Major Changes in the Federal Fraud Guidelines Create Greater Opportunities for Defendants at Sentencing
On November 1, 2015, the United States Sentencing Commission approved a change in the fraud guidelines pursuant to section 2B1.1. These changes have increased the opportunities for defendants to get lesser sentences. Specifically, the loss amounts have been reduced as well as the definition of “intended loss” revised; the definition of “sophisticated means” has been amended to apply to a defendant’s individual conduct rather than the overall scheme, and the calculation for victims has been amended to incorporate “substantial financial hardship” as a sentencing enhancement factor.
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Attorney Puglisi Defends South Florida Trainer Charged in Cuban Baseball Smuggling Ring
April 26, 2016
A Miami baseball trainer has been charged with a previously indicted agent in what prosecutors claim was a get-rich scheme to smuggle top Cuban talent from Cuba through Mexico to the United States by lying to the federal government about the players’ residency and immigration status.
“Julio Estrada has never encouraged anyone to enter the United States illegally,” his defense attorney, Sabrina Puglisi, said on Tuesday. “He has always taken care of his players, training them so they could achieve their dream of playing Major League Baseball in the United States.”
I felt Sabrina was truly on my side; every step of the way I knew without a doubt that she was dedicating all of her efforts to help me. It truly felt as if I was her only client. She is also smart, knowledgeable and a professional. I don’t wish anyone will ever have to be in my position but if you are, then you want to have her as your advocate.
When you have been accused of committing a crime your whole world collapses, life as you knew it for yourself and your family is gone, in one single moment. It has to be one of toughest journeys any human being can encounter. There is only one factor that allowed me to keep my sanity and hope that things would work out in the best possible way, my defense attorney Sabrina Puglisi. I don’t know that I will ever meet a kinder human being.
It is not often that intelligence, responsibility, sincerity, creativity, and genuine kindness come wrapped in one package but Ms. Sabrina Puglisi brings just that to all her cases. Ms. Puglisi is an extraordinary woman who did a wonderful job representing my son. I was very impressed by her diligence and work ethic.
Miami Criminal Defense Attorneys
Representing Defendants In Federal Court Throughout The United States And State Courts Within Florida
Experienced, Trusted, Ethical Criminal Defense
Miami criminal attorneys Sabrina Puglisi and Dianne Caramés have earned a reputation as dedicated and successful defense lawyers with integrity and empathy. They have extensive experience as criminal trial lawyers and their unique blend of compassion and hard work allow them to achieve great results for their clients.
Florida Bar Certified Criminal Attorney
Sabrina Puglisi is a Florida Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney. While not all qualified criminal lawyers are board certified, those who are board certified have taken the extra steps to have their legal competence and experience evaluated. Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, and demonstrates outstanding professionalism and ethics in practice. Attorney Puglisi is one of only approximately 370 board certified criminal trial attorneys out of 85,000 practicing lawyers in Florida.
Miami criminal attorney Sabrina Puglisi formerly practiced at the State and Federal Public Defender offices. This experience has given Attorney Puglisi the unique perspective of knowing both systems from within. She has an excellent reputation with judges, prosecutors, probation officers and court personnel.
Attorney Puglisi is highly respected and consulted by the most proficient practitioners in the criminal law field. Ms. Puglisi is a past-president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), Miami Chapter, and is a representative to the statewide organization of FACDL. Her active participation in the legal community fosters good communications and relationships with members of the judiciary and criminal attorney colleagues.
Compassion and Understanding
As criminal lawyers, what truly sets Sabrina Puglisi and her firm apart is their ability to understand and empathize with an accused through his or her journey through the criminal justice system. Attorneys Puglisi and Caramés understand the impact of criminal charges, not just on the accused, but on the loved ones. They always have two goals in every given case. First, to vigorously defend each criminal defendant client in order to achieve the best result. Second, to aid in maintaining and supporting the integrity of family. They know how important family is, especially when someone may be held in detention pre-trial and unable to maintain regular contact with their spouse, partner, parent, or child.
Focus on the Well Being of the Defendant
The defendant’s well-being is always the number one concern for Miami Criminal Attorney Sabrina Puglisi’s firm. This is why she is committed to run her practice in the following way:
- Clients will receive exceptional service. An attorney will always return calls of clients and family members immediately.
- Each criminal defendant is treated as a partner in their representation. The attorneys understand that the person who knows their case the best is the client. For this reason, the attorneys in this law firm will always ask the client for their input in defending their case.
- Clients will never be dictated to; rather, they will understand every step of the process and will be active participants in their defense. For this reason, the attorneys will be in constant contact with the client to advise them of where their case is and where it is heading.
- Ms. Puglisi runs a boutique law firm, meaning that she accepts a limited number of clients. She does this because she wants each client to understand that they are important to her and so that she has the necessary time to achieve the best result for the client. Sabrina Puglisi will guarantee that the client will never feel abandoned or ignored, whether the case is in hiatus or not.
- In each defense, attorneys Puglisi and Caramés incorporate the whole support structure of the accused, meaning that they will use family, friends and the background of a client to help in achieving the desired result. They do this because they recognize the full impact of a criminal prosecution on a client and his or her family.
Humanity and an Honest Approach
The Law Offices of Sabrina Puglisi is not a firm solely concerned with getting cases and earning money. The attorneys will always spend time to get to know their clients by asking what brought them to this place, asking them about their family and their expectations for the future.
Attorneys Puglisi and Caramés use their knowledge of each client whether by showing that human side to a jury in a trial, obtaining a better sentence through mitigation, or convincing the government not to file criminal charges. Above all else, the truth matters to Sabrina Puglisi. Her firm will never provide a client with false expectations; instead, the attorneys will be honest so that the client will always know where he or she stands. Attorneys Puglisi and Caramés care about people and their main concern is to procure the best result for each client within the bounds of ethics.
Contact Miami Criminal Lawyers at the Law Offices of Sabrina Puglisi
The Law Offices of Sabrina Puglisi, a Miami criminal law office, is conveniently located in the penthouse suite directly across the street from the United States District Courthouse in Miami. From these offices, she represents defendants in Dade County (Miami), Broward County (Ft Lauderdale), Monroe County (Key West), throughout Florida and the United States. Attorney Puglisi is admitted to practice in Florida state courts and Florida federal courts (Southern District, Middle District, and Northern District), the District of Colombia, Federal courts throughout the United States and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Bond & Pretrial Detention Hearings
- Drug Trafficking / Marijuana Growhouses
- Firearms/Weapons Cases
- Health Care Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Internet Sex Crimes / Pornography
- Money Laundering
- Mortgage Fraud
- Pre-Indictment Investigations
- RDAP Appeals
- Securities Fraud
- Subpoena Responses
- Tax Evasion/Tax Fraud
- Treaty Transfer
- Wire Fraud
- White Collar Crimes
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Law Offices of Sabrina Puglisi
From offices in Miami, Attorneys Sabrina Puglisi and Dianne Caramés represent clients in federal courts throughout the United States, and in Florida state courts including Dade County, Broward County, and Monroe County. The law firm's focus is on federal and state criminal defense. Attorneys Puglisi and Caramés routinely represent clients in legal matters in county courthouses in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Key West, Florida.
Law Offices of Sabrina PuglisiMiami Criminal Defense Lawyer
Miami FL 33128-1838