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Criminal Matters

Criminal Law Defense Savannah

 

Conspiracy

Conspiracy may be defined generally as when two or more people agree to commit a crime, or to accomplish an illegal end through illegal means.

Donnie Dixon has experience defending clients accused of conspiracy. 


Appeals

Appellate litigation occurs after the conclusion of litigation at the trial level.  Normally, the appeal is brought to an intermediate court.  Generally, in Georgia the Court of Appeals of Georgia hears appeals from state court trials, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit hears appeals from federal district court trials.  These intermediate courts serve as courts of review to determine whether the lower court applied the law correctly, and it will not hear new evidence.

After the intermediate court issues its decision, the matter often concludes.  However, in some instances the case will be appealed once again to the highest court in the jurisdiction.  In Georgia, this court is the Supreme Court of Georgia, and the Supreme Court of the United States hears cases appealed from federal circuit courts.

Donnie Dixon is qualified to argue before the Court of Appeals of Georgia; the Supreme Court of Georgia; the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Georgia; the Eleventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals; and the Supreme Court of the United States.

FDA and Online Pharmacy Prosecutions

The Internet has increased the availability and ease of purchasing pharmaceuticals; however, certain legal and regulatory pitfalls can ensnare even the most honest purchaser of prescription drugs. In order for the purchase of a controlled substance to be legal, generally a purchaser must first have a prescription that came out of a doctor-patient relationship with a doctor, which generally requires an in-person, physical examination. As of now, prescriptions created by so-called “cyber doctors” – in which a patient fills out an online questionnaire and receives his medication based on that prescription – are illegal.

Donnie Dixon has experience defending clients accused of both FDA and Online Pharmacy violations.

Financial Crimes

“Financial crime” is a broad term that covers many types of activities.  Generally, it occurs when someone unlawfully converts another’s property for his own financial gain. For a more detailed look at what financial crime means, please refer to this website: http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Money/Financial-Crime.shtml.

Donnie Dixon has experience defending clients accused of financial crimes.

Fraud

The definition of fraud is similar to that of the definition of financial crime. Generally, when a person uses criminal means to achieve person or financial gain, fraud occurs. This is distinguishable from financial crimes, which always aim for a financial end. In fraud, a person committing a fraudulent act does not necessarily want money as his objective. Examples of fraud include bank fraud; healthcare fraud; Internet crimes and computer technology fraud; mail fraud; securities fraud; tax fraud; and wire fraud.

Donnie Dixon has experience defending clients accused of fraud.

Investigations

When the federal or state government wants to conduct an investigation, both have impressive powers and capabilities at their disposal. Investigations can be administrative, criminal, or legislative. In administrative investigations, a government agency compiles all relevant evidence after it perceives a civil liability exists. Criminal investigations are similar to administrative investigations, except that the liability sought is criminal, not civil. Finally, legislative investigations occur when the federal or state legislative branch wants a person or persons to produce information on a particular subject for the benefit of the legislative branch.

Donnie Dixon has experience assisting clients under administrative, criminal, or legislative investigations.

Sentencing

If a defendant is convicted of a crime, the next step is generally a sentencing, which can include financial penalties, imprisonment, or both. Various factors can determine the degree of financial punishment, and the length of a sentence. Sometimes, avoiding criminal liability is impossible; if you are found guilty of a criminal offense, it is important to have an attorney who can mitigate your penalties to the extent possible.

Donnie Dixon has experience assisting clients in the sentencing process.

Whistleblower Actions

The federal government defines a whistleblower as someone who discloses information he reasonably believes is evidence of various illegal or bad faith acts, including violations of law, gross mismanagement, or abuse of authority, among other acts. While whistleblower actions are most often associated with the False Claims Act, they can occur in any organization, private or public.

In exchange for their disclosure, whistleblowers generally receive a portion of the damages imposed on the offending party. This can make whistleblowing not only a morally satisfying endeavor, but a financially rewarding endeavor as well. Nevertheless, being a whistleblower is fraught with legal and illegal hazards, possibly including reprisal, termination, or threats of violence.

Donnie Dixon has experience representing clients who are whistleblowers, or defendants in whistleblower actions.