Paralegal Services

The MPM Group, Inc. employs a premier group of federal litigation support specialists, paralegals and federal sentencing experts who assist criminal defense attorneys and/or individual clients with complex criminal cases. We specialize in violations of Federal Title 18 and Title 21 statutes as well as most other criminal defense cases to include “white-collar,” fraud or tax issues.

Our staff consists of former U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) criminal investigators, former Bureau of Prisons (BOP) senior staff members, forensic accountants, Certified Fraud Examiners, and medical and mental health professionals. We also have legislative and prison support advocates to assist the criminal defense attorney with all levels of support for their clients. Most of our staff are adjudicated experts in both U.S. District and state court and are approved under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA). Our criminal defense consulting, paralegal, litigation support and mitigation services are specifically designed with the ultimate goal of minimizing our client’s criminal exposure. 

Client Support Services

Our non-attorney services are customized to meet our client’s specific legal circumstances. We offer a comprehensive criminal case review, assessment report, strategy plan and the implementation of our services tailored for the client. A sample of a routine MPM Litigation Service Package includes:

1. A comprehensive strategy report detailing the specific custom services we will provide to the federal criminal defense attorney as well as their client. This comprehensive strategy report will include the specific paralegals/legal consultants that will closely review the entire criminal investigation, review the charging documents (Indictment/Complaint), address federal pre-sentencing issues, develop any federal sentencing strategies as well as federal post-sentencing options that will be provided to the defense attorney or client.

2. A Review and Assessment of the Federal Plea Agreement and Federal Pre-Sentence Investigation Report (when available) and preparing research to objections under the defense counsel’s direct supervision. We also prepare a specific report to be given to the U.S. Probation Officer (USPO) assigned to the client’s Federal Pre-Sentence Investigation Interview. This report is prepared by a combination of paralegals or expert consultants assigned to the case.

3. A Client review of federal prison designation, and federal prison security level review, eligibility on all available federal prison sentence reduction programs, such as the Federal Bureau of Prison’s 500-hour Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), Half-Way House or Re-Entry Center Placement options under the Second Chance Act of 2007, as well as home confinement placement.

4. Unlimited access to the Federal Prison Camp Tour website: This website is the most comprehensive website of its kind. It will show the client pictures that detail life in a federal prison camp, as well as explain the myriad steps from federal prison self-surrender to federal prison pre-release programming and everything in-between. We also assist with post-incarceration issues.

Every alleged criminal circumstance differs in complexity and posture of the case. Total client criminal defense costs in federal matters can vary in a very wide range depending upon federal criminal defense attorney, location, case type, anticipated defenses, etc. Most, if not all, of our non-attorney investigative and paralegal services, legal research/related document preparation and consulting services are dependent upon the degree to which the defense attorney or client desires us to be involved – consequently, our pricing will vary depending on the services requested.

In addition to the comprehensive capabilities listed above, we offer the following additional non-attorney services:

  • Sentencing Mitigation Services
  • Plea Agreement Review and Recommendations
  • Sentencing Memoranda and Briefs
  • Expert Witness Day Rate Plus Expenses
  • Pre-Sentence Report Review and Recommendations
  • Rule 32 PSR Changes
  • Sentence/Alternative Sentence Report
  • RDAP Program Strategic Consulting
  • Formal Requests for Judicial Recommendations
  • BOP Designation or Re-designation Issues
  • Formal Requests for Report Date Extensions

Appeal Assistance

  • Review, synthesis, and assessment of the criminal investigation, trial transcripts and related evidence.
  • Brief/Reply Brief Assistance—from single issue to full drafts.

Habeas Corpus Assistance

  • Review and Assessment of Trial and Appellate Record
  • §2255 Motion To Vacate/Brief in Support Assistance
  • §2241 General Habeas Motion and Brief Assistance

Petitions for Remission or Mitigation of Forfeiture (Asset Recovery)

Assistance with Title 21, C.F.R., §1316.79  compliance:

Any person interested in recovering property which has been seized, or forfeited either administratively or by court proceedings, may file a petition for remission or mitigation of the forfeiture. Such petition shall be filed in triplicate with the Director of the seizing agency, depending upon which federal agency seized the property (DEA, FBI, DHS, IRS, etc.), and done so in the judicial district in which the proceeding for forfeiture is brought. It shall be addressed to the Director of the seizing agency if the property is subject to administrative forfeiture (§1316.77), and addressed to the Attorney General if the property is subject to judicial forfeiture (§1316.78). 

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MPM services are available at the request of any licensed attorney/firm
or as assistance to any Pro Se litigant in federal custody.

Advisory for Incarcerated Pro Se Litigants & Family Members

When appropriate and authorized, The MPM Group, Inc. (“MPM”) will assist incarcerated pro se litigants with non-attorney litigation support, post-conviction relief assistance, legal research and the general preparation of documents that the pro se litigant intends to submit to either a federal/state court or to any other government agency. This “general preparation” is restricted to incarcerated pro se litigants and is limited to reviewing government investigative files, Presentence Investigation (PSI) reports, trial transcripts, obtaining and assisting in completing requisite government forms, assist in the typing, grammar, punctuation and proper formatting of intended legal submissions and other non-attorney litigation support services permitted by law.

Incarcerated pro se litigants and their family members are reminded that MPM is not a law firm; consequently, its investigative and paralegal staff does not engage in rendering legal advice nor are they authorized to do so. The incarcerated pro se litigant is expected to develop and draft their own post-conviction relief argument and be aware that any non-attorney work-product, litigation support services, or opinions, obtained from MPM should not be considered a substitute for the advice of an attorney and it in no way creates an attorney-client relationship. If you require formal legal advice, need to develop legal strategies, have a need to prepare certain complex legal documents, or require other similar legal representation, you should seek the services of a properly licensed attorney. To that end, under certain circumstances, MPM will assist an incarcerated pro se litigant with preparing a formal inquiry, to either federal or state court, regarding whether he/she is entitled to the appointment of a federal/state Public Defender or a CJA Panel Attorney.

“As a pro se litigant, you may not authorize another person who is not an attorney to appear for you, and you may not appear on behalf of another person. While you may receive help from fellow inmates or other non-attorneys in drafting your pleadings and other papers, you must personally sign your submission(s) and all additional papers filed with the court. If several individuals commence an action together, each person must sign the complaint.”     

Please read the MPM Disclaimer

U.S. District Court Guide for Pro Se Litigants (2022)

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