News & Articles

Criminal defense attorney, Lorraine Gauli-Rufo shares news and articles pertaining to criminal and federal law.


Taylor Update

In United States v. Taylor, the Supreme Court held that attempted Hobbs Act robbery does not qualify as a “crime of violence” under 18 U.S.C. §924(c). Under 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(3), “crime of violence” is defined as a felony offense and “has an element the use,...

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Wire Fraud

What constitutes wire fraud? Wire fraud is a federal crime that occurs when communications are transmitted using a wire. This encompasses all forms of electronic media including cell phones, fax machines, radio transmission, email, social media, as well as SMA and...

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Aggravated Identity Theft

On June 8, 2023, the Supreme Court decided Dubin v. U.S, 599 U.S. ___ (2023), which dealt with the applicability 18 §1028A(a)(1), the federal aggravated identity theft statute, which has a two-year mandatory minimum prison sentence.  The Government uses it frequently...

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Federal Agencies

What are the Various Federal Investigation Agencies? Federal criminal offenses are investigated by different federal agencies. While federal criminal charges are ultimately brought by the United States Attorney’s Office, their investigators are performed by the...

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Lora v. United States – Defending federal charges

Last month, the Supreme Court decided Lora v. United States, holding that 18 USC § 924(j) may be imposed either consecutively or concurrently. Efraim Lora was convicted of a violation of § 924(j), which penalizes using a gun during a drug or violent crime to "cause...

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United States Sentencing Guidelines Amendments

United States Sentencing Guidelines Amendments to take Effect November 1, 2023 The federal sentencing guidelines are being amended in areas that will affect many people convicted of federal crimes. A summary of some of the important changes is set forth below....

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Healthcare Fraud and COVID-19

The Department of Justice announced on (April 20, 2023) that it was making a concerted effort to focus on healthcare fraud offenses related to COVID-19. As a result, the DOJ stated that criminal charges had been brought against 18 defendants throughout various...

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