Recently, in U.S. v. D.A., the defendant was accused of participating in a nationwide conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs such as Oxycontin. At her detention hearing, the government moved for her permanent incarceration pending trial. At the initial detention proceeding, the magistrate expressed great skepticism about her prospects for pre-trial release, detailing several concerns he had about setting bail in the matter. At the next proceeding, Attorney Dudley was able to answer all those concerns and secured his client’s release on a signature bond.
One of Attorney Dudley’s axioms is that, especially in federal criminal matters, the first battle is very often the most important one, the battle to secure a defendant’s freedom upon the filing of an indictment or complaint. A federally charged defendant needs to hire aggressive, experienced counsel immediately to ensure the greatest likelihood of release pending trial.