Defending Against Health Care Fraud Charges at Trial

Defending Against Health Care Fraud Charges at Trial

Your legal defense should begin as soon as you become aware of an investigation against you, or an indictment is handed down, for your involvement in an alleged health care fraud scheme. The best defense begins early. Diligent and aggressive preparation for trial helps to ensure the best possible outcome in your case.

While the majority of criminal cases are resolved before trial via dismissal or plea agreement, every case must be treated as a case that will go to trial from the start.

Defending Against Health Care Fraud Charges at Trial

We encourage you to hire a white collar criminal defense attorney with ample trial experience to help you defend against health care fraud charges.

There is no road map for mounting a strong defense against criminal charges. The best legal defense strategy is tailored to the specific facts of the case. A powerful defense to health care fraud charges will include a thorough, in-depth investigation into the case, and the right expert testimony coupled with skilled advocacy in the courtroom.

Expert Witness Testimony

Health care fraud can involve specialized medical knowledge, like questions concerning medical necessity. In such cases a medical expert, typically a doctor specializing and highly trained in the medical field in question, can be a pivotal witness. Or, health care fraud can involve complex schemes involving numerous financial transactions, bank accounts, and co-conspirators. In such cases a forensic accounting expert can serve as a pivotal witness at trial.

Properly preparing an expert witness for trial includes vetting their qualifications to ensure they can withstand the prosecution’s attack on their credibility and preparing for cross-examination.

Jury Selection

Jury selection or voir dire is critically important to any trial. Attorneys on both sides will ask questions of potential jurors to determine juror attitudes and potential biases. Gauging a prospective juror’s sentiments toward the defendant is key. It is ideal to select jurors who lack negative sentiments toward corporations or individuals accused of fraud.

Jury Instructions

After closing arguments are delivered, jury instructions are then given to the jurors by the presiding Judge. Jury instructions provide the jurors with the legal standards they must apply in deciding whether or not the defendant should be found not guilty or guilty of committing the crimes charged.

Your white collar criminal defense attorney may submit proposed jury instructions for the court to consider. Proper formulation of jury instructions can help shift the odds in your favor and preserve issues on appeal.

Hiring A Health Care Fraud Defense Attorney

Our firm has successfully represented numerous health care clients, including hospitals, physicals, pharmacies, and other health care providers. Ashley D. Adams, President and CEO of Ashley D. Adams, PLC, specializes in white collar criminal defense cases, representing corporate and individual clients in federal and state criminal trials, investigations, health care fraud cases, and regulatory and administrative matters.

Attorney Adams is a former United States Assistant Attorney. She served as a member of the DOJ’s Health Care Fraud Task Force investigating alleged frauds perpetrated by and against health care providers and hospitals. She was selected by National Trial Lawyers as one of the “Top 100” attorneys in criminal defense, and as one of Arizona’s Best Lawyers and Southwest’s Super Lawyers annually since 2010.

The best defense begins as soon as you are notified of an investigation or charges filed against you. A swift and ongoing defense helps to ensure the best possible outcome in your case.

Contact us here or call now (480) 219-1366 for a case evaluation and consultation to learn about your rights.


The attorneys at Ashley D. Adams, PLC handle state criminal cases throughout Arizona and federal criminal cases throughout the United States, including Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, and California.