A quick Google search for DUI penalties in Florida could lead you to believe that the financial consequences of such an offense are relatively minor. For example, under Florida law, a first-time offender may face a minimum fine of $500 and as little as eight hours in jail.
Public discussion of Medicaid and Medicare fraud usually focuses on individuals gaming the system. Americans seem particularly worried about the idea of somebody getting medical benefits that they should not receive. However, in the grand scheme of medical cost in this country, fraud perpetrated by individuals against government insurance programs is miniscule.
Being arrested is always a stressful experience—particularly if you’re facing criminal charges. However, as an immigrant—even a green card holder with permanent residency status—the process can be especially harrowing. In addition to facing the usual criminal penalties—prison sentence, probation and fines—a non-citizen also faces the prospect of being removed from their family and the country they call home.