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Indiana Snap Violation Lawyers

Indiana SNAP Violation Lawyers: Protecting Your Rights, One Case at a Time

So, you’ve found yourself in a bit of a pickle – with the USDA alleging you‘ve committed a SNAP violation. Whether you‘re a retailer accused of trafficking benefits or a recipient charged with fraud, the situation is serious. But, take a deep breath, you’re not alone in this.At Spodek Law Group, we understand the weight of these allegations – and we’re here to be your legal lifeline. Our team of seasoned SNAP violation attorneys has a track record of success in defending clients nationwide against charges from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).We get it, you might be feeling overwhelmed, maybe even a little embarrassed. That‘s okay – we’ve seen it all before. What matters now is taking swift action to protect your rights and your future. So, let‘s dive right in, shall we?

The Gravity of SNAP Violations: Why You Need a Lawyer

Look, we won’t sugarcoat it – SNAP violations are a big deal. The government doesn’t take kindly to any perceived abuse of this crucial assistance program. And the penalties? They can be severe.For retailers, we’re talking potential:

  • Permanent disqualification from SNAP
  • Temporary disqualification (6 months to 5 years for the first violation)
  • Massive civil fines (up to $100,000 per violation)
  • Possible criminal charges (hello, jail time)

As for recipients, you could be facing:

  • Disqualification from SNAP (12 months for the first violation, 24 months for the second, permanent for the third)
  • Repayment of any benefits obtained fraudulently
  • Fines
  • Criminal prosecution in extreme cases

See what we mean? These aren‘t just slaps on the wrist. A SNAP violation conviction can cripple your business or leave your family without vital food assistance. That’s why having a skilled SNAP violation attorney in your corner is non-negotiable.At Spodek Law Group, we don’t take these cases lightly. Every single client deserves honesty and white glove service. We’ll fight tooth and nail to protect your rights and ensure you get a fair shake.

Common SNAP Violations: What You Need to Know

Okay, let‘s get into the nitty-gritty of what constitutes a SNAP violation. For retailers, some of the most common offenses include:

Trafficking Benefits
This is a biggie. Trafficking refers to the illegal exchange of SNAP benefits for cash or other ineligible items (like booze or smokes). It’s essentially defrauding the program – and it’s a surefire way to get yourself permanently disqualified.

Buying Ineligible Items
SNAP benefits are meant for one thing and one thing only: purchasing eligible food items. If you’re caught allowing recipients to use their benefits for non-food purchases, you’re in violation.

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False Statements on Applications
Lied on your SNAP retailer application? Yeah, that’s a no-no. The FNS takes a dim view of any misrepresentations about your business, ownership structure, or inventory.For recipients, common violations often involve:

Lying on Applications
Fudging the numbers on your household income, assets, or family composition is considered fraud – plain and simple. The FNS has ways of sniffing out these kinds of deceptions.

Trafficking Benefits
Just like retailers, recipients can‘t exchange their SNAP benefits for cash or non-food items. It‘s illegal, and it’ll get you booted from the program (potentially for life).

Using Someone Else’s Benefits
Borrowing a friend’s EBT card? Not cool. That‘s considered theft, and it’s an intentional program violation that carries stiff penalties.The bottom line? Whether you’re a retailer or a recipient, messing with SNAP rules is a risky game. One misstep, and you could find yourself in a world of legal trouble.

The SNAP Violation Process: What to Expect

Okay, so you’ve been accused of a SNAP violation. Now what? Well, buckle up, because the process can be a doozy. But don’t worry, we‘ll break it down for you.First up: the charge letter. This ominous-sounding document outlines the specific allegations against you and gives you a chance to respond within 10 days. Don‘t sleep on this – your response is crucial.From there, the FNS will review the evidence (including your side of the story) and make a determination. If they find you committed a violation, the penalties will start rolling in.But here‘s the kicker: you have the right to appeal that determination through an administrative hearing. And this, dear friends, is where having a SNAP violation lawyer can make all the difference.During the hearing process, your attorney will:

  • Poke holes in the FNS’s evidence against you
  • Present a robust defense on your behalf
  • Cross-examine any witnesses
  • Ensure your rights are protected every step of the way

It’s a complex process, no doubt about it. But with the right legal representation, you can significantly improve your chances of a favorable outcome.

Why Choose Spodek Law Group? Our Approach to SNAP Violation Cases

So, what sets Spodek Law Group apart from other law firms handling SNAP violation cases? Well, for starters, we take a hands-on, personalized approach to every single case.We don‘t just show up and go through the motions. Nope, we dive deep into the details, leaving no stone unturned in building a rock-solid defense strategy. Everything we do is focused on getting you results.Plus, we‘re not afraid to play hardball when necessary. Sometimes, prosecutors will only respond to force. Without an attorney advising you, you might accidentally plead guilty when you could’ve won the case. We know how to push back and fight for your rights.But it‘s not just about our legal chops (though we‘ve got those in spades). We also pride ourselves on our compassionate approach. We get that this is a stressful, often embarrassing situation. That’s why we encourage open dialogue and full transparency – so we can give you the best possible legal advice.And let‘s not forget our nationwide presence. With offices in NYC and Los Angeles, we’re equipped to handle SNAP violation cases across the country. Regardless of where you’re located, we’ve got your back.

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