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The projected release date of the 2023 edition of the DFCC is in 2023!  More updates to follow…


The DFCC was first published by Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. in 1980. In its original format, it featured thirteen chapters. The 2001 edition featured twenty-one chapters, covering all aspects federal criminal practice. For the first time in 2010, Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., partnered with federal defender offices across the nation to draft the most exhaustive edition. The 2016 edition features updates to every chapter and critical information on emerging and changing areas of federal criminal practice. 

Contributions to our newest edition come from Federal Defenders, Assistant Federal Defenders, CJA counsel, and Capital Resource Counsel. Our writers and editors have extensive federal criminal court experience and have toiled long and hard to create a comprehensive and authoritative guide to federal practice that captures their collective experiences.

We hope that the 2016 edition of the DFCC will continue to serve as an extensive practice guide for new federal criminal lawyers. Our audience includes CJA practitioners with questions on a particular aspect of criminal law or practice as well as newer federal public defenders looking for a useful reference guide as they start out. As such, we envision the 2016 DFCC as a practitioner’s tool providing: a comprehensive, yet concise, statement of the legal issues addressed and insiders’ tips on how lawyers should navigate a case on particular legal issues (e.g., what to watch out for, pitfalls to avoid, what to follow-up on, and what the “hot button” issues are in a particular area). The 2016 DFCC does not read like a law review article or treatise on federal criminal practice. It is a practice guide from a clearly defense-oriented perspective.

Topics include: Special Considerations in Representing Noncitizen Defendants, Federal Firearms Offenses, International and Foreign Law, Crime in Indian Country, Federal Sex Offenses, Common Constitutional Issues that Arise During Trial, International Border-Crossing Offenses, Mental Health Issues in Federal Criminal Practice, Plea Agreements, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and more. The 2010 edition of the DFCC sold-out, so don’t miss out on your opportunity to own the most up-to-date guide on federal criminal practice!

Order your copy online today!

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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.