A Caledonia doctor accused of participating in a multicounty cocaine distribution ring that span into other states became an informant for the federal government. Upon becoming an informant, he identified one of his patients as a dealer and befriended another in an attempt to buy cocaine undercover.
The attorneys of the alleged dealer have filed four motions to have the charges against him dismissed due to a breach in doctor-patient confidentiality. He is charged with three felonies.
The other patient the doctor accused of obtaining cocaine is said to be mentally impaired and receives Social Security benefits. He indicated that he is not a drug dealer, and he bought cocaine for the doctor because he thought the doctor was his friend.
Individuals convicted of drug offenses can face stiff penalties. They may wish to retain the services criminal defense attorney who has a strong background in drug crimes. Attorneys are able to challenge the validity of charges a defendant faces and can file motions to have charges dismissed. They may also negotiate with prosecutors to have some charges thrown out or have the accused to plead guilty to a less serious charge. When gross misconduct is discovered, courts could opt to dismiss a case. Courts also take into consideration the actions of an informant. In the case of the doctor, a court could deem his actions were inappropriate because the other men were his patients. Attorneys could also seek leniency at sentencing for individuals who have been declared mentally impaired.
Source: The Journal Time, "Kenosha County man says he got 'doc' coke 'because he was my friend'," Kristen Zambo, March 28, 2013