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What To Do If Your House Was Raided By Federal Agents

What Should You Do if Federal Authorities Raided Your House with a Search Warrant? This is a common thing where the feds will get a search warrant and they’ll come in and take certain property, and believe it or not, they won’t arrest the person. If you’re reading this before that happens to you, which is usually not the case, it’s after the fact, of course the first thing I would tell you is not to give any statement to the police. When they come in it’s scary and a lot of times what they’re going to do is attempt...

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Why Can’t Some Defendants Bail Out in Federal Criminal Cases?

Why do Defendants Get Taken into Custody In Federal Criminal Cases and Cannot Bail Out? This is a common question and I see where people are being detained in federal cases and cannot get out.  People aren’t used to this, because in state cases, a person is almost always entitled to some sort of a bail, even if it’s a high bail, you could use a bail bondsman and bail out if you have enough money and enough equity. But in a federal case, the government actually has the ability to argue to the judge that you should be held...

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Can I Resolve My Federal Criminal Case Before Charges Are Filed?

Is it Possible to Resolve a Federal Criminal Case Before Charges Are Actually Filed in Court? The answer to this question is yes.  I have engaged in many prefiling negotiations with prosecutors.  Of course, the circumstances have to be right for this. Typically, the prosecutors will contact the defendant or if they know the defendant has an attorney, they can call the attorney and let them know they are about to indict that person. Sometimes, they even indict the person, but don’t actually have the person go to court. Especially now with the coronavirus, I’ve had some cases where a person...

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What Factors Determine How Child Pornography is Prosecuted?

What Determines Whether a Child Pornography Prosecution Is Dealt with by the Federal Government or the State? This is a big question because a lot of times what’s happening is, someone is coming to a person’s house or business, arresting that person or simply searching their house. They are taking computers, phones, tablets, trying to get a statement from the person and hopefully the person is not stupid enough to give a statement because that’s usually more evidence to prove that whatever computers they’re taking are their computer and a lot of times people even admit when it comes to...

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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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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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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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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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What Happens Pre-Filing in a Federal Criminal Case?

This is an important aspect of any federal case and that is, what the federal government agents are doing before the case is even filed.  I get a lot of clients who come to me pre-filing at the investigative stage and they’re really not sure what to do.  They know that the feds are investigating them. They’ve either tried to talk to them or have talked to them.  They’ve reached out to people that they know, witnesses, their employees. So, the person gets wind of the fact that the federal government — the FBI, the DEA — or whatever federal...

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