Elite Federal And State Criminal Defense

Defending those accused of federal or substantive state
charges. We are experts at challenging and defeating drug,
immigration, economic, and gun crimes.

Elite Federal and State
Criminal Defense

Defending those accused of federal or substantive state charges.
We are experts at challenging and defeating drug, Immigration, economic, and gun crimes.

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OUR VISION

The Border Defense Network (BDN) is a regional criminal defense firm representing people charged with Federal violations or significant State criminal charges. Let BDN be your guide and support through one of the most stressful and difficult situations anyone can find themselves in.

Our offices are located in San Diego and Imperial Counties, and we represent clients in criminal cases throughout Southern California

Our partners are fierce and aggressive defense attorneys with a true passion for winning. At the Border Defense Network, our attorneys understand the work required to create positive results for your clients facing adversity at US Borders.

Our attorneys handle cases often related to International Border activity like Drug, Immigration, Weapons, and  Economic/White Collar crimes. We provide individualized services for our international clientele, and our attorneys speak Spanish, and so do our staff. If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, you need to act immediately. Contact us now, for a free consultation

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OUR VISION

The Border Defense Network is a regional criminal defense firm representing people charged with federal violations or significant state criminal charges. Let Border Defense Network be your guide and support through one of the most stressful and difficult situations anyone can find themselves in.

Our offices are located in San Diego and Imperial Counties, and we represent clients in criminal cases throughout Southern California

Our partners are fierce, aggressive defense attorneys with a true passion for winning. We understand the work and dedication required to create positive results for people facing long prison sentences.

Our attorneys handle cases often related to International Border activity like Drug, Immigration, Gun, and  Economic/White Collar crimes. We provide individualized services for our international clientele, and our staff and attorneys speak Spanish. If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, you need to act immediately. Contact us now, for a free consultation

Jason Beckner
Our Vision
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OUR VISION

The Border Defense Network is a regional criminal defense firm representing people charged with Federal violations or significant State criminal charges. Let the Border Defense Network be your guide and support through one of the most stressful and difficult situations anyone can find themselves in.

Our offices are located in San Diego and Imperial Counties, and we represent clients in criminal cases throughout Southern California

Our partners are fierce and aggressive defense attorneys with a true passion for winning. At the Border Defense Network, our attorneys understand the work required to create positive results for your clients facing adversity at US Borders.

Our attorneys handle cases often related to International Border activity like Drug, Immigration, Weapons, and  Economic/White Collar crimes. We provide individualized services for our international clientele, and our attorneys speak Spanish, and so do our staff. If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, you need to act immediately. Contact us now, for a free consultation

PRACTICE AREAS

Let the Border Defense Network be your guide and support through the Federal Court system. Our attorneys have over 25 years combined experience, which they leverage in cases involving: Drug, Immigration, Weapons, and Economic crimes. The attorneys at Border Defense Network are fierce and aggressive in your defense, so contact them today for a free consultation.

Financial Crimes

Drug Crimes

The most common federal drug crime is trafficking, especially across state borders, while the most common drug crime at the state level is for possession. Find out more by visiting our drug crimes page.

Immigration Crimes

The federal government is granted nearly unrestricted control to determine the laws and criminal acts that apply to immigration and entry into the United States. Learn more about Immigration Crimes below.

Economic Crimes

Economic crimes or White Collar crimes are also known as financial crimes and refer to illegal acts committed by an individual or group of individuals to obtain a financial or professional advantage.

Weapons Crimes

Federal gun charges are brought against individuals improperly buying, selling, possessing, or using firearms when the sale or transport of those firearms crosses state or national borders. Learn more about one of the most common.

TESTIMONIALS

The Border Defense Network has represented hundreds of clients during turbulent times, securing the most favorable outcomes possible for each client. Read about us from our clients below.

Financial Crimes

TESTIMONIALS

The Border Defense Network has represented hundreds of clients during turbulent times, securing the most favorable outcomes possible for each client. Read about us from our clients below.

FAQ's

Being in criminal proceedings can be stressful, but there are differences between State and Federal crimes that can affect the type of attorney you should hire to represent you.

State crimes are prosecuted when conduct violates state, city, town, or municipal government laws. These crimes often involve traffic violations, sexual assault, murder, or other conduct that violates state or local laws.

On the other hand, federal crimes typically involve violations of federal statutes such as mail fraud, immigration matters, IRS violations, drug trafficking, kidnapping, destruction of federal property, counterfeiting, and more. Federal laws deal with matters of a national concern, which usually involve disputes that have constitutional effects and laws passed by Congress.

In general, federal laws address matters of national concern. Federal courts consider disputes that involve the U.S. Constitution and the laws passed by Congress.

Federal laws typically involve federal issues or interests, as Congress usually only passes laws that deal with multi-state crimes or crimes that involve the federal government. A non-exhaustive list of crimes that are prosecuted at the federal level include:
  • Crimes committed on federal lands and properties such as government buildings, military bases, Native American reservations, and national parks
  • Crimes that cross state lines such as drug trafficking, kidnapping and transporting the victim across state lines, and internet crimes such as fraud
  • Crimes that involve federal officers or members of the government
  • and Any customs and immigration violations

In the U.S., many enforcement agencies handle investigations into federal crimes and maintain law and order in matters regarding the entire country.   Although there are many federal enforcement agencies, most federal enforcement employees work for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security.

Under the DOJ, several different federal law enforcement agencies have been given the authority to investigate and prosecute cases under the United States Code. Agencies include; the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and many others.

Federal charges usually carry harsher penalties than state crimes because the crimes themselves involve higher-stakes federal and national interests. Although the actual penalties levied still depend on the offense, sentencing guidelines for federal charges do not always result in harsher penalties for the same types of crimes.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission establishes sentencing guidelines, and a federal Judge has to calculate them properly but does not have to follow them. There are three types of federal crimes – felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions – and nine types of federal crimes. Below you can read about the sentencing guidelines for each:

Felonies

  • Class A: Life or capital punishment and a fine of $250,000
  • Class B: Minimum least 25 years in prison and a fine of $250,000
  • Class C: 10 to 25 years in prison and a fine of $250,000
  • Class D: 5 to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000
  • Class E: 1 to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000

Misdemeanors

  • Class A: 6 months to 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine
  • Class B: 30 days to 6 months in prison and a $5,000 fine
  • Class C: 5 to 30 days in custody and a $5,000 fine

Infractions: Up to 5 days in custody and a $5,000 fine

Finding the right attorney can be a complex process, but a necessary one.  Gitelman (1971) conducted one of the earliest studies looking into the differences between appointed counsel and retain counsel. As a result, it has become a well-studied fact that defendants with appointed counsel plead guilty at   rates, receive fewer dismissals, and receive suspended sentences or probation less often than defendants that have hired an attorney.

Want to learn more about hiring an attorney for a federal criminal case? Read our informative How-To series written by attorney Jason Beckner on Hiring a Defense Attorney or contact the Border Defense Network today.

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