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Joseph Abrams

Joseph Abrams

Federal Criminal Defense Law Firm Serving Orange County and Southern California
  • Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Stockbroker & Investment Fraud
  • California
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Biography

From his federal criminal defense law firm in Anaheim, California, attorney Joseph Abrams provides unmatched representation and results to clients in Orange County and all of Southern California who stand accused of or are under investigation for any type of federal criminal offense. As a recognized lawyer with more than 23 years of legal experience, Mr. Abrams promises to aggressively defend your rights and liberties at all turns as he works hard to help increase your chances for a successful outcome.

Prior to starting his own law practice, Mr. Abrams spent his legal career working for the federal judiciary as a sentencing specialist and presentence supervisor, and served as the exclusive sentencing liaison to a sitting federal district court judge in the Central District of California.

During his career, Mr. Abrams worked on more than 1,000 federal criminal matters, covering virtually every type of federal offense. Over the course of his career, Mr. Abrams developed expert knowledge of the federal sentencing guidelines and federal sentencing advocacy. Mr. Abrams gained recognition within the judiciary, and among the federal defense bar, as a federal sentencing guidelines expert and a trusted source for matters involving federal sentencing.

With extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of federal criminal practice, including expert knowledge of the federal sentencing guidelines and federal sentencing advocacy, Mr. Abrams achieves notable success in obtaining favorable results for his clients' serious and pressing legal challenges. Law Office of Joseph Abrams is a trusted source for individuals and organizations facing serious accusations of federal crimes.

Mr. Abrams provides an honest and direct assessment of each case so that the client can make the best decisions for their situation and future. Whether you are facing federal investigation or federal charges, you need an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer. You need Joseph Abrams.

Education
Southwestern University School of Law
J.D. (1997)
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Honors: Top 10% Class Rank
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California State University - Fullerton
B.A. (1986)
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Honors: Deans Honor List
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Professional Experience
Owner
Law Office of Joseph Abrams
Current
Federal Sentencing Specialist/Presentence Supervisor
United States District Court, Central District of California
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Surviving Federal RICO Charges
Federal Criminal Defense Resources for Orange County and all of Southern California - This article breaks down the basic elements of a RICO charge, and suggests how they can be effectively challenged.
Understanding “Grouping” Rules Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Federal Criminal Defense Resources for Orange County and all of Southern California - This article looks at the key points for federal criminal defense lawyers and defendants to understand to properly apply the grouping rules under the guidelines.
Sentencing Advocacy in Federal White Collar Criminal Cases
Federal Criminal Defense Resources for Orange County and all of Southern California - This article discusses the most important factors that federal criminal defense attorneys should focus on to obtain the most favorable results in white collar cases.
The Art of the Federal Plea Bargain
Federal Criminal Defense Resources for Orange County and all of Southern California -This article discusses what both defendants and defense attorneys most need to know about federal plea bargains.
The Bill of Rights: What Do They Say About Criminal Justice?
Federal Criminal Defense Resources for Orange County and all of Southern California - This article looks at the four Amendments in the Bill of Rights that speak directly to the protections afforded all criminal defendants.
Understanding “Relevant Conduct” Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Federal Criminal Defense Resources for Orange County and all of Southern California - This article looks at the key points of relevant conduct that are most crucial for federal criminal defense lawyers and defendants to understand.
The “First Step Act” One Year Later: How Has It Changed Federal Sentencing?
Federal Criminal Defense Resources for Orange County and all of Southern California - This article looks at the impact one year later of the First Step Act's five provisions specifically relating to sentencing.
Making a Federal Case Out of It: The Federalization of Common Law Crimes
Federal Criminal Defense Resources for Orange County and all of Southern California - This article looks at how the exponential growth in the number of federal criminal statutes has changed, or not changed, the criminal justice system.
The Enduring Importance of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Federal Criminal Defense Resources for Orange County and all of Southern California - This article takes a brief look at the history of the guidelines, from their enactment through their application today.
Speaking Engagements
Understanding The Federal Criminal Sentencing Process, United States Sentencing Commission 2019 National Seminar, New Orleans, LA
United States Sentencing Commission
Awards
American Jurisprudence Book Award in Federal Courts
Bankcroft Whitney
Best Writer
Moot Court Honors Program Intramural Competition
Professional Associations
Federal Bar Association
Member
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California Lawyers Association
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Orange County Bar Association
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
State Bar of California
ID Number: 190485
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9th Circuit
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U.S. District Court, Central District of California
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U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Joseph Abrams offers a free consultation to provide prospective clients with a direct and honest assessment of their case and answer all their questions and concerns
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    For ease and convenience of payment, Law Office of Joseph Abrams accepts cash, checks, and all major credit cards.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Joseph Abrams charges by the hour for his services and requires a retainer fee. The retainer fee is fully refundable for any unbilled work. The actual cost to the client will vary depending on the type of case and its complexity.
Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Drug Crimes, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    White Collar Crime
    Stockbroker & Investment Fraud
Additional Practice Area
  • Federal Criminal Defense and Federal Sentencing Advocacy and Mitigation
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Italian: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Can I write a letter to judge to ask to dismiss charges as a wittness/victim?
A: Generally speaking, victims and witness do not have a say in prosecutorial or trial decisions. What you can do is decline to cooperate which may lessen the weight of the evidence in the case. You can also make a mitigating statement at sentencing which may help reduce the sentence. Please keep in mind, however, that you must always comply with any lawful subpoena that might be issued to you for documents, testimony, or other evidence. - Law Office of Joseph Abrams, Anaheim, CA
Q. Now that petty theft is decriminalized in california. Can a previous charge get dismissed from your record?
A: Petty theft is not decriminalized in California, and you cannot get a prior conviction dismissed, except through a proper expungement process. What changed in California is that the attorney general's office has instructed local prosecutors to use more discretion when charging petty theft offense so as not to unfairly burden or punish those charged. - Law Office of Joseph Abrams, Anaheim, CA
Q. My uncle was arrested for like the 6th or 7th time for transportation with the intent to sale,how much time is he facing
A: If this is his 6th or 7th time as you say, he has likely already done prison time on priors, which will give some idea of how much he will get this time, which will almost certainly be more than his last case. - Law Office of Joseph Abrams, Anaheim, CA
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Law Office of Joseph Abrams
Blog
Federal Criminal Defense Resources for Orange County and all of Southern California
Blog
Helpful Federal Criminal Defense Videos from the Law Office of Joseph Abrams
Blog
Joseph Abrams Answers FAQ about Federal Criminal Law
Videos
In this introduction video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams introduces himself and talks about the work they do at the Law Office of Joseph Abrams. Get To Know Joseph Abrams

