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Federal Criminal Practice
Pretrial release strategies, alternatives to prosecution, discovery angles, plea bargaining and agreement suggestions, sentence negotiation tactics, recent case-based examples, dozens of pretrial motions with memoranda, hundreds of practice tips, and much more.
by Barry Boss, Ed Marek, Jeffrey Rutherford, and Michael Proctor
- Revision 8
Federal Criminal Tactics & Tools
U.S. Attorneys’ offices have become more aggressive. Prosecutors are more frequently refusing to produce witness statements before a detention hearing or loading the proffer letter with exceptions. Combat many of these changes by employing tips, arguments, and forms in Federal Criminal Practice.
The latest update to Federal Criminal Practice contains new and revised text in 10 chapters, including 65 new citations to authority. You will have a better grasp of:
- Grand jury proceedings and how to avoid and defend contempt charges
- Duration, specification, and release of confinement
- First response documents when responding to a subpoena
- Nature of the First Amendment and Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)
In addition, this helpful guide provides pretrial release strategies, alternatives to prosecution, discovery angles, plea bargaining and agreement suggestions, sentence negotiation tactics, recent case-based examples, dozens of pretrial motions with memoranda, and hundreds of practice tips. Order your copy of Federal Criminal Practice today.
Pretrial release strategies, alternatives to prosecution, discovery angles, plea bargaining and agreement suggestions, sentence negotiation tactics, recent case-based examples, dozens of pretrial motions with memoranda, and hundreds of practice tips. Federal Criminal Practice is loaded with valuable advice like this:
Pretrial Release or Detention
“Be creative in recommending conditions of release for your client. When both flight and danger to the community are concerns of the court or prosecutor, consider having your client….” §4:15
“If the defendant is ordered released in the criminal case but remains detained because of an ICE or other detainer or because the other agency takes the defendant into custody, the defendant will not automatically receive credit for time served. File a motion to modify the conditions of release and to impose a nominal financial bond. In that circumstance, the defendant will be held because of his failure to post the bond and will continue to receive credit towards any ultimate sentence of imprisonment.” §4:32
Alternatives to Prosecution
“Over the years, federal prosecutors have carved out more and more exceptions in the form proffer letter, and these exceptions result in the client actually receiving very limited protection. For example, the government can use the statements not only to impeach your client’s testimony at trial, but also to refute any defense evidence that is offered during your case-in-chief. In light of these provisions, you should not proceed with a proffer session if a pretrial resolution of the case is unlikely.” §7:46.2
Indictment and Information
“When a count of an indictment fails to allege an essential element, move to dismiss rather moving for a bill of particulars. The government may not use a bill of particulars to cure an indictment lacking an essential element. File the motion to dismiss prior to trial.” §9:35.2
“The government will often argue that any multiplicity can be cured at the time of sentencing, through merger, i.e., the defendant can be sentenced concurrently on the multiplicitous counts to avoid any incremental punishment. However, the error does not become harmless to the defendant simply because the sentences are ordered to run concurrent to one another. The presence of multiple convictions may….” §9:69
Federal Criminal Practice includes (1) tips for success learned in the trenches, (2) arguments supported with over 1,500 recent cases, (3) traps to avoid, and (4) 51 custom-drafted forms proven in practice.
Dozens of motions, including:
- Modification of conditions of release to permit travel. Form 4A
- 3 motions to dismiss count. Form 9A, B, D
- Compel election between multiplicitous counts. Form 9C
- Relief from misjoinder. Form 9E
- Sever defendants. Form 9F
- Dismiss for violation of the Speedy Trial Act. Form 9G
- Early disclosure of Jencks and Brady/Giglio material. Form 10E
- Specific performance of plea agreement, with defendant’s reply. Forms 13E&F
- Attorney participation in voir dire. Form 14A
- Introduction of evidence during the government’s case-in-chief. Form 14C
The strategies, arguments, cases, and forms inside Federal Criminal Practice are truly welcomed additions to your library.
Chapter 1: General Principles
Chapter 2: Bringing Defendant Before the Court
Chapter 3: Initial Appearance and Choice of Counsel
Chapter 4: Pretrial Release or Detention
Chapter 5: Removal Proceedings
Chapter 6: Preliminary Examination
Chapter 7: Alternatives to Prosecution
Chapter 8: Grand Jury Proceedings
Chapter 9: Indictment and Information
Chapter 10: Pretrial Discovery
Chapter 11: Pretrial Motions and Notice of Defenses
Chapter 12: Pleas
Chapter 13: Guilty Plea Agreements and Plea Bargaining
Chapter 14: Trial
Chapter 15: Sentencing
Chapter 16: Termination, Modification and Revocation of Probation and Supervised Release
Barry Boss is a member of Cozen O’Connor and the managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office. He concentrates his practice in complex criminal matters, focusing on white-collar crime. Mr. Boss served as Assistant Federal Public Defender in Washington, D.C. between 1995 and 2000. He is the former co-chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s Practitioners Advisory Group. He is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School, and has been a featured speaker at seminars around the country. In 2006, he became a Fellow in the American Board of Criminal Lawyers.
Edward F. Marek was the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Ohio from 1973 to 1994. Prior to becoming Federal Public Defender, he served in the Department of Justice and as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Mr. Marek was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure from 1987 to 1993. He has taught evidence and criminal procedure as a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law since 1972. He is in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jeffrey H. Rutherford is a partner with the Los Angeles office of Crowell & Moring LLP, where he is a member of the firm’s White Collar & Securities Litigation Group. An experienced trial lawyer who specializes in white collar criminal defense, Mr. Rutherford also handles criminal appeals, grand jury investigations, and parallel administrative and enforcement proceedings. Mr. Rutherford served as a Deputy Federal Public Defender in the Central District of California between 1999 and 2004. He also taught trial advocacy at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and has been a featured speaker and faculty member at seminars on complex criminal litigation and law and technology.
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