You’ve heard it across dozens of television shows and movies. “That’s a federal offense!”
But do you truly understand what it means to be charged with a federal crime? Do you know what your rights and options are, if you are? And why is a federal crime a bigger and more frightening problem than a state crime?
If you have reason to believe you’re the subject of a federal investigation these are important questions to answer.
Is a federal offense more serious than any other crime?
On balance, the offense itself may not be more serious than any other felony. However, the penalties may be a lot harsher than the ones you’d face in a state court. You also tend to have fewer options.
For example, a federal prosecutor may negotiate a plea bargain, but the judge doesn’t have to honor it. A federal judge gets a lot of leeway within the confines of the statutory minimums and maximums for the crimes you’ve committed.
Federal court does, however, have a procedure known as sentence advocacy. And you’ll want a defense attorney for that process, even if that attorney can’t win a “not guilty” verdict.
Can’t any defense attorney defend me in federal court?
No. The attorney must be licensed by the Federal Bar Association. It’s also a very good idea to make sure your criminal defense attorney has plenty of experience. Federal court is no place to put your case into the hands of a newcomer.
How can you defend my case if I’m guilty of the crime?
Believe it or not, whether you committed the crime in question is just one of the defenses a competent attorney can use to win your case.
For example, the way your case was built could matter a great deal. Every player in our criminal justice system is required to follow the rules. If federal investigators engage in an illegal search and seizure, mishandled evidence or used an entrapment strategy on you then the case not be valid enough to convict you even if you’re guilty as sin.
What’s the difference between being charged and being convicted?
When you are charged you are being accused of a crime. You will be arrested, and you will be held until a bail hearing. If the judge grants bail you will be released upon paying your bail, pending the outcome of your trial. If the judge denies bail or you can’t pay it, you’ll remain in jail pending the outcome of your trial.
You are convicted only after the jury declares you guilty. The conviction will enter your permanent record and you will be sentenced. Until you are convicted you are presumed innocent, even though you’ve already spent some time in jail.
What’s the best time to contact an attorney about a federal crime?
You should contact an attorney the moment you suspect you’re being investigated by the authorities.
Here at Greyco Neyland we’re ready to fight for you, no matter how serious your federal case seems to be. Call us to discuss your case today.
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