A doctor in Florida has been charged with allegedly distributing oxycodone, diazepam, and methadone to thousands of patients in Florida who visited one of her Dollar Medic Clinics. The doctor allegedly handed out the prescriptions for these controlled substances over Skype and even without meeting the patient. When she did meet with patients, she met with numerous patients a day suggesting that she was not necessarily providing the necessary care. She has been charged with money laundering, racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, and conspiracy to traffic controlled substances. At this point in her trial she is representing herself. If convicted, she will face at least 25 years in jail.
Racketeering in Florida
In Florida, racketeering is an unlawful business activity that is prohibited. In this case the woman allegedly participated in racketeering when she handed out controlled substances to almost all of her patients. A person charged with racketeering could be subjected to a first-degree felony. If it is determined that the person derived value from the racketeering, then the person may be sentenced to pay three times the amount of gross value that was gained. If a person is convicted, then the person could be forced to pay the court costs, investigation costs, and prosecution costs. It is suggested that this doctor made over a million dollars a year.
Should You Represent Yourself or Hire an Attorney?
Ultimately, whether you hire a criminal attorney is a decision that you must make on your own. However, this case is a perfect example of what can happen when a person does not work with a trained legal professional. The doctor who allegedly committed numerous offenses decided to prepare her own defense. The prosecution continuously had to object to the opening statements made by the doctor because she continuously tried to speak about the effects that the case has had on her family. She insisted that her “life depended on it.”
A criminal defense professional is able to prepare an opening statement that would not continuously be dismissed by the prosecution. In addition, a lawyer is able to explain the relevant facts of the case without hurting a person’s case. Although a person may think that an attorney is expensive, under the sixth amendment to the US Constitution, a person is entitled to legal representation. This is why if a person cannot afford an attorney, then the person will be appointed a public defender.
You Cannot Do it Alone
In this case, the doctor decided to represent herself, but you do not need to face criminal charges alone. The attorneys at Moses and Rooth will work with you to prepare a strong defense. We are a criminal law firm in Florida that can to help you prepare for your trial. Contact 407-377-0150 to schedule your free consultations at a time that works for you whether it be during the week, in the evening, or on the weekend.