Downward Departures in Federal Criminal Cases

There are a lot of cases that are prosecuted at the national border.  I had a client who had young children, no criminal record, and was just a mule but had a lot of drugs in her possession.  So, she was looking at the 10-year mandatory minimum because it's a federal crime drug case, and the number of medications she had easily hit the national minimum.

We ended up getting a 24-month sentence which is an incredible sentence when you're talking about that many drugs, but some of the things that we utilized were near the San Diego border. There's a fast-track available for defendants. Because of her kid, she also had family circumstances; she had a good job.  And I think what breathed life into her story was that she had a strict upbringing, and she was just trying to do this to make her life better and her kids' lives better.

So, if you've got a good story that makes sense, even if the feds have you, there are mitigating factors. They call them downward departures in federal criminal defense, where we can go below the 10-year mandatory minimum.

We can use such things as a safety valve and several other angles that can be utilized to avoid that 10-year mandatory minimum for a federal drug case. That would be served 85% of the time because it's federal.

So, we just need to look at what happened in your case — whether the evidence against you is good because if they don't have good evidence or they illegally searched you or illegally wiretapped you, there are motions we can file to try get rid of the case.

Avoiding the 10-Year Mandatory Minimum Sentence

But, if we have a scenario where they've gone things the right way and have the goods on you, that doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a 10-years sentence or more.  There are ways to get around that 10-year sentence.

There are ways to salvage your life still, keep you out of federal prison for an extended period. Still, you will have to be completely honest with an attorney like me who has been doing this now for 26 years, handling federal criminal cases — specifically federal drug cases, RICO charges are over the nation.

Federal Criminal Lawyer

I know what it takes to be successful.  I know what it takes to win the case.  When it's a scenario where we're not going to be able to defeat the case ultimately, we can certainly do damage control and get you the best possible result for your federal criminal drug case, including bail and pretrial release.

Pick up the phone.  Make the call.  Ask to set up a meeting with me, Ron Hedding, so we can go over all of the facts and details of your situation and see which angle is going to work for you and see what it is going to take to get you out of the criminal federal justice system as fast as possible. Hedding Law Firm is a Los Angeles criminal defense law firm and offers a free case consultation. 

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