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What is a Character Reference Letter in a Federal Criminal Defense Case?

If you take your federal criminal case all the way to trial and lose, then eventually you will be facing a sentencing hearing. At that point, your energy, and your lawyer’s energy, will turn primarily to sentence mitigation.  One of the tools that you can use to do this is to gather character reference letters.…
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What Should You Do If You Receive a Grand Jury Subpoena?

Receiving a federal Grand Jury subpoena can be nerve wracking. Yet it’s important to understand exactly what you should do if you receive this type of document. According to federal law, the Grand Jury, as a representative of the public, “has a claim to every man’s evidence,” except for “persons protected by a constitutional, common…
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What is Self-Surrender?

Sometimes it’s just not possible to get an acquittal in a federal case, even if you have a very skilled federal criminal lawyer. You have to remember that 92% of the people who get targeted for a criminal investigation tend to either plead guilty or be found guilty in court. In part this is because…
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Building a Defense for Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

Drug charges are some of the most serious federal charges you might ever face. They’re also some of the most common convictions made by the federal government. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways that a federal criminal defense attorney can help you build a defense against these charges. Common Drug Charge Defenses In a…
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What is Money Laundering?

The crime of money laundering consists of taking money from drugs, theft, or other criminal activity and “transforming it” into legitimate money by running it through a front business of some kind. Often this will require some sort of cash business and some accounting fraud.  Some criminals use complex banking schemes or cryptocurrencies to conduct…
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Should You Testify on Your Own Behalf in a Criminal Case?

Many of our clients ask us whether or not it’s a good idea to testify in their own criminal cases.  Whether the case is a New York State case or a federal one, testifying on your own behalf is fraught. It comes with a lot of dangers, and usually with few benefits.  Most of the…
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