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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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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 Attorney Hope Lefeber Discusses Amendments to Federal Sentencing Guidelines

U. S. Sentencing Commission votes to reduce drug quantity table by two levels for most federal drug trafficking offenses. Read More
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Prosecutorial Misconduct

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted review in a murder case where Virginia prosecutors hid exculpatory evidence and defied a federal judge in a death-penalty case. This could be a pivotal moment for the enforcement of the “Brady Rule.” The case, W… Read More
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What are the Recently Proposed Changes to the Federal Drug Trafficking Sentences?

While the proposition is a step in the right direction by reducing the overly draconian federal drug guidelines, it does nothing to correct the statutory mandatory minimum sentences, which result in the greatest injustice. Read More
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What Makes A Good Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer?

What Makes a Great Trial Lawyer? LawCrossing.com asked “What makes a great trial lawyer?” and Hope C. Lefeber weighed in. What are the two crucial traits to succeed in the courtroom? Lefeber says it’s passion and amazing communication skills. … Read More
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New U.S. Sentencing Commission publications called "Quick Facts"

The U.S. Sentencing Commission has recently developed publications in specific areas of federal sentencing called “Quick Facts” which provide helpful statistics. Below is the direct web page to the links for each Quick Facts publication:… Read More
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Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: Holder Memo, Justice Safety Valve Act, and Smarter Sentencing Act

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently issued new policies to the existing mandatory minimum statutes regarding drug offenses. Holder has vowed to work with Congress to make changes to the existing mandatory minimum statutes regarding drug offens… Read More
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Third Circuit Allows §3582(c)(2) Departure Below Mandatory Minimum

Defendants Convicted of Crack Offenses Who Received Cooperation Departures Below the Mando Are Not Barred From Seeking a Sentence Reduction Under Section 3582(c)(2) In United States v. Savani, Nos. 11-4359/11-4494/12-1034, the Third Circuit held that… Read More
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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel at Plea

Missouri v. Frye, 2012 WL 932020 (March 21, 2012) In a case where defendant was not advised of plea offer with a fixed expiration date, and subsequently entered a less favorable plea: Read More
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