If you are a witness, target of a Federal criminal investigation or have been charged with a federal crime, you should be aware that the Federal process and the prospects of facing federal charges is significantly different than those in State Court. The Federal government has virtually unlimited resources and its investigators and prosecutors are well trained and hardened It is very important that you work with an experienced federal attorney who can walk you through every step of the process, advise you of your rights, advocate on your behalf and vigorously defend your rights.
There is a wide variety of federal crimes for which you may be charged. Some of the most common types of charges that a federal criminal attorney deals with include, but are not limited to, the following: Drug Crimes, Conspiracy, RICO Violations, Mail and Wire Fraud, Bank and Securities Fraud, Tax Fraud, Obstruction of Justice, Internet Crimes.
One of the biggest differences between state and federal courts is the uncertainty of sentencing in a federal case following conviction or a plea. In state court, there is relative certainty in knowing the exact penalties that you face. However, in federal court, the federal judge making the sentencing decision is not involved in any plea-bargaining. Additionally, the federal judge is not bound by what the parties agree.
During sentencing, the accused and the defense attorney may present evidence to the court explaining why there are mitigating circumstances and why a more lenient sentence is appropriate. In effect, your attorney will go from arguing your innocence to arguing why you deserve a less severe punishment.
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