Federal Criminal Defense
If you are charged with a federal crime it is critical that you have a knowledgeable federal criminal defense attorney.
Penalties under federal statutes are generally harsher or more severe than state statutes for the same conduct, and the federal government spends more time and resources investigating crimes than the local or state government. The investigators for the federal government include the FBI, DEA, ATF, the IRS, the Secret Service, and other highly trained and skilled agencies.
The sentence that a federal criminal defendant receives depends on the statute they were convicted of and their point total under the federal sentencing guidelines. The federal sentencing guidelines are a point value system for every crime, every characteristic of that crime, and such things like a defendant’s prior criminal record. Federal judges are no longer required to follow the sentencing guidelines, but they rarely impose sentences outside of the guidelines.
The decision and timing of whether to fight the charges against you or plea guilty is very important to the overall outcome of a federal case because most federal prosecutions have multiple defendants. Typically, the first defendant to cooperate with the government against the others will receive a greater reduction of time when he or she is sentenced.
In summary, in a federal criminal case it is extremely important to have an attorney with knowledge of the U.S. sentencing guidelines and all of the intricacies of federal criminal cases.