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Joseph Abrams

Joseph Abrams

Federal Criminal Defense Law Firm Serving Orange County and Southern California
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  • 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.

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
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Joseph Abrams Answers FAQ about Federal Criminal Law
Videos
In this 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 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 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 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.

Legal Answers
8 Questions Answered
Q. My wife is being investigated for Medicaid fraud and we cannot afford a lawyer
A: If you cannot afford an attorney, request that the court appoint counsel in the case. Your wife has the right to appointed counsel if she cannot afford an attorney. Other options would to be explore discounted or pro bono attorney services.
Q. Is a short cellphone video of me holding what appears to be a shotgun enough to convict me in a criminal court?
A: First, as general matter, video evidence is obviously very strong evidence - whether it is being used to prove or disprove the charges. In your case, if the gun is a replica as you say, the video may be helpful in proving that. Conversely, it could provide evidence of your possession of a firearm. Bottom line, you need to consult with an attorney to review the strength of the evidence and decide on a litigation strategy.
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.
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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 (Today)
Wednesday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Saturday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Sunday: 8 AM - 8 PM
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