2023 Updates to USSG Guidelines: Expanded Compassionate Release and Safety Valve Provisions

Recent Amendments to the USSG Guidelines The United States Sentencing Commission (USSG) has implemented pivotal changes to its Federal Sentencing Guidelines, effective November 1, 2023. These amendments reflect a commitment to the principles of the First Step Act, aiming to make sentencing fairer and more responsive to individual circumstances. Among the notable revisions are the… Read More

Federal Charges Against Marijuana Use

When Attorney General Sessions began advocating for more rigorous enforcement of marijuana use, federal prosecution began to enforce cases involving marijuana use much more strictly. This shift occurred when Attorney General Sessions rescinded the Obama-era memo that allowed federal prosecution in states where marijuana is legal. In states where recreational use of marijuana is still… Read More

Why Is My Crime a Federal Offense?

Here in the U.S., most of us live under multiple governmental jurisdictions (local, state and federal), and most crimes are prosecuted in either state or federal court. This can be confusing for the defendant charged with a federal crime. What, exactly, makes your crime a federal offense, rather than a local or state offense? The… Read More

What Is Mortgage Fraud?

In the eyes of the law, mortgage fraud refers broadly to the act of providing false or misleading information on mortgage documents for the purpose of closing real estate transactions that would not go through otherwise. Mortgage loans are complex transactions requiring many qualifications and involving many documents, and often lenders or borrowers attempt to… Read More