What is a Geofence Warrant and is it Constitutional?

Based on a recent federal district court decision, “geofence search warrants” for Google location data are subject to being challenged as an unconstitutional violation of privacy. The judge in that case refused to grant the warrant because it was too broad and violated the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable government searches and seizures. What is…

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New IRS Policy on Returning Money from “Structuring” Violations

The federal government recently changed its policy for seizing money for alleged “structuring violations” when that money was deposited by otherwise innocent individuals and business owners. “Structuring” refers to the act of intentionally making cash deposits in an amount not more than $10,000 to avoid the federal currency reporting requirements. Our firm has represented several…

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“Operation Pilluted” is Another Example of DEA Excess in Alleged “Pill Mill” Cases

The DEA just announced that law enforcement officers have arrested hundreds of people, including 22 doctors and pharmacists, in connection with “Operation Pilluted.” This DEA investigation targeted alleged “pill mills” where physicians were supposedly over-prescribing pain medication including Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. Although the DEA and Department of Justice have been prosecuting…

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