The Practice

Criminal Practice

Best Efforts for Best Results

Being charged criminally is often a life-altering experience for the accused and their loved ones. The stakes are high and can include years of incarceration, loss of professional licenses and career, reputational damage, and deportation from the country. For this reason, we take the time necessary to understand a client’s unique situation, background, and the facts and law of each case. We maintain open lines of communication with clients in determining the best course of action and pride ourselves on our accessibility. Every decision is based on a legal strategy developed to meet the client’s goals. Care is taken to ensure a client’s rights are protected and interests are furthered to obtain the best possible outcome.

Broad Experience

The United States is notorious for its incarceration rates. Nearly anyone can become entangled in the criminal justice system. Our experience includes representing a diverse range of clients from artists and students to attorneys, doctors, pharmacists, and CEOs. Cases that Carla has worked on in federal court include racketeering, bank fraud, honest services fraud, securities fraud, Medicare fraud, narcotics trafficking and importation, firearm possession, money laundering, witness tampering, kidnapping, Hobbs Act Robbery, and others. State cases include enterprise corruption, criminal sale of a prescription by a health care provider, narcotics offenses, credit card offenses, larcenies, sex offenses, assault, DWI, burglary, and drug crimes, among others. Carla represents witnesses, suspects, and targets in grand jury investigations, handles post-conviction petitions including appeal, ineffective assistance of counsel motions, habeas corpus petitions, and motions to vacate convictions under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 and CPL 440.10.

Understanding the System

Unfortunately, the criminal justice system is far from perfect. It is often said that a more accurate term is the “Criminal Injustice System.” There are overzealous prosecutors, biased judges, and draconian sentencing laws in place. For those facing serious charges, the law often includes a mandatory minimum sentence that shifts bargaining power to the government. For example, if a defendant wants to accept a guilty plea but the crime charged has a mandatory minimum number of years of incarceration, it will be the prosecutor and not the judge who will determine the minimum amount of incarceration. This scheme places undue pressure on defendants to take a plea and forgo their right to trial. This pressure impacts both the guilty and the innocent and is why approximately 97% of federal cases result in a guilty plea.
Working within this system, we provide thoughtful and aggressive advocacy that aims to capitalize on the weaknesses of the prosecution’s case to obtain the best outcome for the defendant. We advocate for the lowest possible sentence and alternatives to incarceration and fight for the protection of our clients’ rights and human dignity.

Carla Sanderson Law has been certified as a Women and Minority-Owned Business Enterprise and LGBT Business Enterprise.