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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bad advice about deportation is ineffective assistance of counsel

Bad Advice About Deportation is Ineffective Assistance: U.S. v. Murillo, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Decided June 24, 2019

In U.S. v. Murillo, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that, when an attorney gives bad advice about deportation consequences, it is ineffective assistance of counsel. Murillo was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He retained an attorney who advertised herself to the Latino community as an immigration lawyer. ...

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What is a Crime of Violence Under 18 USC Section 924(c)? U.S. v. Davis, United States Supreme Court, Decided June 24, 2019

What is a crime of violence? How a “crime of violence” is defined matters – whether you are being prosecuted in state court or federal court, if your alleged offense is defined as a crime of violence, it can substantially increase your sentence if you are convicted, it can affect your placement and inmate status, ...

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tax fraud

Tax Fraud and Obstruction Convictions Affirmed: U.S. v. Sutherland, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Decided April 19, 2019

In U.S. v. Sutherland, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the appellant’s convictions for tax fraud and obstruction, disagreeing with the appellant’s argument that there was an insufficient nexus between false documents he provided to the US Attorney and the grand jury proceedings that ultimately received the false documents. Although there are many ways to commit tax ...

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sheriff convicted of bribery

Sheriff’s Bribery Convictions Partially Upheld: U.S. v. Buncich, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Decided June 5, 2019

Sheriff John Buncich of Lake County, Indiana was convicted of honest services wire fraud and accepting bribes to guarantee business for tow companies. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed three of the wire fraud convictions but affirmed two other wire fraud convictions and the bribery conviction. What is “honest services wire fraud,” and what were the ...

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appellate attorneys in Columbia SC

State v. Daniel Hamrick, Op. No. 27886 (South Carolina Supreme Court, filed May 15, 2019) Just Because A Law Enforcement Officer Says He’s a Qualified Expert Doesn’t Make It So.

This is a very important opinion, and not just for this particular matter, but for the State’s attempted use of law enforcement “experts” going forward. The Supreme Court has taken the opportunity to clarify the conditions under which a law enforcement officer may be allowed to testify as an expert under SCRE, Rule 702.  Simply ...
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whats the difference between criminal and civil forfeiture

What’s the Difference Between Criminal and Civil Asset Forfeiture?

What’s the difference between criminal and civil asset forfeiture? If you are convicted of a crime in federal court, there is a good chance the government is also trying to take your property, whether it is with your consent in a plea agreement or against your will after a guilty verdict at trial. When can ...

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