How We Defend Clients against EBT Disqualification

SNAP Violation 'Charge Letters' from the USDA

These cases often begin with a letter from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, or USDA, that alleges your store is in violation of law against food stamp trafficking, having committed a SNAP violation. SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which administers Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT), a.k.a. food stamps.

This letter is known as a "charge letter," sent by the USDA's Food and Nutrition Services agents, outlining the charges against you.

Our process for defense against SNAP violation claims:

At Roberts Law Group, we represent clients facing disqualification in all phases. First, we advise you and help establish a compliance program to avoid trouble in the first place. But if you are accused of food stamp trafficking, whether or not you have a compliance program in place, we will answer the USDA's charge letter and file any necessary appeals.

We follow a three-step process:

  1. Review, evaluate, and write an answer to the charge letter
  2. File an administrative review asking for the decision to be overturned
  3. File an appeal in federal court

In many SNAP violation cases, we can resolve the matter at step one, hopefully avoiding the most serious penalties. Some are resolved at step two, and fewer at step three. At any rate, legal representation can mean the difference between a successful and not-so-successful outcome.

Have you received a charge letter? Your time is limited.

By contacting a lawyer as soon as you've received a charge letter, you can start working on your defense strategy. You must respond within 10 days of the date that you received the charge letter. Otherwise, the USDA's decision to disqualify you for EBT transactions stands.

We are a BBB accredited law firm with an A+ rating. Founder Patrick Roberts and his team have deep experience representing clients facing both the state and federal government, including USDA charges for food stamp trafficking and other SNAP violations.

Call 866-630-2389 to speak with us today.

North Carolina vs. M.W.
Charge: Charge: Robbery with A Dangerous Weapon (4 Counts), First Degree Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with A Dangerous Weapon
Facing: 12 - 17 years in prison
Result: Dismissed

An incarcerated defendant accused our client of participating in the robbery of a group of youth at a party. We were able to raise doubt as to the credibility of this individual. In the end, the prosecutor dismissed these charges, citing a lack of evidence.