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First Medical Group Pain Clinic Raided by Police in Tampa, Florida

Investigators from the Tampa Police Department executed a search warrant on First Medical Group in Tampa, Florida. First Medical is a pain clinic that allegedly dispensed prescription medication without a license and engaged in money laundering. Police investigators are currently in the process of reviewing medical records, taking witness statements, and analyzing any evidence of wrong-doing that they may have seized during their raid.

While no arrests have been made, police do claim that some are in the works. Given the severity of the offenses, bond may be set very high simply as a consequence of the number of charges filed.

If this is the case, those arrested would benefit greatly by hiring an attorney to file a motion for bond reduction. While there is no guarantee as to outcomes, most motions to reduce bond are successful.

When a judge sets bond, he or she will consider a number of important factors. These include the nature of the charges, the possibility that the defendant may flee if released, and the possibility that the defendant poses a danger to the community.

Since a search warrant has already been executed, I can tell you that the next step in this case will include arrests. Therefore, those involved would be best served by immediately hiring defense lawyers to help guide them through the process and act as their representative.

If police haven’t done so already, they will also be seeking statements, aka “confessions,” from the pain clinic’s employees, owners, and any other persons involved that they may be trying to build a case against. This will certainly include any companies and individuals who may have unlawfully or negligently supplied First Medical with prescription medication.

If I could give one piece of advice to those involved, it would be to remain silent at all times. The U.S. Constitution has endowed each and every one of us with the right to remain silent. While we are not allowed to obstruct police or lie to them, we have no duty at all to act as witnesses against ourselves.

In a seemingly unfair twist in the law, cops are allowed to lie to suspects and even trick them into giving confessions. While a person may not be coerced or physically threatened, cops are allowed to pretty much say whatever they want to get you to speak.

Don’t be their fool! Ask for an attorney and tell them you do NOT want to speak with them.

Contrary to common belief, there is nothing that any person accused of a crime could ever say to police that would result in them being “un-arrested.” Talking about your case only makes things worse. If there is something so important and meaningful for you to say, your attorney can make the statement for you. Remember, statements made by your lawyer can NOT be used against you in court – only your statements can.

In a seemingly unfair twist in the law, cops are allowed to lie to suspects and even trick them into giving confessions. While a person may not be coerced or physically threatened, cops are allowed to pretty much say whatever they want to get you to speak.

Don’t be their fool! Ask for an attorney and tell them you do NOT want to speak with them.

Contrary to common belief, there is nothing that any person accused of a crime could ever say to police that would result in them being “un-arrested.” Talking about your case only makes things worse. If there is something so important and meaningful for you to say, your attorney can make the statement for you. Remember, statements made by your lawyer can NOT be used against you in court – only your statements can.

Prosecutions against those engaged in the pain clinic business are becoming more and more common and even more and more aggressive every day. Possible criminal charges may include trafficking, possession with intent to sell, fraudulent prescription writing, conspiracy, illegal practice of medicine, and illegal dispension of prescription medication. Many in law enforcement view the surge in pain clinics as a criminal epidemic and are seeking very hefty prison sentences to curb the flow of illegal prescription pills on the street.

If First Medical was operating without a license, their exposure to criminal liability will be even more serious. I would expect that if this is true, police likely obtained their search warrant on this fact alone.

If prosecutors are able to prove allegations of money laundering this case may also grab the attention of Federal law enforcement.

First Medical’s success as a pain clinic is undoubtedly the reason why it has landed on law enforcement’s radar. According to news reports, the police investigation was initiated after neighboring businesses filed complaints. In fact, the clinic is so successful that patients line up in the hundreds, overflowing to outside of the business. This includes out of state patients who have traveled from as far away as Kentucky.

The biggest problem for First Medical is that they are going to be an outlet for frustrated law enforcement. While pain pill abuse really has become a serious problem in Florida, pain clinics have largely remained untouched. This is due to Florida’s very lenient laws that make pain clinics perfectly legal and very easy to operate.

At the end of the day, this case will certainly send ripples through the pain clinic industry in Florida and will act as a wake-up call for those who are operating without a license or in violation of any zoning laws.

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