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Am I Eligible for a Reduction in my Federal Sentence Based on the New Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines?

Posted in On October 6, 2023

There has been much discussion lately regarding the upcoming November 1, 2023, effective date of Amendment 821 to the Sentencing Guidelines. While this amendment is not yet effective because it remains with Congress for a 180-day review period ending November 1, 2023, if Congress fails to act to disapprove the amendment by that date it will become effective. It’s expected that Amendment 821 will become effective, and it will give District Court Judges authority to…

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How do the Federal sentencing guidelines work?

Posted in On August 24, 2023

If you or someone you know has been charged with a federal crime, you are probably concerned about the potential for a lengthy sentence.  Some federal offenses, such as Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence, carry statutory mandatory minimum sentence.  For the Brandishing offense, Congress has imposed a mandatory minimum sentence of seven (7) years.  The maximum sentence is life.  Other federal offenses, such as Wire Fraud, carry no…

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What to know if you’re charged with a Federal crime in Indiana.

Posted in On June 30, 2023

Facing criminal charges of any type can be scary and life-altering.  There is the risk of incarceration, fines, or other loss of liberty.  However, when a person finds himself or herself in the crosshairs of the federal government, the associated concern often grows.  The federal government has a reputation for pursuing and often obtaining significant sentences, usually exceeding what equivalent state laws may call for.  This is among the many reasons it is crucial to…

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Top 10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

You have been charged with a crime.  It is probably one of the most stressful times you have ever had in your life.  You may have just spent a miserable night or two in jail and are completely exhausted.  However, now you have a very important decision to make.  Who should I hire as my criminal defense attorney?  In this blog we will list 10 questions you should ask when talking to a potential attorney…

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Will Trump Be Charged?

You’d have to be living under a rock to be completely unaware of what happened on January 6th, 2021. Regardless of your politics, cameras rolled as thousands of people stormed the Capital for the first time since The Burning of Washington on August 24th, 1814. In stark contrast, back in the early-1800’s, unlike January 6th of 2021, the attack was from a foreign power, the British, not from citizens from within the borders of our…

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Jury Nullification vs Article I, Section 19

Article I, Section 19 of the Indiana Constitution provides “[i]n all criminal cases, whatever, the jury shall have the right to determine the law and the facts.”  This would appear to be straight forward, but despite the short provision, there has been constant debate over what exactly this means a jury can or cannot do. Many individuals believe that this provision would allow what is known as “jury nullification” or the idea that a jury…

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Pending Federal Legislation: Justice Safety Valve Act

Past blogs have referenced the differences between State and Federal court but perhaps the biggest difference is the mandatory minimum sentences for certain criminal offenses.  These statutory requirements mean that an individual will serve at least the minimum required time, regardless of what their guideline range may be in the Federal system.  For example, an individual could commit a criminal offense that requires a minimum of 5 years in the Federal Bureau of Prisons and…

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Federal Sentencing Zones & Placement Options

When determining possible, criminal sentencing ranges and placement options at the federal level, one only look so far as the federal sentencing guidelines and the federal sentencing table. See a blog on the guidelines and sentencing table here. Here is the table as well: While the sentencing table lays out the advisory sentencing ranges that judges look to in determining the total length of the sentence to be imposed based on the crime committed, one…

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