Federal Defense

Federal Fraud Charges & the Admissions Scandal

  The infamous 2019 college admissions scandal involving federal fraud charges has garnered vast headlines in federal court the past several months as 50 individuals have been charged with varying fraud crimes, primarily, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, along with conspiracy to commit money laundering. Before the government was aware of the …

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Types of Crimes: Infraction, Misdemeanor and Felony

  Types of Crimes When someone breaks the law, the level of severity types of crimes that the individual committed in the act, determines what classification of crime the person will face. That category could be one of three types of crimes ranging from least to most serious, which are: Infractions, Misdemeanors, and Felonies.

Federal Mail Fraud – Is This a Common Crime in a Digital World?

Federal Mail Fraud is still a common crime in our digital world. With the growing age of technology and development of the internet, television, phone calls and more, it would be easy to assume that mail fraud schemes would be far less common in the technological era. On the contrary, mail fraud is still a …

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Under Federal Investigation? What You Need to Know

More often than not, a federal investigation is conducted in secret. You may not be aware that you are being investigated by the Feds because their goal is to maintain anonymity throughout their work. The overarching goal of a  federal investigation is to get enough incriminating evidence to produce a criminal indictment that will eventually …

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The Importance of the “Sufficiency of the Evidence” Instruction in a California Criminal Trial

The Importance of Evidence   Any experienced criminal defense attorney in California who performs trial work knows the value of the jury instruction that discusses the sufficiency of circumstantial evidence, and how important it is to discuss the instruction during jury questioning and in closing argument. Calcrim 224 provides if the evidence presented during the …

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Federal Court Rules Manslaughter Does Not Constitute a Crime of Violence

Manslaughter is no longer considered a crime of violence for purposes of federal sentencing.   In order to decide the amount of time that a person should be sentenced to once they are convicted, the court uses a mechanism called a sentencing guideline. Based on the crime convicted and what the guideline suggests a specific …

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Top Four Ways Federal Criminal Defense Differs From State in CA

State criminal defense Not all lawyers practice all areas of the law.  For example, if someone is charged with a crime, they obviously need to hire a criminal defense attorney. This decision can be challenging if the person is charged in federal court, not in the county state court. Not all criminal defense attorneys in …

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