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A Closer Look at First Step Act Changes to 851 Enhancements

The First Step Act is a criminal justice reform bill that has passed the House of Representatives and is awaiting a vote in the Senate. It has been endorsed by President Trump.

The bill covers lots of subjects but one important one is changes to enhancements for repeat drug offenders. Defense lawyers and federal prosecutors often refer to these as “851 enhancements” after the code section that sets forth the procedures for imposing them.

As the law stands now a defendant convicted of a 10 year minimum federal drug offense with at least one felony drug prior can have his … Read More »



Defending prescription drug cases in the federal courts

The dramatic increase in narcotic pain medication prescriptions in the United States over the last twenty some years has resulted in a thriving black market for these highly addictive drugs. Prescription pain medications that are frequently abused include oxycontin or oxycodone, roxycodone, percocet, actiq, dilaudid, and many others. Law enforcement has responded by aggressively investigating and prosecuting prescription drug cases. If you are reading this page, perhaps you are concerned that yourself or someone you know may be investigated or charged for a crime involving prescription fraud. What should you know about these kinds of cases?

Where these cases come … Read More »