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Category Archives: Federal Crimes

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Federal Court Orders New Sentencing Hearing for “Polite” Bank Robber

By Julia Kefalinos |

When a person is convicted of a federal crime, the amount of prison time they face is determined in part by a complex set of sentencing guidelines. The guidelines are not mandatory, but they are commonly used by judges when sentencing defendants convicted of felonies or Class A misdemeanors under the United States Code…. Read More »

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How Specific Details Can Affect Federal Criminal Sentencing

By Julia Kefalinos |

Details matter when it comes to criminal offenses. Something that might seem insignificant to the casual observer can actually have a significant impact on a person’s criminal liability or the sentence they receive from a judge. And even where the law might seem ambiguous on a given detail, judges often give prosecutors the benefit… Read More »

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What Happens When a Court Does Not Give a Defendant a “Speedy” Trial?

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor and awaiting trial, you understandably want your case resolved as quickly as possible. Indeed, the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees all criminal defendants the right to a “speedy” trial. But what exactly does “speedy” mean? Miami Man’s Conviction Reversed Due to Yearlong… Read More »

Florida Prosecutors Take White Collar Crimes Seriously

By Julia Kefalinos |

White collar crimes are a serious matter. Federal prosecutors in Florida treat offenses like tax fraud, identity theft, and money laundering just as seriously as more conventional violent crimes. And if a white collar crime involves more than one person, whoever is charged as the “ringleader” may face enhanced penalties under federal sentencing guidelines…. Read More »

What to do if Suspected of Marriage Fraud

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you and your current or future spouse are dealing with immigration issues as you start your new marriage, you may find yourself involved with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or USCIS. Even genuine marriages are sometimes investigated for “marriage fraud,” where a sham marriage is used to circumvent federal law. You should… Read More »

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