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Category: Federal Crimes

When Do You Have a Search Issue in a Federal Criminal Case?

The federal government is arresting many people based on searches conducted of their person, property, car, or home, and they’re wondering whether or not the feds acted appropriately when they searched. Because obviously, the search yielded something against them – whether it be drugs, stolen property, illegal property, or anything that will be used to prosecute them federally. When a federal law enforcement agency, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has a reason to believe you committed a crime, they can ask the court for a warrant to search your property. If you’re involved in a federal criminal investigation,… Read More

What is a Minor Role Adjustment in a Federal Criminal Case?

A minor role comes into play when a defendant in a federal criminal case is not a significant player in that crime.  It’s challenging to get a minor role if you’re the only participant in the crime. But if you are involved with other individuals, and it can be argued that you’re one of the least guilty or least culpable people in the crime, you can try to get a minor role in a federal criminal case. The significance of getting it is that you get two levels off your offense.  Also, if you’re considered a minor player, other downward… Read More

What is a Mandatory Minimum Sentence in a Federal Case?

People arrested for federal crimes have never been arrested before the vast majority of the time.  Even those who have been arrested before don’t understand the significance of a mandatory minimum sentence. It means that there are certain crimes that, if you get convicted of, you face a mandatory minimum.  In other words, if you get convicted of a crime that has one, you must obtain that mandatory minimum as your sentence.  That’s the lowest sentence you could get.  You could get a higher sentence, but there’s a minimum sentence the judge must give you. A perfect example is you see… Read More

What Happens During a Federal Criminal Plea?

Many people who have federal cases and are charged with a crime and will end up having to plead guilty are interested in what exactly happens at the plea. First and foremost, you will sign a plea agreement typically with the government. You can certainly do an open plea with the court, but you usually say better than 95% of the time that you will work out a resolution with the federal government. Then they will submit the plea to the court, and the court will then contact both counsels and set up a date for the plea. Many of… Read More

Federal Child Pornography Charges

What’s the Difference Between Possession, Distribution and Production of Child Pornography for Criminal Purposes? When it comes to the area of federal child pornography charges, typically what ends up happening is the federal authorities find child pornography in somebody’s computer and then the question becomes what are they going to charge that person with? It’s illegal under 18 U.S.C. § 2252 to produce, distribute, receive or possess any child pornography. Under federal law, it’s also illegal to knowingly search for and view child pornography even if the images are deleted. A conviction for a federal child pornography can result in… Read More

Federal Child Pornography Investigations

Once Federal Agents Seize Your Computer in a Child Pornography Investigation How Long Does It Take? Under federal law, child pornography is any “visual depiction” of a minor who is engaging in “sexually explicit conduct.” A visual depiction is can be a photos, videos, or even a digital image. A minor is anyone under 18 years old. “Sexually explicit conduct” can include a wide range of sexual activity including intercourse, masturbation and  exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of any person. Nudity is explicit conduct if it is sexually suggestive. It’s illegal under 18 U.S.C. § 2252 to produce,… Read More

Federal Bribery College Scheme Uncovered: A Tough Defense

When it comes to bribery as indicated in general, usually the feds get involved when someone is offering money, services, goods or something in order to effectuate something that is illegal.  In the most recent case where these actors or other people are paying extra money in order to get their children into colleges, that falls under the umbrella of bribery, which is now commonly known as the “college admissions bribery scandal.” Basically, what they’re doing is they’re trying to give money to get their child in a position to get into a college ahead of everybody else — or… Read More

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