Q: What probable cause is needed to arrest a medical provider for credit card fraud? What about criteria for conviction?
Need guidance on arrest for credit card fraud that I did not commit. I have a clean record and work as a licensed therapist. I own a solo private practice in VA. Last week, I was unexpectedly arrested at home. I was handcuffed in my kitchen and escorted to the police car in the street (blocking driveway)
-Never read Miranda Rights upon arrest
-Arresting officer could not explain why, said "I don't really know"
-Wrong officer listed on warrant as arresting officer, wrong time, wrong date of offense
-Police did not investigate my side or search
-Parent of child client filed the complaint. Parent signed intake paperwork+card agreement and provided credit card for "keep card on file" policy, stored in electronic chart for co-pays
-Alleged fraud charges were co-pays for therapy services rendered. Parent aware, signed form. No intent to defraud as charges were for sessions, made by the business account, labeled and identifiable, parent had access to billing account at all times.
A: Great story, great defenses. Tell everything to a lawyer.
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