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Doctor Indicted On Federal Charges

By Robert S. Toale |

In some criminal matters, a prosecutor may choose to present his or her allegations to a grand jury in order to determine the potential success of his or her case at trial. When this occurs, the prosecutor is seeking an indictment, which is a finding by the grand jury that the accused may be… Read More »

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Federal Computer Crimes Can Yield Significant Penalties

By Robert S. Toale |

Crimes involving computers can be based on many different alleged behaviors. They may arise from a New Orleans resident’s engagement in an allegedly criminal financial scheme, they may be related to an individual’s alleged possession of digital child pornography or they may be based on a person’s alleged defrauding of a government benefits program… Read More »

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Kidnapping allegations can result in federal criminal charges

By Robert S. Toale |

Kidnapping can involve the concealment, abduction, or confinement of another individual. In Louisiana, a person can face state charges based on their alleged kidnapping of another individual; however, the presence of certain facts and conditions can remove what may have otherwise been a state kidnapping case to the federal criminal court system. Pursuant to… Read More »

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Individuals charged with federal crimes may need representation

By Robert S. Toale |

Did you know that a parent can be charged with kidnapping his or her own child? Did you know that altering documents can possibly lead to forgery charges? Did you know that taking someone else’s property could form the basis of a larceny charge? Did you know that these and many other charges can… Read More »

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Who can be accused of Medicaid fraud?

By Robert S. Toale |

Medicaid is a government program that is administered by both federal and state agencies. While Louisiana provides guidelines on how a person may qualify and apply for Medicaid benefits, the federal government helps fund the program to ensure that individuals with low or limited financial means are able to access health care services. As… Read More »

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Alleged computer crimes can result in federal charges

By Robert S. Toale |

New Orleans residents can access the internet from many different forms of electronic technology. From phones and tablets that fit in one’s pocket to laptop and desktop computers in private residences and businesses, many workplaces, public spaces and homes are wired for internet connectivity. Those who choose to have an online presence are subject… Read More »

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Jurisdictional rules can make a charge a federal crime

By Robert S. Toale |

New Orleans residents who watch legal dramas or who read crime novels may be familiar with the concept of jurisdiction. Jurisdiction gives certain courts or law enforcement agencies the right to pursue particular kinds of criminal and legal cases. For example, there are some crimes that are only heard under the jurisdiction of the… Read More »

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What is benefits fraud?

By Robert S. Toale |

The federal government provides to individuals who qualify for social services programs different forms of financial support. Louisiana residents, as well as Americans who live throughout the rest of the country, can apply for government-supported health care if they are above a certain age or fall below a certain threshold of income through Medicare… Read More »

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What makes one charge a federal crime and another a state crime?

By Robert S. Toale |

Readers of this Louisiana criminal law blog may have reviewed prior posts that have discussed how an individual may be charged with both state and federal crimes. This is because both the state and the federal government have codified their own sets of criminal laws. While some of the laws overlap in terms of… Read More »

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Computer crimes can become federal criminal offenses

By Robert S. Toale |

Computers are ubiquitous throughout Louisiana. Many residents have personal computers in their homes and those who do not can gain online access through computers in schools, libraries and other venues. Now many smart phones come enabled with internet browsers and web capabilities, making internet access possible from practically anywhere. As with any forum in… Read More »

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