Part I of this book describes how the federal guideline system works and how prosecutors, the police, and in some cases even unscrupulous lawyers, all twist it to their advantage. Part I also contains all the specific guideline information needed for drug cases, including aggravating and mitigating factors.
If you are concerned with a federal case involving marijuana, cocaine, heroine, methamphetamine, or any other drugs or chemicals used to manufacture drugs, you should find everything you need in Part I. Part I also explains the process that most defendants go through, and the tricks and lies that defendants are exposed to. Every defendant should read Part I.
Selected contents from Part I:
- Sentencing Guidelines Basic Procedure
- Statutory Sentence Ranges
- Statutory Penalties For Drug Crimes
- The Importance of an Allegation of Prior Felony Convictions
- Drug Quantity & Equivalency Tables
- Calculating Your Sentence Guidelines
- Drug cases (with quantity and equivalency tables)
- Guns and drugs
- Aggravating And Mitigating Factors
- Acceptance Of Responsibility
- The Safety Valve
- 5K1.1 Letters
- Conspiracies And Relevant Conduct
- Criminal History
- Sentencing Tables & Computations
- Plea Bargaining Facts & Strategies
- Appointed Lawyers or Your Own Lawyer
- Rule 11
- P.S.I. Reports
- Booker/Fanfan and the Advisory Nature of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
- Appeals And Writs
Part II of this book contains lots of essential information that federal defendants really need to know. The Table of Contents for Part II (see selections below) will show which chapters are most important for you. Some of the material in Part II will be important to almost all defendants; other material will only interest a few.
Selected contents from Part II:
- Going To Prison And Your Legal Papers
- Personal Property
- What Prison Will You Go To?
- Offense Severity Scale
- Federal Prisons And Prison Camps
- Federal Bureau Of Prisons Offices and Facilities
- Community Corrections Management Offices
- Witness Protection Units
- Mailing Addresses For Inmates In Federal Prisons
- Regional Maps Of The B.O.P.
- Sending Money to an Inmate
- Computers In The B.O.P.
- Probation And Supervised Release Violations
- Collateral Consequences
- Immigration And Deportation
- Treaty Transfer Prisoners
Part III contains all of the guidelines for other federal crimes: those that aren't drug offenses. Many have been combined into tables according to the major categories of crime in order to make them easier for the average person to understand.
Although the tables do vary somewhat, in general all that is necessary to find a specific guideline is to go to the appropriate table; find the specific crime (or category of crime) that you are looking for; start with the base level for that crime, and follow the row across the table to add or subtract levels for each aggravating or mitigating factor that applies to the specific case on which you are working.
Selected contents from Part III:
(guideline tables and charts)
- Instructions For The Sentencing Guideline Charts
- Offenses Against The Person
- Basic Economic Offenses:
- Theft, Embezzlement, Fraud
- Burglary, Robbery, Extortion, Blackmail, etc.
- Offenses Involving Public Officials
- Special Enhancements Specific To Drug Offenses
- Criminal Enterprises And Racketeering
- Commercial Sex Acts, Obscenity, etc. Offenses
- Individual Rights Offenses
- Administration Of Justice Offenses
- Immigration, Naturalization and Passport Offenses
- Prisons Offenses
- Environment Offenses
- Antitrust Offenses
- Money Laundering and Similar Offenses
- Offenses Involving Taxation
- Fines For Individual Defendants
- Notes For The Drug Quantity Tables
- Multiple Counts
- Amendments To The Guidelines
Part IV contains several fascinating true stories. These are all case histories from actual cases the author has worked on. We include them as examples of what is actually occurring in the federal law enforcement world today.
Once again Busted tells it like it is. These stories are a curious blend of outrageous injustice and legal ineptitude bordering on farce. They serve to underscore how the system works now and how it leaves itself open to misuse and they highlight the desperate need for defendants to be well informed.
Selected true stories from Part IV:
- Serving Time For Soy Sauce
- The Disappearing Plea Agreement
- 6 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 3
- A Christmas Story
- A Modern Trial by Fire