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Defending a Federal Criminal Case - Three-volume, hard-bound 2010 edition is SOLD OUT.

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 yet. The 2010 edition features over thirty chapters with contributions from nearly one hundred writers.

The experience levels of our writers is as broad and deep as the topics we cover. Contributing writers include: Federal Defenders, Assistant Federal Defenders, Capital Resource Counsel, CJA attorneys and law school professors. 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 2010 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 2010 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 2010 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.


This three-volume, hard-bound edition was written by Federal Defenders, Assistant Federal Defenders, Criminal Justice Act Attorneys, and other experienced federal court practitioners from across the country.

It covers many of the traditional DFCC topics federal defense lawyers have come to rely on, from the Bail Reform Act to Prosecutorial Misconduct, from Jury Selection to Challenging Illegal Searches and Seizures. But this newest edition also has chapters on the hottest topics in federal defense, making it an essential text in any federal criminal defense lawyer's library.

Chapters new to the 2010 edition include: Foreign Law, 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!

"I really appreciate your efforts in producing this treatise. The previous edition has been an immense help to me in my CJA practice."
- D. G., Jackson, WY

"Thank you very much. As a CJA panel attorney it has been an invaluable resource for me and countless others. I look forward to the latest edition. Those who serve on the various panels across the U.S. owe a tremendous debt to the authors, contributors and their very fine assistants. I went through Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego. Thank you for all you do for the indigent".
- T. R., Belleville, IL

"I have the old versions and they are great. I am now working as an adjunct teaching Advanced Crim Pro and the new edition would be most helpful".
- T. M., Boise, ID

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