In this introduction video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams introduces himself and talks about the work they do at the Law Office of Joseph Abrams.

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains why federal crimes are considered more serious than state crimes. Are Federal Crimes More Serious Than States Crimes?

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains why federal crimes are considered more serious than state crimes.

In this first video of a series of three, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams discusses the credibility of the defense attorney as an important aspect of sentencing advocacy in federal criminal cases. Federal Sentencing Advocacy, Part 1: The Credibility of the Defense Attorney

In this first video of a series of three, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams discusses the credibility of the defense attorney as an important aspect of sentencing advocacy in federal criminal cases.

In this second video of a series of three, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams discusses the defendant's remorse and acceptance of responsibility for the offense as another important aspect... Federal Sentencing Advocacy, Part 2: The Defendant's Remorse and Acceptance of Responsibility

In this second video of a series of three, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams discusses the defendant's remorse and acceptance of responsibility for the offense as another important aspect...

In this final video of a series of three, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams discusses psychological evaluation reports and character letters as other important aspects of sentencing advocacy in... Federal Sentencing Advocacy, Part 3: Psychological Evaluation Reports and Character Letters

In this final video of a series of three, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams discusses psychological evaluation reports and character letters as other important aspects of sentencing advocacy in...

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams discusses how the Bill of Rights afford protections to all criminal defendants. How Do The Bill Of Rights Protect Criminal Defendants?

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams discusses how the Bill of Rights afford protections to all criminal defendants.

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains the factors that are considered in designating where federal inmates serve their sentences. How Does The Federal Bureau Of Prisons Designate Defendants For Service Of Their Sentence?

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains the factors that are considered in designating where federal inmates serve their sentences.

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains how bail is determined in federal criminal cases. How Is Bailed Determined In Federal Criminal Cases?

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains how bail is determined in federal criminal cases.

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains how a convicted federal drug defendant can avoid receiving the statutorily required minimum sentence. If I'm Convicted of a Federal Drug Crime, Can I Receive a Sentence Below the Statutory Minimum?

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains how a convicted federal drug defendant can avoid receiving the statutorily required minimum sentence.

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains why if you are charged in federal court, it is important that you hire an attorney with federal court experience. If I’m Charged in Federal Criminal Court, Does it Make a Difference Which Attorney I Hire?

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains why if you are charged in federal court, it is important that you hire an attorney with federal court experience.

In this first video of a series of three, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams discusses the investigation and pretrial phases of the federal criminal process. The Federal Criminal Process Part I: The Investigation and Pretrial Phases

In this first video of a series of three, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams discusses the investigation and pretrial phases of the federal criminal process.

In this second video of a series of three, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams discusses the trial phase of the federal criminal process. The Federal Criminal Process Part II: The Trial Phase

In this second video of a series of three, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams discusses the trial phase of the federal criminal process.

In this final video of a three-part series, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams discusses the sentencing phase of the federal criminal process. The Federal Criminal Process Part III: The Sentencing Phase

In this final video of a three-part series, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams discusses the sentencing phase of the federal criminal process.

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains what to expect during a federal probation presentence interview, and the importance of the interview. What Happens During a Federal Probation Presentence Interview?

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains what to expect during a federal probation presentence interview, and the importance of the interview.

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains what witness immunity is and how it works in criminal cases. What Is Witness Immunity? And How Does It Work?

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains what witness immunity is and how it works in criminal cases.

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains what you should do if you know you are being investigated for a federal offense. What Should I Do If I Am Being Investigated By Federal Authorities?

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney Joseph Abrams explains what you should do if you know you are being investigated for a federal offense.

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney explains why the penalties for drug offenses are more severe in federal court. Why Are Penalties For Drug Offenses So Much More Severe In Federal Court Than In State Court?

In this video, federal criminal defense attorney explains why the penalties for drug offenses are more severe in federal court.

Contact & Map
Law Office of Joseph Abrams
2400 E. Katella Avenue
Suite 825
Anaheim, CA 92806
Telephone: (714) 883-9822
Monday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 8 PM (Today)
Saturday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Sunday: 8 AM - 8 PM
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