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What to Expect in a Federal Criminal Case

Facing criminal charges in federal court is intimidating and scary. Any criminal case, and a federal criminal case, in particular, is complicated. It can be helpful and reassuring to understand how a criminal case works, and what to expect. If you be… Read More
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DEA Shutting Down Illegal Distribution of Oxycodone by Doctors

In 2020, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) targeted doctors in Philadelphia and elsewhere for conspiring to illegally write prescriptions for oxycodone and other opioids. Expect this trend to carry on into 2021, as the DEA will continue… Read More
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Categories: Drug Crimes, Federal Law

Pharmacist's Statements not Suppressed – Expert Opinion as to Best Medical Practices Allowed

The Third Circuit’s decision in United States v. Ludwikowski, Crim. No. 18-1881, really underscores the importance of seeking the advice of counsel before ever speaking to the government or any law enforcement officer. In this case, Ludwikowski was… Read More
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Categories: Drug Crimes

Drug Quantity Proof / Evidence at Sentencing

In United States v. Rowe, No. 18-1192 (Apr. 2, 2019), the Third Circuit vacated the defendant’s conviction for distribution and possession with intent to distribute 1,000 grams of heroin because the government failed to prove that he distribute… Read More
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Honeycutt Decision By Supreme Court: Major Victory For The Defense in Criminal Forfeiture

The Supreme Court has just made an important step towards protecting defendants in criminal forfeiture. In Honeycutt v. United States, No 16-142 (June 5, 2017), the Court held that a defendant may not be held jointly and severally liable for property… Read More
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Third Circuit Grants Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claim

On October 20, 2014, the Third Circuit granted Dung Bui’s habeas petition in U.S. v. Bui, 2014 WL 5315061 (3d Cir, Oct. 20, 2014). Since Congress’ passing of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act in 1996, successful habeas petitions a… Read More
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Recent Amendments To Federal Sentencing Guidelines For Drug Cases

These amendments will affect thousands of defendants who are presently incarcerated for federal drug offenses. Read More
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Third Circuit in U.S. v. Caldwell Reverses Conviction Where Evidence Of Prior Convictions Were Erroneously Admitted

The Third Circuit, in Caldwell has issued a lengthy opinion which clearly explains Federal Rules of Evidence 403 and 404(b) and the law regarding the introduction of evidence of prior convictions in a federal criminal trial. Caldwell was convicted in… Read More
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Federal Defense Attorney Hope Lefeber Discusses Recent Third Circuit Opinions

Third Circuit Spring Recap U.S. v. Velazquez, 749 F.3d 161 (3d Cir. 2014) In U.S. v. Velazquez, the Third Circuit ruled that the government’s minimal efforts to apprehend Velazquez violated his Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial. In 2005, the… Read More
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Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Hope C. Lefeber Discusses Recent 3rd Circuit Case Ruling That A Person Has No Fourth Amendment Protection When Using Shared Wi-Fi

Last week was a busy week for the Fourth Amendment in the Courts of Appeal. On the same day that the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the Fourth Amendment covers data obtained from cell towers, the Third Circuit in U.S. v. Stanley ruled that the Fourth Am… Read More
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