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Criminal law charging and sentencing particulars in the federal realm merit pronounced emphasis in any defense firm’s blog posts, and we unquestionably give them due regard at the Bay Area Law Offices of John W. Noonan.

We defend diverse clients against a wide universe of federal charges, noting some common ground that routinely attaches to all of them.

First, the filing of federal charges is almost always preceded by painstaking background investigative work. Federal task forces and prosecutors have flatly deep pockets and seemingly inexhaustible resources to work with.

Many California individuals involved with the criminal justice system find out quickly that outcomes can differ starkly based on whether they are facing a state or federal offense.

We succinctly note on our defense website at the Bay Area Law Offices of John W. Noonan that “there is a world of difference between federal and state criminal charges.” The latter challenge is unquestionably daunting in every instance, but is often far surpassed by the harsh consequences attached to a federal conviction.

Proven defense lawyers who routinely represent clients in both state and federal courts know that intimately well. So too, though, do district attorneys and prosecutors focused on securing the most stringent sentencing outcomes possible. That goal is often secured by steering a criminal matter away from state court and into a federal venue.

It’s not hard to see where considerable time and effort is being expended in federal criminal investigations these days. Simply following what seems to be a clear money trail leads straight to the source.

That mother lode is at the intersection of drug crimes and health care fraud. When government officials and law enforcers issue announcements concerning investigative efforts targeting crime, they frequently allude to both subjects these days. And, in a prominent way, alleged wrongdoing concerning drug-linked activity increasingly ties in with accusations of criminal fraud.

Take U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ highly publicized comments of last Thursday, for example, when he spotlighted the nation’s opioid epidemic and massive fraud on the public in the same briefing. The AG noted the results of a recent federal sting targeting medical billing irregularities and a ramped-up initiative to put more people behind bars on drug charges.

The Law Offices of John W. Noonan has advocated diligently for decades on behalf of defendants from California and nationally facing federal criminal charges.

We note on a relevant page of our website that it’s essentially a different game when it comes to alleged federal criminal activity. Investigatory teams are comparatively well-heeled when it comes to funding and resources. And federal sentencing guidelines frequently result in notably harsh outcomes for convicted individuals than can far surpass the penalties doled out in state matters.

“Simply put,” we stress on our site, “there is a world of difference between federal and state criminal charges.”

Saying that the federal government “has borne substantial costs as a result of the opioid crisis,” high-ranking regulators have signaled a new focus in their response to the problem.

And it has — at least figuratively — put a bulls-eye on the backs of executives who run the country’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Those entities are centrally implicated in the mass addictions plaguing the country, says U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and they will now feel the sting of ever-tightening bureaucratic controls.

Sessions vows to take big-pharma firms to court in pursuit of both criminal and civil penalties that he says are owed American taxpayers for dire results reaped from the “false, deceptive and unfair marketing of opioid drugs.”

How can you come to a conclusion regarding any social experiment without first seeking to understand it through objective analysis?

The Editorial Board of The Washington Post implicitly asks that question in the wake of a government mandate recently issued by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Many of our California readers likely noted the attorney general’s dictate last week that eliminated a prior understanding between federal law enforcers and states that have legalized marijuana. California is now one of those.

We note on our criminal defense website at The Law Offices of John W. Noonan in Dublin the many enforcement probes these days of government investigators focused on alleged white collar criminal activity.

That realm comprises a broad universe. And it centrally includes a fraud component that regulators are especially interested in, namely, tax evasion.

Where that is concerned, the acronym linked with one specific agency comes quickly to mind for many people.

We submit in today’s blog post that even some people who disagree with the recent ruling of a U.S. federal appellate court regarding warrants and the suppression of evidence can understand the court’s reasoning and its rationale for ruling against the government.

In the case before the tribunal, it was uncontested that a criminal suspect was seen tossing a gun out of an apartment window as police were about to enter the abode pursuant to a search warrant. Authorities used that evidence to convict the man on a criminal weapons charge.

Unfortunately for the government, the charge did not stick, with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruling in a 2-1 decision that, because the search warrant was defective, any resulting evidence tying back to it could not be used in court.

As duly noted in an online overview of tax-focused subject matter, the Internal Revenue Service understands that the federal tax code and attendant rules “are difficult for most people to decipher.”

Candidly, that admission is well warranted, states that primer, given the reported 17% of taxfilers across the country who annually “fail to comply with the tax code in some way.”

No American taxpayer needs to be told that the U.S. tax realm is a complex universe that routinely breeds headaches and high-stress episodes for filers.

Persons who take more than a passing interest in criminal law matters — as we know our readers in Alameda County and across California do — are certainly aware that law enforcers now deem white collar crime to be a focal point of highest concern.

We stressed that in a recent blog post, noting in our June 9 entry that “white collar probes have been on the front burner for state and federal agents and task forces over the past several years.” We additionally stated therein that heightened regulatory and enforcement scrutiny, coupled with related probes aimed at convictions and harsh penalties in this singular area of law, “will likely continue unabated” in the future.

It didn’t take long in the wake of that post for those expressed views to be borne out. A recent media report terming federal enforcers’ efforts to prosecute health care fraud as a “national priority” points to a recently concluded probe into alleged fraudulent Medicare billings that was reportedly the “largest-ever enforcement action” undertaken by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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