Busted by the Feds


Busted by the Feds
500 pages soft cover.


If you are Busted by the Feds

  • A Defense Lawyer working within the federal justice system ...

  • A Defendant facing ANY federal charges ...

  • An Inmate considering an appeal or motion before the courts ...

  • A relative or friend of an Accused Person, a Convicted Person or Inmate ...

  • An Academic or Law Student or anyone researching the sociological effects of our court system and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines ...

You need Busted by the Feds

"... answers any question that a criminal defense attorney could have ... and ... answers those same questions for the defendant in plain and simple language. ... an excellent guide for any attorney regardless of their experience ... every criminal defense attorney should have this book"
Stanton Bloom,
Criminal defense attorney, Tucson, Arizona
[Read the full review here]
Read also "How Busted Helped Me", a real life defendant relates his encounter with 'the minefield of justice' (his words).

Busted By The Feds, the new FIFTEENTH EDITION, Empower, Educate, Advocate

Great News for Public Defenders

Click here to see how you can get 15% discount off the retail price for Busted By The Feds and Como Defender Tus Cargos Federales!

And now this year, with this new edition, click here to see how we have extended the same discount to Panel Attorneys (private attorneys appointed by the Court).

The new 2015 15th Edition is now available! It continues to serve defendants arrested on federal charges. Busted by the Feds is the gold standard for technical information, points about the law and clear communication par excellence. It's about time to give hope and reunite families. Defendants as well as their families, loved ones, attorneys and ordinary citizens should read this book.

This is the most important book ever written for the Federal defendant. Busted by the Feds is the classic source for the help you need with your defense. It covers everything from the time of your arrest, through bail, plea bargaining, going to trial or pleading out, and sentencing. It also includes essential material on the Bureau of Prisons policies that will affect you if you are eventually incarcerated.

Busted also includes the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for all federal offenses. Plus in depth explanations of how the guidelines work in specific cases: the base offense levels, as well as aggravating and mitigating factors and possible upward or downward departures. Finally, there is extensive consideration of the now-advisory nature of the Guidelines since the Booker decision in 2005 and the subsequent decisions by the Supreme Court in Rita, Kimbrough, Gall and Nelson. These subjects, which can be of great importance in obtaining a lesser sentence, are explained in a clear and easy-to-understand way.

The Booker chapter contains several new examples under More Practical Advice, of areas where a downward variation can be obtained in specific cases.

This year has seen extraordinary changes reducing the penalties for all controlled substance, and as a result, the Drug Quantity Tables and Chemical Quantity Tables have been updated to reflect those changes.

The new Fifteenth Edition contains the most up-to-date information, including the new sentencing guidelines and the November 2014 amendments to the guidelines. It also contains a new chapter: Retroactive Application of the New Controlled Substance Guidelines.

And it contains updates to previous chapters on changes in the Justice Department's policy towards mandatory minimums and prior felony informations in drug cases; and to the chapter Two Important Bills in Congress, which promise potentially big changes to mandatory minimums; as well as to the chapter on the Bureau of Prisons' Compassionate Release Program.

There is an extensive rewrite of the chapter Supervised Release and two new court cases on supervised release have been added to the Appendix. There is also significant new information added to the chapter on waivers of rights in plea agreements and the latest Justice Department policy changes in this area (which are beneficial to defendants).

Finally, the Afterword has been completely rewritten (for the first time in 7 years) to reflect the many changes that have occurred in the Justice Department, Congress, and Supreme Court in the area of criminal law.

2014 has seen by far and away the most numerous and significant changes in criminal law in the last ten years, and Busted By The Feds is your resource to understand these changes.

If you are a defendant or the family member of a defendant, or a defense lawyer in the federal system, you need this book. Continue through this site to see the wealth of material Busted contains and the new information in this Fifteenth Edition.


  • The 600 pages of Federal Sentencing Guidelines summarized in easy to read tables
  • A comprehensive index for finding exactly the information you need (expanded in new 15th edition)
  • An in-depth chapter on Booker/Fanfan, and the implications for possible sentence reductions
  • Chapters on Crack Cocaine Laws, Plea Agreements, Computers in the B.O.P., and Early Termination of Supervised Release
  • Case studies and real life examples
  • Easy instructions for calculating a likely sentence on ANY Federal charge, with all the mitigating and aggravating factors
  • Guidance on when to cop a plea and when to fight the charge
  • Advice on how to choose and instruct defense counsel
  • Information on post-sentencing appeals, motions and writs
  • How to send money to an inmate
  • .... and much more!

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