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USDA SNAP Violations Lawyers

USDA SNAP Violation Attorneys: We Protect You

If you’re a grocery store that participates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is also known as food stamps, then you know how crucial it is to for you, your employees, and your grocery store, to comply with all the rules and regulations set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Bu,t what happens when you’re accused of violating these rules? That’s where our USDA SNAP violation attorneys come in.

At Spodek Law Group, our SNAP Violation lawyers understand the high stakes involved in SNAP violation cases. Any convinction can result in financial fines, disqualification from the program, and even potential criminal charges. Because of the criminal and financial implications, it’s crucial to have an experienced SNAP violation law group on your side.

What is a USDA SNAP Violation?

SNAP violations can take many forms, but some of the most common include:

  • Trafficking – Buying, selling, stealing, or exchanging SNAP benefits for cash, or other ineligible items like drugs
  • Allowing purchases of ineligible items – Such as alcohol, tobacco, or hot prepared foods
  • Overcharging for eligible items
  • Failing to maintain accurate records of items
  • Accepting SNAP benefits as payment on credit accounts

Even if your team commits unintentional errors, it can result in violations and penalties for you, your grocery store, and other owners of the store. Because of this, it’s so important for retailers to stay up-to-date on all the USDA rules and regulations surrounding SNAP.

The USDA SNAP Violation Process

If the USDA/FDA suspects a grocery store of violating SNAP rules, they will launch an investigation and send investigators. This may involve undercover shoppers, surveillance, or an audit of your store, and records. If they find evidence of SNAP violations, they will issue a snap violation charge letter, where the allegations against you will be outlined. At this point, you really only have a limited amount of  time to respond to the charges against you, and request a hearing. At this stage, this is where having a skilled SNAP violation attorney can make all the difference. SNAP Violation lawyers can help you gather evidence, build a strong defense, and negotiate with the USDA to try to reach a favorable outcome. If the SNAP violation case goes to a hearing, your criminal defense attorney will represent you before an administrative law judge. Your SNAP violation attorney will present evidence and arguments on your behalf, cross-examine witnesses, and fight to protect your rights and interests.

Potential Penalties for SNAP Violations

The penalties for grocery store SNAP violations can be severe, depending on the nature, and extent of the alleged misconduct. The penalties may include:

  • Disqualification from the SNAP program, either temporarily or permanently
  • Civil monetary penalties of up to $100,000 per SNAP violation
  • Criminal charges, which can result in fines and even imprisonment

In addition to these penalties, a SNAP violation conviction can also have serious consequences. It can damage your reputation, it can make it harder to obtain loans or licenses, it can hinder your ability to participate in other government programs.That’s why it’s so important to take SNAP violation charges seriously and seek experienced legal counsel right away.

How Spodek Law Group Can Help

At Spodek Law Group, we have a team of experienced USDA SNAP violation attorneys who are dedicated to protecting the rights and livelihoods of grocery store owners across the country. We understand the laws and regulations surrounding the SNAP program, and we know how to build strong defenses against even the most serious federal charges. Our SNAP violation attorneys have a track record of success in SNAP violation cases, and most importantly – we’re committed to providing aggressive, effective representation to each and every single client. Our team of lawyers will work tirelessly to investigate the SNAP charges against you, gather evidence to support your case, and develop a customized legal strategy tailored to the facts of your case and goals. Regardless of whether you’re accused of committing a simple mistake, or a more serious allegation, we’ll be there to guide you through every step of the process and fight for the best possible resolution. Our SNAP violation criminal attorneys help you understand your rights and options, and we’ll always keep you informed and involved in the decision-making process.

Why Choose Spodek Law Group?

There are many law firms out there that claim to handle SNAP violation cases, but not all of them have the experience, knowledge, and dedication that Spodek Law Group brings to the table. Here’s a few of the reasons why grocery store owners across the country trust us with their legal matters:

Extensive experience – Our SNAP violation attorneys have decades of combined experience handling SNAP violation cases, and other complex federal matters. We know the laws, the regulations, and the strategies that work to get you the best possible outcome.

Personalized attention – We understand every SNAP violation case is unique. Our attorneys take the time to get to know our clients, and their needs and goals. You’re like a member of our family.

Aggressive legal support – We’re not afraid to stand up to the USDA, and fight for our clients. Our criminal defense lawyers use every single legal tool at our disposal.

National reach – We represent clients across the country, and we have the resources and expertise to handle cases in any city or state.

Free consultations – We offer free consultations to all potential clients, so you can learn more about your rights and options without any obligation.

If you’re facing a SNAP violation allegation, don’t wait to seek legal help. The sooner you contact our criminal defense attorneys, the better your chances of achieving a favorable outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I receive a SNAP violation charge letter?

If you receive a SNAP trafficking charge letter from the USDA, the first thing you should do is contact an experienced SNAP violation attorney. Our SNAP violation attorneys can help you understand the allegations against you, and they can help you develop a legal plan to respond and defend yourself and your grocery store.

Can I negotiate a settlement with the USDA on my own?

In some situations, it might be possible to negotiate a settlement with the USDA, to avoid a hearing, and potentially reduce the penalties.

How long does a SNAP violation case typically take?

The timeline for a SNAP violation case vary depending on the allegations, the evidence involved, and whether the case goes to a hearing. In some cases, a successful outcome can be reached in a matter of weeks or months, while others may take a year or more.

Can I appeal a SNAP violation decision?

If you disagree with the outcome of your SNAP violation case, you have the right to appeal the decision. The appeals process can be complex and time-consuming. Our law firm can help you.

The Bottom Line

Facing a SNAP violation charge can be stressful, and overwhelming experience.  At Spodek Law Group, we’re here to help you protect your rights, your reputation, and your livelihood. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced USDA SNAP violation attorneys.

Additional Resources

Defending Against SNAP Violations

If you’re accused of breaking the SNAP rules – this can be extremely scary. Any violation of the SNAP rules means you could lose your business, or owe big fines to the government. But there’s always hope – Spodek Law Group can help. Our goal is to help you with any, and all, SNAP issues.

An Introduction to SNAP

SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, this is a federal program. SNAP offers food assistance benefits that ordinary people can spend using Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. As a retail store owner, you can be authorized to accept EBT payments for SNAP.

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