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Believe it or not, there’s a lot of action at the federal level in San Diego related to federal criminal cases.  Probably one of the biggest reasons for it is that it’s near the border, so there’s a lot of drugs moving in and out of the border.  There’s a lot of other activity that surrounds the drug cases.  If you have a matter in one of the San Diego federal courthouses, there’s a couple of important things to consider.

Courts are Tough on Crime

One, I would say in general, the federal courts and even the state courts are conservative, so they’re obviously going to be tough on crime.  But if you have a drug-related offense they have something they call a fast-track which basically means that you can get four levels off your sentence by way of a departure for resolving your case quickly.  Of course, there are certain rules attached to that, but it’s interesting that a jurisdiction very close to San Diego — Los Angeles — does not have that same fast-track ability, especially in a drug crime change.  The reason they are doing that is they have so many drugs moving through the border that if they don’t’ do that, their cases are just going to get stacked up.  So, you can get that fast-track by acting quickly.

Of course, they’re going to have to prove the case against you before you’re going to agree to any type of a fast-track and a resolution in the case.  That’s where you want to sit down with your federal criminal defense attorney, talk about the jurisdiction in San Diego where your case is pending and make an informed decision as to whether or not you’re going to try and work out a plea negotiation or file some sort of a motion in one of the San Diego federal courts or fight the case at the jury trial level and try to get a not-guilty verdict.

Experienced Federal Defense Lawyer

So, if you have a San Diego federal criminal defense case, you’re going to want to talk to somebody who has experience with these courts, know how the prosecutors deal with the cases, knows how the judges are typically sentence on a particular type of charge that you’re charged with, and obviously who also knows how to evaluate whether you’ve got a good motion that you might be able to file in your San Diego federal case that could either put you in a better position — charge-wise — or even get the case dismissed outright.  It’s obviously not easy to win a motion at the federal criminal level because usually the prosecutors are smart enough to know not to file a case that has built-in problems.

Sometimes, though, there are those cases that you have a gray area and you can’t really tell whether you might win a motion or not.  Obviously, in that circumstance, you’re going to want to file it, litigate it and a lot of times there’s built-in weaknesses that the prosecutors just simply don’t see in the federal case.  So, do your homework and research.

Attorney You Are Comfortable With

What you’re also looking for is, you want to talk to your attorney.  Get a look at him.  I put videos on my websites because I want people to see who I am, what I have to say, what type of person that I am, and that’s really important for choosing a federal criminal attorney in San Diego, is making sure that you’ve got somebody that you feel comfortable with — that you respect — that sounds to you like they know what they’re talking about and is likable, because they’re the ones that are going to be dealing with the prosecutor and judge in your case, so you want to make sure that you feel comfortable with him because if you feel comfortable, then likely that will translate to the judge and the prosecutor, and even the jury, if your case ends up going to trial. Contact our federal criminal defense lawyers to review your case.

So, pick up the phone.  Make the call now.  We can do a consultation over the phone with you if you ,have a case pending in one of the San Diego federal courts, or obviously, we can set up a face-to-face meeting and really get down to the nitty-gritty as to exactly how your federal case should be handled and what type of strategy should be employed because that’s one of the first things you want to do — get the attorney and then decide exactly how you’re going to handle your case, this way you have the best chance to end up with the best possible result.

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