.

What are examples of everyday white collar crimes?

Just because white collar crime may occur every day does not mean that it is not serious and cannot result in serious penalties and consequences for accused individuals.

For anyone facing white collar criminal charges, accusations and allegations, it is important to be familiar with some common types of white collar crimes that can lead to potential trouble.

Heather Barbieri discusses Guyger case developments on WBAP Radio

On October 1, former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was convicted of the "mistaken apartment murder" that took the life of neighbor Botham Jean. This verdict came as something of a surprise to some who followed the trial, including our own Heather Barbieri of Barbieri Law Firm.

In a discussion on WBAP Radio's "Chris Salcedo Show," Barbieri and host Chris Salcedo stated that the prosecution "missed the mark" with not only their own witnesses but also in the cross-examination of the defense's first witness, Guyger. Failing to counter the defense's gains at every turn, Salcedo described the prosecutor himself as "cocky" and "dismissive" in his questioning of Guyger. Barbieri felt that the "snide comments" made by the prosecution actually made Guyger more sympathetic as a witness.

Insurance fraud basics

Insurance fraud can be a serious allegation for any accused individual that they should regard with concern and ensure they know who to respond to. Insurance fraud may be alleged in circumstances when an insured individual is accused of making a false or exaggerated insurance claim.

Insurance fraud involves seeking compensation for injuries, losses or other harm that was not actually suffered by the insured making the insurance claim. Deceptive acts that are intended to obtain an improper payment from an insurer that is not due to the insured is considered insurance fraud. Fraud crimes generally involve the use of deception to obtain a personal benefit. Everyday individuals, professionals and others can find themselves facing insurance fraud charges.

Heather Barbieri featured on CourtTV panel regarding Guyger trial

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On September 23, 2019, national attention fixed on Texas for the trial of Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer accused of the murder of civilian Botham Jean in what's being called the "mistaken apartment murder."

That evening, our own Heather Barbieri appeared on CourtTV to discuss how proceedings went on the first day of the trial for the station's "Who Had a Better Day" segment.

Barbieri Law Firm's Heather Barbieri, a Board-Certified Criminal Defense Specialist, felt the prosecution came out on top with a strong and emotional presentation of the victim, Botham Jean, eating a bowl of ice cream in his own apartment. She mentioned the accurate depiction of the shock he must have felt upon Guyger's unexpected entrance. The prosecution's detailed description of the apartment made it easy for the jury to picture themselves in the scenario and feel empathy for the victim, said Barbieri.

What to do when facing prescription drug charges

Prescription drug charges are serious criminal charges just like those for illegal drugs which are commonly thought of when drug charges are mentioned. Prescription drug charges can be equally serious and it is important to keep in mind that illegally possessing, selling and trafficking prescription drugs can result in serious criminal charges and penalties for accused individuals.

Prescription drug charges can apply to accusations of illegally possessing, selling or trafficking prescription drugs including Fentanyl, OxyContin, Morphine, Codeine, Demerol, Adderall and Vicodin. Prescription drug charges may apply to the illegal possession, sale or trafficking of other drugs as well. Prescription drug charges and other types of drug charges have the potential to significantly change and disrupt the accused individual's personal and professional lives which is why criminal defense options are so important.

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