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Answer: First, I'll say the obvious: You need a federal defense attorney. When someone on supervised release picks up a new state charge, there are a lot of things that need to be addressed. My colleagues point out that you could do federal time and that the guidelines will depend on a variety of factors you haven't given us. You should also know that sometimes an attorney can help you negotiate a joint disposition that lets you take care of both the state charge and the federal violation at the same time. On occasion, a state will even dismiss a charge if the defendant agrees to admit to the violation and is facing a federal probation revocation, or they may agree to a no-jail conviction depending on how much (if any) federal time is imposed. The good news is that it's your first violation so there is some hope that you would not do much time. My strong advice is to get an attorney right away or contact your prior federal defender (if you had one) and start figuring out how to deal with this immediately. Good luck!
Steven Brody is an experienced Los Angeles Federal Defense Attorney . Please send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.