Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. takes great pride in our outstanding advocacy for our clients before the trial courts as well as on appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Recent appellate successes of FDSDI attorneys include:
United States v. Lopez, 998 F.3d 431, 433 (9th Cir. 2021). The Ninth Circuit held, as a matter of first impression, that an individual is barred from safety valve relief under § 3553(f)(1) only if the individual has (A) more than four criminal-history points, (B) a prior three-point offense, and (C) a prior two-point violent offense. In other words, “§ 3553(f)(1)’s ‘and’ is unambiguously conjunctive. Put another way, we hold that ‘and’ means ‘and.’”
Members of the Federal Defenders team share a commitment to excellence and a passion for justice in representing indigent people accused of myriad federal criminal offenses. We combine hard work, constant training and intense dedication in the defense of each of our clients.