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October 9, 2019
Critical Info: How Long is the Federal Criminal Appeals Process?

"How Long is the Federal Criminal Appeals Process?" This is a question our office gets all the time, and it would be great if we could give a clear-cut answer; however, the short and sweet truth of the federal criminal appeals process is that it takes as long as it takes. Sometimes it can take […]

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August 26, 2019
Helpful Resource: the BOP's PATTERN Risk and Needs Assessment

The BOP recently released a 102-page book to describe the development and implementation of its new PATTERN risk and needs assessment tool.

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August 20, 2019
Felon Possession of Firearm: Rehaif v. United States

The Supreme Court judgement under Rehaif says that a felon must have knowledge that they are unable to be in possession of a firearm. Why is the Rehaif Case Important? The Rehaif case may be significant because of its consequences.  It is possible that there will now be a flood of litigation from defendants who will […]

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August 14, 2019
Elderly Offender Home Detention Program

The Elderly Offender Home Detention Program is a program by which an “Eligible Elderly Offender” or an “Eligible Terminally Ill Offender” can go home for the rest of their sentence.

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August 6, 2019
Is United States vs. Davis Retroactive?

In US vs Davis, the 11th circuit ruled that this was a new substantive rule of constitutional law, with new setting and new context.

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July 29, 2019
Crime of Violence: United States v. Davis

Supreme Court found that the federal definition of a “crime of violence” contained in 18 U.S.C. § 924(c), which that imposes substantial prison time for defendants who commit a crime with a firearm, is too vague to be enforced.

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June 25, 2019
United States vs. Davis: A Primer

While this is great news for many, I know that a lot of you have plenty of questions about Davis. I want to take this opportunity to discuss what exactly the holding in Davis means, how we got here, and what it might mean for your individual case.

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June 6, 2019
Is a Federal Criminal Appeal An Opportunity for a Retrial?

A main misconception is that a federal criminal appeal is an opportunity to re-address or re-open the facts that were presented at trial.

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May 22, 2019
Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and Impact on Cases

Our office fields many questions about the topic of ineffective assistance of counsel.  In this short blog, we will provide more clarity on this complex issue. So many more complexities exist beyond this outline.  Please reach out and contact our office if you have questions about your specific case. 2255 Motions and Ineffective Assistance of […]

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May 8, 2019
Hope for Sick and Aging Inmates

According to the Bureau of Justice, from 1999 to 2016, the number of inmates in state and federal prisons who were 55 years or older increased 280 percent!

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