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Federal Crimes Defense Lawyer

All federal offenses should be taken very seriously.  There are dozens of crimes that are classified as “federal” offenses.  These crimes are not tried in a state court by prosecutors from the district attorney’s office.  Federal prosecutors from the US Attorney’s Office are responsible for prosecuting federal cases. It is very important that your attorney is seasoned and well versed with federal procedure and protocol. Very few lawyers and law firms are as experienced as THE LAW OFFICES OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES with both federal and state criminal procedure and protocol. 
If you have been charged with a federal offense, time is of the essence.  Many cases should be negotiated pre indictment to take advantage of helpful procedures such as “Safety Valve” and “Fast Track”. These procedures will allow for a decreased sentence range under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.  If you fail to take advantage of these procedures early on, you will most likely suffer a greater sentence and ultimately serve more time in federal prison. THE LAW OFFICES OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES aggressively seeks to preserve and utilize both Safety Valve and Fast Track procedures for his clients to ensure a reduced sentence for those cases where a negotiated plea is favorable to proceeding to trial.
If you have been charged with any of the following crimes listed below, THE LAW OFFICES OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES will be able to offer you aggressive, experienced and dedicated representation:

  • Drug Trafficing
  • Immigration violations
  • Bank fraud
  • Social security fraud
  • Terrorism
  • General drug crimes
  • Wire fraud
  • Bank robbery
  • Certain weapon crimes

Do not delay! The sooner you speak with THE LAW OFFICES OF CASTILLO & ASSOCIATES, the sooner you can get the help that you need to defend yourself against whatever charges you face. Let Mr. Castillo  and his legal team use their knowledge and experience in federal court to provide you with a fighting chance for success.

 
Recent Case Results
Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
The Offense Level (1-43) forms the vertical axis of the Sentencing Table. The Criminal History Category (I-VI) forms the horizontal axis of the Table. The intersection of the Offense Level and Criminal History Category displays the Guideline Range in months of imprisonment. "Life" means life imprisonment. For example, the guideline range applicable to a defendant with an Offense Level of 15 and a Criminal History Category of III is 24–30 months of imprisonment.


Offense Zone

Criminal History Category (Criminal History Points)

I
(0 or 1)

II
(2 or 3)

III
(4,5,6)

IV
(7,8,9)

V
(10,11,12)

VI
(13 or more)

A

1

0-6

0-6

0-6

0-6

0-6

0-6

2

0-6

0-6

0-6

0-6

0-6

1-7

3

0-6

0-6

0-6

0-6

2-8

3-9

4

0-6

0-6

0-6

2-8

4-10

6-12

5

0-6

0-6

1-7

4-10

6-12

9-15

6

0-6

1-7

2-8

6-12

9-15

12-18

7

0-6

2-8

4-10

8-14

12-18

15-21

8

0-6

4-10

6-12

10-16

15-21

18-24

B

9

4-10

6-12

8-14

12-18

18-24

21-27

10

6-12

8-14

10-16

15-21

21-27

24-30

C

11

8-14

10-16

12-18

18-24

24-30

27-33

12

10-16

12-18

15-21

21-27

27-33

30-37

D

13

12-18

15-21

18-24

24-30

30-37

33-41

14

15-21

18-24

21-27

27-33

33-41

37-46

15

18-24

21-27

24-30

30-37

37-46

41-51

16

21-27

24-30

27-33

33-41

41-51

46-57

17

24-30

27-33

30-37

37-46

46-57

51-63

18

27-33

30-37

33-41

41-51

51-63

57-71

19

30-37

33-41

37-46

46-57

57-71

63-78

20

33-41

37-46

41-51

51-63

63-78

70-87

21

37-46

41-51

46-57

57-71

70-87

77-96

22

41-51

46-57

51-63

63-78

77-96

84-105

23

46-57

51-63

57-71

70-87

84-105

92-115

24

51-63

57-71

63-78

77-96

92-115

100-125

25

57-71

63-78

70-87

84-105

100-125

110-137

26

63-78

70-87

78-97

92-115

110-137

120-150

27

70-87

78-97

87-108

100-125

120-150

130-162

28

78-97

87-108

97-121

110-137

130-162

140-175

29

87-108

97-121

108-135

121-151

140-175

151-188

30

97-121

108-135

121-151

135-168

151-188

168-210

31

108-135

121-151

135-168

151-188

168-210

188-235

32

121-151

135-168

151-188

168-210

188-235

210-262

33

135-168

151-188

168-210

188-235

210-262

235-293

34

151-188

168-210

188-235

210-262

235-293

262-327

35

168-210

188-235

210-262

235-293

262-327

292-365

36

188-235

210-262

235-293

262-327

292-365

324-405

37

210-262

235-293

262-327

292-365

324-405

360-life

38

235-293

262-327

292-365

324-405

360-life

360-life

39

262-327

292-365

324-405

360-life

360-life

360-life

40

292-365

324-405

360-life

360-life

360-life

360-life

41

324-405

360-life

360-life

360-life

360-life

360-life

42

360-life

360-life

360-life

360-life

360-life

360-life

43

life

life

life

life

life

life

 

Federal Court Fines

For individuals, the fine table is as follows:

Offense level

Minimum

Maximum

3 and below

$100.00

$5,000.00

4-5

$250.00

$5,000.00

6-7

$500.00

$5,000.00

8-9

$1,000.00

$10,000.00

10-11

$2,000.00

$20,000.00

12-13

$3,000.00

$30,000.00

14-15

$4,000.00

$40,000.00

16-17

$5,000.00

$50,000.00

18-19

$6,000.00

$60,000.00

20-22

$7,500.00

$75,000.00

23-25

$10,000.00

$100,000.00

26-28

$12,500.00

$125,000.00

29-31

$15,000.00

$150,000.00

32-34

$17,500.00

$175,000.00

35-37

$20,000.00

$200,000.00

38 and above

$25,000.00

$250,000.00


The Guidelines state that the court can impose a fine above the maximum set out in the table if the defendant is convicted under a statute authorizing a maximum fine greater than $250,000, or a fine for each day of violation. The court can waive the fine if the defendant is unlikely to be able to pay or if the fine would unduly burden the defendant's dependents; however, the Guidelines state that the court must still impose a total combined sanction that is punitive.

Probation and supervised release

The Guidelines state that the term of probation shall be at least one year but not more than five years if the offense level is 6 or greater, and no more than three years in any other case. The Guidelines provide that the term of supervised release under U.S. federal law shall be at least three years but not more than five years for a defendant convicted of a Class A or B felony; at least two years but not more than three years for a defendant convicted of a Class C or D felony; and one year for a defendant convicted of a Class E felony or a Class A misdemeanor. However, a life term of supervised release may be imposed for any offense listed in 18 U.S.C. § 2332b(g)(5)(B), the commission of which resulted in, or created a foreseeable risk of, death or serious bodily injury to another person; or a sex offense. Supervised release is recommended by the Guidelines for most offenders who are serving a prison sentence of more than a year.

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