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

What Is A Discretionary Appeal

What Is a Discretionary Appeal?

Discretionary appeals refer to a type of appeal in which an appellate court has the power to determine whether an appeal will be reviewed by the court. These appeals offer appellate courts, which have very busy schedules, an option to decide which issues are heard. As a result of discretionary appeals, appellate courts are able… Read More