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Defending Yourself Against a Federal Cybercrime Charge

As people conduct more of their daily lives online, federal law enforcement officers have increasingly turned their focus to investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes. Cybercrime can include any criminal offenses committed using a digital device, suc… Read More
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What Is A Pretrial Diversion Program?

Pretrial diversion is an alternative way to resolve a criminal case that can allow you to avoid jail and a criminal conviction. If you are eligible, pretrial diversion removes you from the criminal justice system after completion of supervised releas… Read More
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How to Choose a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

When you have been charged with a federal crime, the stakes are high. You need a lawyer with experience, who understands the unique requirements of defending a client in federal court, is not afraid or intimidated by the federal government, and will… Read More
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Justice Department’s New Sentencing Reform Initiatives

The following is an excerpt form AG Loretta Lynch ‘s speech, on February 23., 2016, in DC at the at the National Association of Attorneys General Annual Winter Conference: “Through the Smart on Crime initiative — launched by my predecessor, Eri… Read More
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What to Do If the FBI Shows Up At Your Door

It’s 6 a.m. and someone is pounding at your front door. You stumble out of bed, and toward the noise that woke you. But when you swing open the door, you can’t believe your eyes. Two Federal agents are standing on your front stoop, flashing their… Read More
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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel – When Defense Counsel Miscalculates the Guidelines

This month, the Third Circuit decided two habeas corpus petitions, granting relief in one, United States v. Bui, –F.3d–, 2015 WL 4620059 (3d Cir. Aug. 4, 2015), and denying relief in the other, United States v. Fazio, –F.3d–,… Read More
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No Fifth Amendment Privilege As To Foreign Bank Accounts

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit confronted the question of whether the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination applies when the Government subpoenas foreign bank records under 31 C.F.R. § 1010.420. In… Read More
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Post-Arrest Silence and the Fifth Amendment

Recently, the Third Circuit in United States v. Edwards, — F.3d –, 2015 WL 4069280 (3d Cir. 2015), ruled that the Government’s use of post-Miranda silence during a trial to imply guilt violates the Fifth Amendment and was not harmless e… Read More
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When Is There Reasonable Suspicion to Make a Terry Stop?

In United States v. Lowe, — F.3d –, 2015 WL 4032921 (3d Cir. 2015), the third Circuit ruled that police did not have reasonable suspicion to conduct a Terry stop and suppressed the evidence found as a result. On September 19, 2010, at 4.0… Read More
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