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- Insurance fraud can be prosecuted in one of several court levels.
- Prosecution for insurance fraud in the state court is a felony at every level.
- Penalties can vary from 4 to 15 years in prison, so it is essential to work with an attorney who has specific expertise in defending insurance fraud cases.
How to deal with police
You may already have experienced the benefits of being courteous in your interactions with police – or you might have experienced the opposite. Police have a great deal of discretionary power when writing tickets or placing individuals under arrest. If an officer pulls a person over for speeding, or stops a person with an open container of alcohol, depending on the context, that person's comportment could mean the difference between a ticket and a warning. If police stop you for something more serious – like driving while intoxicated, shoplifting, or assault – you likely won't get away with a warning. However, it's still imperative that you act respectfully. The way you act in your encounter with police can determine the outcome of your case – for better or worse – when you go to trial.
When Getting Arrested:
- Use a calm, respectful tone. Do not yell, threaten, or be sarcastic.
- Respond to questions promptly and comply with the officer's directions.
- Do not “resist” arrest: do not run, struggle, or try to prevent officers from putting you in handcuffs or placing you in a vehicle.
Remember that the arresting officer will testify at your trial. The officer will mention your comportment – good or bad. Testimony to your disrespectful behavior will make a judge less likely to reduce or drop charges, and could make that judge harsher in sentencing; testimony to your good behavior could contribute to lighter sentencing or reduced charges.
All that said, remember that you do not have to answer any questions. Instead of acting disrespectfully, some people are too forthcoming when under arrest, and end up saying things that incriminate themselves. It will be wise for you to inform an officer respectfully that you do not wish to answer questions, invoking your right to communicate with your lawyer.
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