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Joseph Abrams

Joseph Abrams

Federal Criminal Defense Specialist Serving Orange Co. and Southern California
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  • California
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Biography

From his law office in Anaheim, California, attorney Joseph Abrams provides unmatched representation and results to clients in Orange County and throughout Southern California who stand accused 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. With extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of federal criminal practice, including expert knowledge of the federal sentencing guidelines and sentence mitigation advocacy, Mr. Abrams achieves remarkable success in obtaining favorable results for his clients' serious and pressing legal challenges. The Law Office of Joseph Abrams is a trusted source for individuals and organizations facing serious accusations of federal crimes.

A leader in his field, Mr. Abrams has written extensively on various legal topics related to federal practice and criminal defense. He is an active member of the Federal Bar Association, the California Lawyers Association, and the Orange County Bar Association, among others, so you know you can trust you will receive the highest level of counsel possible. To begin the process, you can contact Mr. Abrams by calling the Law Office of Joseph Abrams or visiting the law firm's website to schedule a free initial consultation concerning your matter. In an effort to help keep you safe and healthy in these uncertain times, Mr. Abrams also offers virtual consultations so that you can speak with him with no risk.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Drug Crimes, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    White Collar Crime
    Securities Law
    Stockbroker & Investment Fraud
Additional Practice Area
  • Federal Criminal Defense
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.
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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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Italian: Spoken, Written
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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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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Awards
American Jurisprudence Book Award in Federal Courts
Bankcroft Whitney
Best Writer
Moot Court Honors Program Intramural Competition
Professional Associations
The State Bar of California  # 190485
Member
Current
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Federal Bar Association
Member
Current
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California Lawyers Association
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Current
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Orange County Bar Association
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Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
The Art of the Federal Plea Bargain
Federal Criminal Defense Resources for Orange County and all of Southern California
The Bill of Rights: What Do They Say About Criminal Justice?
Federal Criminal Defense Resources for Orange County and all of Southern California
Understanding “Relevant Conduct” Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Federal Criminal Defense Resources for Orange County and all of Southern California
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
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
The Enduring Importance of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Federal Criminal Defense Resources for Orange County and all of Southern California
Speaking Engagements
Understanding The Federal Criminal Sentencing Process, United States Sentencing Commission 2019 National Seminar, New Orleans, LA
United States Sentencing Commission
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
Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered
Q. Did the officer do an illegal search on our persons that we did not consent to. He found drugs on my 2 passengers
A: This is a close issue. Some things to keep in mind are that a traffic stop can be considered an "arrest" since you are not free to simply leave, and police are allowed to conduct a search incident to an arrest. I think there are meritorious arguments for and against the legality of the search you describe.
Q. If you got arrested for alien smuggling, but served no jail time and haven't received a court date, is it a felony ?
A: It sounds like there is only an arrest with no court action so far. It could stay that way, in which case you will only have an arrest on your record. Or it could proceed to charges at a later date, in which case you will be informed and given a court date. If the charge is at the federal level, it is almost always a felony.
Q. A cousin was arrested crossing to Mexico in posesion of 1090 pills of M-30 is there any way to know the aprox sentence?
A: If your cousin is charged federally for drug trafficking, the starting point of the sentence would be calculated under the federal sentencing guidelines. Based on the number of pills involved in this case, the low end of the guideline range could be as high as14 years imprisonment. Also, the identification of any aggravating or mitigating factors could alter the range, as well as any sentence that is ultimately imposed. Bottom line, this case involves a large amount of narcotics, and therefore carries the potential for a lengthy sentence.
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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
Saturday: 8 AM - 8 PM (Today)
Sunday: 8 AM - 8 PM
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