White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbia, SC

White collar criminal defense lawyer in Columbia, SC. Admitted to practice in SC, NY, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, SC District Court, and the United States Supreme Court.Read More »

Federal Criminal Appellate Attorney in Columbia, SC

State and federal criminal appeals attorney in Columbia, SC. Admitted to practice in SC, NY, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, SC District Court, and the United States Supreme Court.Learn More »

Federal Habeas Corpus Attorney - 2255 Motions in Columbia, SC

Federal habeas corpus attorney – 2255 motion in Columbia, SC. Admitted to practice in SC, NY, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, SC District Court, and the United States Supreme Court.Learn More »

Federal Habeas Review Attorney in Columbia, SC - State Court Convictions

Federal habeas review attorney in Columbia, SC – state court convictions. Admitted to practice in SC, NY, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, SC District Court, and the United States Supreme Court.Learn More »

State and Federal Criminal Appellate Attorney

Elizabeth Franklin-Best is a criminal appellate attorney in Columbia, SC who is licensed in:

  • South Carolina State Court;
  • New York State Court;
  • South Carolina District Court;
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals;
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals;
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals;
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; and
  • The United States Supreme Court.

Elizabeth accepts white collar criminal defense cases and state and federal criminal appellate cases including habeas corpus actions in the jurisdictions listed.

She is a partner in the law firm of Blume Franklin-Best & Young, LLC, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Justice 360, Vice-Chair of the Amicus Committee for the Fourth Circuit for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and serves on the White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA).

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first step act

Can I Get a Sentence Reduction Under the First Step Act?

What is the 2018 First Step Act? It’s the most recent effort to correct the long-standing 100-1 disparity between sentencing of defendants charged with powder cocaine and defendants charged with crack cocaine in the federal courts – a difference that was never based in reality and which has disproportionately affected non-white Americans for decades. The ...

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what is conspiracy in federal court

What is Conspiracy in Federal Court?

What is conspiracy in federal court? Many defendants charged with crimes in federal court also find themselves charged with conspiracy to commit federal crimes. For example: Conspiracy to commit drug trafficking; Conspiracy to commit tax fraud; Conspiracy to commit money laundering; or Conspiracy to harbor a fugitive. That last one was the subject of a ...

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how is the loss amount calculated in a fraud case in federal court

How is the Loss Amount Calculated in a Fraud Case in Federal Court?

How is the loss amount calculated in a fraud case? What does loss amount mean in a fraud case? The loss amount, which is calculated by the prosecutor, probation agent, and contained in a defendant’s presentence report, can increase a defendant’s sentencing range by years – even decades, in some cases. If the loss amount ...

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bankruptcy fraud convictions reversed

Bankruptcy Fraud Convictions Reversed: Annamalai Annamalai v. Warden, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Filed January 17, 2019

In Annamalai Annamalai v. Warden, the Eleventh Circuit reversed the defendant’s convictions for bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, although additional bank fraud, tax fraud, perjury, and obstruction convictions were affirmed. The court of appeals also found that Annamalai’s loss amount was not proven by the government. The trial court sentenced ...

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estimate of restitution

Not Close Enough for Government Work – Estimate of Restitution Reversed: US v. Sheffield, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Filed October 1, 2019

Is it always okay for the government to estimate restitution amounts? When is close enough for government work not close enough for government work? When you’re a prosecutor who calculated a defendant’s restitution amount, it comes to $3,461,638, you acknowledge it’s not the right dollar amount, and you just don’t care. In U.S. v. Sheffield, ...

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Smokable Hemp Ban is Unconstitutional: C.Y.Wholesale v. Holcombe, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana Issues Injunction

A district court in Indiana has issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of Indiana’s ban on smokable hemp, finding that the smokable hemp ban is unconstitutional because it violates the Supremacy Clause and the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution. It is not a final determination on the merits, but the Court found that the ...

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