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Federal Crimes

Placer County Criminal Lawyer Handling Federal Criminal Cases for Over 10 Years

The Law Offices of David D. Fischer has been handling federal criminal cases since 2009. There are many differences between federal and state criminal cases, but one main difference is the complexity of federal cases. Federal cases often involve thousands of pages of materials, recordings, and other media that needs to be reviewed and organized to assess a client’s case. David Fischer is a Placer County criminal lawyer who has experience handling large, complex, federal cases He utilizes software systems to review, search, and organize discovery to determine what is important, to prepare tasks to gather additional information, conduct investigation, and prepare for trial. He also utilizes trial presentation software to present the defense case at trial.

Laws Governing Federal Practice

Federal Criminal cases require an extensive knowledge of federal rules and guidelines. Some of these governing rules involve the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, The Federal Rules of Evidence, local rules, and standing orders. Additionally, knowledge of the United States Sentencing Guidelines Manual is crucial in determining the starting point for a client’s guideline sentence.

Types of Cases

David Fischer has experience handling a wide variety of federal cases. We have experience handling white collar, drug trafficking, firearm, and sexual misconduct cases in federal court.

Pre-filing of Charges and Investigation

If you know or suspect you are being investigated for any crime, especially, a federal offense, you should hire a federal criminal lawyer immediately. It is better to have an attorney involved at the very beginning to help decide the best approach.

White Collar Criminal Defense

David Fischer has represented clients accused of being involved in various types of misconduct. Some examples include fraud and Ponzi schemes, fraud involving government agencies such as the Employment Development Department (EDD), credit card fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, structuring, and tax offenses. Some of the major issues include the loss amount and the intended loss amount, the number of alleged victims, whether the offense involved sophisticated means, and a client’s prior criminal history.

Federal Drug Trafficking

David Fischer is criminal lawyer with experience handling large drug trafficking cases. Examples include large methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, MDMA, and other drug distribution offenses. A number of clients have been charged with manufacturing marijuana, money laundering, and structuring. Common issues involve the government’s use of confidential informants, search warrants, wiretaps, and controlled buys. Other important issues in drug cases involve a person’s role in the offense, whether dangerous weapons (most commonly firearms) are possessed, whether a house was maintained for the purpose of manufacturing or distributing controlled substances, and a client’s prior criminal history.

Firearm Offenses

Many federal firearms offenses involve the unlawful receipt, possession, manufacture, and transportation of firearms that have travelled through interstate commerce. Some of the issues involve the number of firearms, whether high capacity magazines were involved, whether serial numbers were altered or obliterated, whether firearms were stolen, whether someone was in the business of unlawfully selling firearms, and a person’s criminal history. Many of these cases involve informants, search warrants, and controlled buys. Often extensive defense investigation is necessary to uncover information about witnesses, and to determine whether certain prior criminal convictions can be used to enhance a client’s sentence.

Sex Offenses

Federal sex offenses often involve allegations of misconduct involving minors through the use of computers. The federal sentencing guidelines for these offenses is harsh. Evidence of this alleged conduct is often gathered using propriety software, search warrants, and law enforcement agents downloading content found on computers and cell phones. All of these areas potentially provide opportunities for attack.

Sentencing Mitigation

Sentencing mitigation is a large part of federal practice. The vast majority of all federal cases nationwide resolve by way of plea agreement. A working knowledge of the allegations and the evidence, defense investigation, client interviews, and the United States Sentencing Guidelines are crucial in negotiating a plea agreement. And once a plea agreement is in place, our job is to put a client in the best possible position for sentencing. Our approach starts with a comprehensive client interview. It continues with gathering helpful information. Once the probation report is provided, then our office files the appropriate objections and sentencing materials for the sentencing hearing. Our goal is to minimize the impact of a federal conviction on a client’s life.

Call Today

If you have the need for a criminal defense attorney, feel free to call the Law Offices of David D. Fischer at 916-447-8600.

Client Reviews

David had won a trial for me as a public defender years ago. I was so impressed with the way he moved the jury with his words. He was able to impeach almost every statement from my adverse was literally something out of the movie Lincoln lawyer.

Andrew T.

I wanted to say thank you again for all your support. I very much appreciate it and any client you have is very lucky to have you as an attorney.


A pleasure having you on my side! Great job and more than fair to me. Thank you very much!


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