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I want to personally welcome you to the Hedding Law Firm Federal Criminal Defense Blog. We will make every effort to discuss the latest developments and issues in the Federal Criminal Defense World. There are so many issues related to federal criminal cases, I am sure that we will cover many of them as the months and years pass.

Probably the most significant topic ,related to the federal criminal system, is the federal sentencing guidelines. Many people do not realize that the same federal guidelines are used across the country. It is also important to note that the federal criminal defense sentencing guidelines are advisory..a judge now has the ability to give whatever sentence they deem long as they consider the sentencing guides. This development has now shifted significant discretion back to the federal court judges. In my opinion, this has given and will continue to give deserving defendants the opportunity to stay out of federal prison.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy reading about some of the topics, issues and cases in this blog. If you are charged with a federal crime, I encourage you to contact me and discuss your case. I have successfully handled many federal criminal defense cases over the years and feel confident that once you meet with me, you will be convinced that I have the know how and legal abilities to help you.

What Does It Take to Win a Federal Criminal Jury Trial?

I’ve been practicing federal law now for over 25 years and have handled numerous cases around the nation, many jury trials, and I believe that the first thing you need to win a federal criminal case is a solid argument that strikes at the heart of the prosecution’s theory against you. In other words, the prosecutors will file certain criminal charges against you.  You have to have a defense in your federal criminal case that the jury can relate to that basically negates or nullifies the government’s evidence against you. The government will surely have witnesses.  They will have a...

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Pre-Trial Motions in Federal Criminal Cases

Any time you’re indicted for a federal case in Los Angeles, or anywhere in the nation for that matter, typically you will appear for your post-indictment arraignment.  You will eventually be assigned a judge and then the prosecutors will be ordered to give all the discovery related to the case to your attorney. That’s basically all of the information — whether it be police reports, surveillance videos, wire tap evidence — whatever information they have.  The prosecutor — the Assistant United States Attorney — in a federal case is going to have the responsibility for turning that over. Once your...

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What to do if Charged With Violating the Anti-Kickback Statute?

These cases are prosecuted more and more at the healthcare level and we’re seeing a lot of physicians and doctors being charged both civilly and criminally where they’re facing thousands of dollars of fines at the civil level and then the criminal prosecutors get their hands on the case and then the person is looking at not only fines, but also potential federal criminal custody time served at 85% of the time. This really has to do with abusing government health care programs.  In other words, you have programs like Medicare for example, where patients, doctors can get money from...

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Federal Criminal Gang Prosecutions

For the last 25+ years, I’ve handled gang-related cases at both the state and federal level.  The feds got involved with prosecuting gangs approximately 15 years ago, especially here in Los Angeles, but not just Los Angeles — across the country. They really have found themselves more suitable to deal with gang-related offenses than the state because a lot of times the gangs are sophisticated, are working with a lot of members. Some of the the gangs I’ve seen have over 150+ gang members.  So, the prosecutors realize that the state simply is not equipped to deal with such a...

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What Makes Health Care Fraud a Federal Crime?

What Are Some Examples Of Charges Brought Under Health Care Fraud By A Consumer, Patient, Or A Doctor? When it comes to health care fraud, especially at the federal level, the government is sending a benefit to somebody that shouldn’t be getting that benefit. For example, maybe a doctor is billing Medicare or Medicaid improperly. By doing so, they’re getting a lot of money from the government while no patient is receiving treatment. Also, if they were splitting the profits with the patient, or the patient knew that the government agency was being improperly billed, they could go after the...

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Federal Prosecution of Child Pornography Charges

What Can You Be Prosecuted for By the Federal Government if You’re Caught With Child Pornography on Your Computer or Other Device? I’ve represented these cases since they came into existence and what ends up happening a lot of times is somehow the feds become aware that you are involved with child pornography. Either you happen on some sort of a site or an App that they’ve taken over and arrested people on, or you start communicating with the feds themselves and they end up coming to serve a search warrant at your home. Another thing I’ve seen on some...

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Modern Federal Drug Conspiracy Defense

I call this the modern federal drug conspiracy because I’ve been doing drug conspiracy cases now for the last 26 years and I’ve seen them develop in a lot of different ways. The federal government has to keep pace with those individuals who are moving drugs throughout not just California or the United States, but internationally.  There’s a lot of drugs, and I’ve defended people who are alleged to be bringing drugs in from out of the country. In order to track this type of movement and the sophisticated ways that drug traffickers use to be able to avoid police...

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What is Identity Theft Under Federal Law?

What Exactly Is Identity Theft? Is This A Federal Offense? Identity theft can come about in different ways. It can come up at the federal level or filed at the state level. At the federal level, you’re usually going to see a level of sophistication involved where somebody is using someone else’s identity. The identity used could be an unknown person’s identity, or someone who they made up in order to commit some sort of criminal activity that impacts a person’s identity or the federal government. A lot of these identity frauds will impact banks, which are federally insured by...

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What is Bankruptcy Fraud Under Federal Law?

In my experience, bankruptcy fraud is usually prosecuted at the federal level. Of course, it has to do with individuals who are trying to utilize the bankruptcy system in a fraudulent manner. For example, making claims that they are not receiving money, don’t have money, or filling up paperwork to try to file for bankruptcy to avoid debts, is considered bankruptcy fraud under 18 U.S.C. § 157. The government then becomes aware of the fact, and they make it clear that the person either lied on paperwork, or is not telling the truth about certain assets or money that they...

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COVID-19 Office Procedures

Should I Wait To Get A Federal Defense Attorney Until This Is All Over Or Should I Hire One Now? You should not wait to get a federal defense attorney until Covid-19 is over. We are available if you have a federal case. If either you or a loved one is under investigation, or there is a federal case pending, we are still available to deal with those cases. We will try to get you or your loved one out of custody, keep you or them out of custody, and make the right moves despite the fact that the coronavirus...

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