Suppressing Evidence Made by a Co-Defendant

In cases that involve many individuals who are charged with the commission of the same crime, it has increasingly become a problem for one person’s legal counsel to hear incriminating statements about the person from another individual who was involved in the offense. Fortunately, the Bruton doctrine can be used to suppress these statements. If you… Read More

How to Fight a Felony Charge

Battling a Felony Charge A felony is a very serious criminal charge, and the resulting penalties can be severe. If you are convicted of a felony, you face very serious consequences including large fines, imprisonment, and social stigma that can last the rest of your life. To reduce your chances of facing these challenges, you… Read More

Appeals Case Concerning Section 851

Section 851 of the Controlled Substances Act (or, 21 U.S.C. 851) authorizes federal prosecutors to use a defendant’s prior felony drug conviction to subject a defendant to an increased penalty. This law is commonly used in appeals. Recently, the Ninth Circuit in United States v. Ocampo-Estrada vacated a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence that was imposed… Read More

Gang Initiation Turns Deadly

A case that got appealed to the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia following a conviction for second-degree murder has been overturned in the defendant’s favor because the prosecutor made an interesting mistake: He got the law wrong. The case began in Germany, when ex-military member Rico Williams, who had stayed abroad to be… Read More