There are rules and regulations on both the state and federal level that apply to different professions and occupations. For example, in some cases, it could be unlawful to practice a certain profession such as law or medicine without having the proper credentials. These rules on professions and occupations are intended to provide protection to the public.
While there are myriad rules that those within different professions need to know so they do not run afoul of the law, it is especially important to know the types of conduct that could result in federal criminal charges.
Being charged with a federal crime is very serious and your entire future could be derailed if you are convicted and are sentenced to serve time in federal prison. You need to understand what your rights and obligations are to avoid this devastating outcome and you also need to ensure you respond appropriately and assertively if you have been charged with a federal crime.
LV Criminal Defense is here to help. We have an in-depth knowledge of the federal penal code which is found in Title 18 and we can work closely with you to understand the elements of any crime you have been accused of so you can decide how to respond to charges. It is the prosecutor’s legal burden to prove every single element of a federal offense and so you can get acquitted if you are able to introduce reasonable doubt about any part of the crime.
Not every defense lawyer understands how to handle federal criminal charges or is even authorized to represent you in federal court. Finding the right federal criminal defense attorney is key to responding assertively and aggressively if you are under investigation or if you have been charged.
Reach out to LV Criminal Defense today to learn more about your options so our experienced legal team can provide the help you need to protect your freedom.
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The federal laws that establish types of crimes related to professions and occupations are found in 18 U.S. Code Chapter 89. There is actually just one statute within the relevant chapter of the penal code. That statute, 18 U.S. Code section 1821, addresses the transportation of dentures.
18 U.S. Code section 1821 stipulates that it is unlawful to transport, by mail or otherwise, within the District of Columbia or within any possession of the United States, any set of artificial teeth or certain other types of dental products. It is also unlawful to use the mail, or to use any instrument of interstate commerce to transport artificial teeth or other specific dental products.
The statute identifies some of the different types of dental products that you are prohibited from transporting. These dental products include prosthetic dental appliances or other dentures that are made from any cast or impression by any person.
However, it is permissible to transport these items if authorized to do so by a person who is licensed to practice dentistry under the laws of the location where the denture or other dental object is sent or where the dental or other object is brought. It is also permissible if the items are transported due to a prescription by a person who is licensed to practice dentistry in the location where the dental object is sent. Therefore, a defendant can be charged with a crime under 18 U.S. Code section 1821 only for transporting or using the mail to send dentures or other specified dental items without the proper authorization to do so.
It is also unlawful under this statute to take impressions or casts of any person’s mouth or of any person’s teeth unless authorized by law to practice dentistry in the place where the impressions or casts are made. The construction or supply of dentures by anyone other than a person licensed to practice dentistry is illegal as well unless it occurs under the instructions of the licensed dentist. Finally, using casts or impressions that were made by someone other than a licensed dentist to construct dentures is also a crime under 18 U.S. Code section 1821.
Any defendant who is convicted of violating this federal statute can be subject to a fine and can also face a maximum penalty of one year of imprisonment. A prosecutor would need to prove that dentures were made; that casts or impressions were made; or that dentures were sent or mailed unlawfully in order for a defendant to face these penalties. The prosecutor would need to show these things occurred beyond a reasonable doubt.
If you have been accused of taking unlawful actions with respect to dentures, casts, impressions, or other dental devices, you need to be aware that you could be looking at prison time in a federal prison. Many people do not realize what a serious crime this is, or are unaware of the damage that having a permanent federal criminal record can do.
Because the penalties and consequences are severe, it is important that you are represented by a federal criminal defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the laws applicable to professions and occupations. LV Criminal Defense is here to help. We know the rules set forth in 18 U.S. Code Chapter 89 very well and we can put our extensive knowledge of the law to work to help you develop the right legal defense strategy to reduce the chances that you will be convicted of a crime and to reduce the potential penalties that could result from conviction.
Our firm can fight for acquittal in court on your behalf or can negotiate a plea agreement aimed at helping you to avoid serious consequences. To find out more about how our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team can fight for your future when you’ve been accused of a federal crime connected to professions and occupations, give us a call today.