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Public Assistance Fraud - Fort Lauderdale, FL Criminal Defense Lawyers

Fort Lauderdale, FL Criminal Defense Lawyers

Public Assistance Fraud

Defending Against Public Assistance Fraud in Broward County

At Gonzalez & Waddington, Attorneys at Law, we specialize in defending individuals accused of public assistance fraud in Broward County, Florida. Our team of seasoned attorneys understands the complexities of Florida’s welfare laws and is dedicated to offering skilled legal representation to those charged with fraudulent activities related to public assistance programs.

Understanding Public Assistance Fraud in Florida

Public assistance fraud occurs when individuals provide false information or withhold relevant details to obtain benefits they are not entitled to. These benefits can include food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance, and other government-funded programs. In Florida, the consequences of such fraud are severe and may include restitution, hefty fines, and imprisonment.

The Legal Experience You Need

At Gonzalez & Waddington, our criminal defense team has the legal experience to navigate these severe charges. We commit ourselves to understanding the specifics of your case, ensuring that we provide a personalized and effective defense strategy.

Analyzing Your Case with Precision

Each case of public assistance fraud has unique elements. Our Florida criminal defense attorneys meticulously analyze the evidence presented, exploring every possible defense to protect your rights and future.

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Aggressive Defense Strategies
We are known for our aggressive defense tactics, including challenging the prosecution’s allegations, negotiating plea bargains when appropriate, and taking cases to trial if necessary to achieve the best outcome for our clients.

Proven Negotiation and Litigation Skills

Our Florida criminal defense attorneys possess formidable negotiation and litigation skills, which are crucial in the realm of criminal defense. We are prepared to fight zealously for you, whether at the negotiation table or in the courtroom.

The Legal Process and Your Rights

Understanding the legal process is crucial when faced with public assistance fraud charges. Here’s what you can expect:

Investigation and Charges

It begins with an investigation, possibly followed by formal charges. Knowing your rights during this stage can make a significant difference.

Pre-Trial Motions

We can file pre-trial motions to suppress evidence or to dismiss charges based on various legal grounds.


Should your case go to trial, our defense team will represent you vigorously, employing strategic cross-examination and presenting compelling evidence on your behalf.

Consequences of Public Assistance Fraud Convictions

The penalties for a conviction can be severe, affecting not just your immediate situation, but also your long-term prospects.

Criminal Penalties These may include jail or prison time, probation, and fines, depending on the case’s specifics.

Restitution You may be ordered to pay back the amount of assistance unlawfully received.

Impact on Your Future A conviction can hinder your employment opportunities, your ability to obtain future public assistance, and more.

Effective Defenses Against Public Assistance Fraud
Our defense strategies against public assistance fraud charges may include:

Lack of Intent Demonstrating that there was no intent to commit fraud can be a powerful defense.

Mistake of Fact We can argue that any incorrect information was provided due to a mistake or misunderstanding, not a willful act of deception.

Insufficient Evidence If the evidence against you is weak or inconclusive, we will argue for the reduction or dismissal of charges.

FAQs: Navigating Public Assistance Fraud Charges

We provide clear answers to common questions regarding public assistance fraud charges, such as:

What constitutes public assistance fraud in Florida?

What should I do if I’m accused of public assistance fraud?

How can Gonzalez & Waddington help with my fraud charges?

Consult with Gonzalez & Waddington for a Robust Defense

If you’re dealing with accusations of public assistance fraud in Broward County, don’t hesitate to reach out to Gonzalez & Waddington, Attorneys at Law. Our knowledgeable fraud defense attorneys are equipped to provide the aggressive and sophisticated representation you need during this challenging time. Contact us to schedule a confidential consultation and begin crafting a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific case.

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