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Southern District of Claifornia's Top Federal Defense Attorneys

CA's best crimindal defense attorneys at Edward J. Schwartz & James M. Carter & Judith N. Keep court houses.

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Aggressive Defense Strategies

By hiring one of our attorneys early on in the process, we may present evidence to the AUSA's office that was ignored or overlooked by the investigating agency. This early intervention can be critical in terms of the case's outcome.

A Team That Has Your Back

At The H Law Group, our Federal Criminal Defense lawyers explore every potential defense for our clients. The first and most important step we take is understanding your side of the story.

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H Law Group is staffed with battle-hardened attorneys and former prosecutors possessing the inside experience needed to secure the best possible results for your case. We won't leave a stone unturned.

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Before You Ask...

It is essential to understand how a federal case works before you decide to hire an attorney. Here are a couple of common questions we get.

How Do Federal Charges Work?
How Federal Bail/Bond works
What to Expect at the First Appearance in Federal Court
What act is bail in federal court controlled by?
What are presumption cases and what crimes apply?
What is the United States Pretrial Services, and who is its representative (the USPS officer)?

How Federal Court Works in San Diego, California.

A generic ovierview of how federal court case work and what you can expect. If you have further questions, we encourage you to check out our Federal Information Center or speak with one of our attorneys.

Part 1. Bail From Western Region Detention Facility

Usually, the judge sets bail at an arraignment hearing. The arraignment could be up to seventy-two hours after an arrest. The primary bail factors are the severity of the offense and the defendant’s criminal record.

Moreover, a federal Pretrial Services Officer usually plays a part in this hearing. PSOs usually make at least informal recommendations as to bail amount.


Part  2. Arraignment / First Court Appearance

At the defendant's first appearance, a defendant appears before a federal magistrate judge. This magistrate judge will preside over the first two or three appearances, but the case will ultimately be referred to a federal district court judge (more on district judges below).

The magistrate judge informs the defendant of the charges and the statutory maximum sentence. The “statutory maximum” is the most jailtime that a defendant can receive -- it is rarely the actual sentence that is given.


Part  3. Trial

A small proportion of federal cases go to trial. The typical federal trial involving appointed counsel lasts two to three days to a week. At the trial, the defendant has the right to testify – or to not testify, and if he or she does not testify, that cannot be held against the defendant by the jury. The defendant also has the right to "confront" (i.e., cross-examine) government witnesses, and can use the subpoena power of the court to secure evidence or witnesses for trial.


Part  4. Sentencing

At the sentencing hearing, the district court judge must resolve any remaining objections to the PSR, make factual findings, and must consider the factors of the key sentencing statute, 18 USC § 3553(a). Among the factors that the court must consider are the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. In addition to a custodial sentence, the court will also decide how much restitution is owed, and whether a criminal fine is appropriate.

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Why H Law Group

At our core, H Law Group is made up of people who care about others. Over the last ten years, we have built an all-star team of lawyers with extensive experience defending Federal Case's. We deliver California's highest-rated Federal defense using our experience, massive resources, and court relationships.

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Our motto is that we treat our clients like family. That means there isn't a stone left unturned in our pursuit to diminish the impact a case like this can have on your life.

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Federal Drug Trafficking

Penalties for a federal drug trafficking conviction are determined by the amount of drugs involved, whether injury or death have occurred as a result of the use of the controlled substance, and certain other circumstances. Possible penalties range from 5 years to life in prison and a $5 million to $20 million fine

Federal Kidnapping

18 U.S.C. § 1201 provides the legal definition of the federal crime of kidnapping: Anyone who unlawfully seizes, confines, decoys, kidnaps, abducts, or carries away and holds for ransom or reward or otherwise any person, except in the case of a minor by the parent thereof.

Federal Immigration Crimes

Encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.

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Common Federal Charges

Although there are a plethora of ways the government can charge an individual, here are standard charges we defend against.

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Six Benefits of H Law Group


H Law Group has fantastic relationships with San Diego court staff and prosecutors.


Our clients love us because of the excellent quality of service and the amazing results.


Our team of attorneys is available 24/7. Our dedicated attorneys are here to help you.


Most of the attorneys, paralegals, and staff at H Law Group are multilingual.


The attorneys at H Law Group have extensive experience fighting for their clients.


For Federal cases, there are 100+ defenses that we can use to prove that you're not guilty.

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The highest rated and most reviewed Federal and criminal defense firm in Los Angeles.

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Domestic Violence Case
"I met with a few attorneys when I got my fed charge and chose this law firm. Jeff was pretty straght forward and to the point. He broke down the way he thought my case was going to work out and surprisingly it turned out the exact way that he said it would. My case was dropped down to a deffered and my fines were dropped. Save yourself the time and just call H law group."
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Domestic Violence Charge
"The H Law Group and their team completely removed the stress and hassle of dealing with the courts and everything else related to the my charge.  They were able to have my charge reduced, and the whole thing went relatively quick, court-wise.  

I was really happen with the result, and would recommend to anyone dealing with a Federal Case."
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Eduard F
Criminal Charge
"I was referred to this law office through my friends on facebook. I posted and asked for help and two people both recommended H. I checked out their reviews and set up a consultation and hired the firm.
My case was dismissed. I don't know how they got it dismissed but they got my case dismissed. the best criminal defense lawyers in Los Angeles."
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Adrian F
Criminal Charge
"Nima and his team really helped me get through this process quickly. Everyone was very professional and went through every detail with me. THANK YOU, GUYS."
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