Criminal Offenses On The Federal Level
Once a person is charged with a crime by a federal agency, they find themselves in a distressing and puzzling circumstance. Following the events of September 11th, the U.S. government has ramped up its investigative procedures to aggressively pursue any type of illegal act under Federal law. The Feds now how numerous methods to conduct an investigation of an individual and sufficient funding to allow the investigation to go on for years. Once you are targeted by a federal agency, you can expect that you will be monitored via the internet, wiretaps, physical surveillance, register systems, and any other legal means.
Standing Up To The Federal Government
When the Federal Government comes for you, it will be with a full force of law enforcement officers and prosecutors. Typically, the Feds will use joint task forces composed of various federal law enforcement agencies working in cooperation with local police forces. The Federal Government has a lot of power at its resources, and this can all be levied against you, an individual.
If you have a criminal case involving a federal agency at the Sacramento Federal Court, insert the details of your case in our secure contact form, and our attorney will carefully review your case before contacting you.
A crime becomes a federal offense when it involves the jurisdiction of a federal agency, or involves a crime which crosses state lines. A federal crime can also be charged for acts carried out over the medium of the internet, i.e. with illegal pornography or hacking.
The very nature of a federal case makes the situation especially hard on defendants for the following reasons:
- Under the federal guidelines, you face heavier sentences than in state court, and federal judges do not have much sentencing discretion.
- Federal defendants cannot seek parole.
- Plea negotiation is considerably more difficult than that allowed in state court.
- Federal agents are extremely competent in carrying out investigations and testifying in court. They also have access to an almost endless bag of resources to ensure a conviction can be obtained.
If you have recently been notified that federal charges are pending against you, you should contact an attorney immediately. It is likely that the government has been building a case against for several months or even years. Once a decision to charge you is issued, it is because the government already has all they need to proceed forward. Your best bet is to get your defense started right away to have the best chance at fighting back.
First and foremost, you would like an attorney with some experience inside federal court and also the felony system.
Subsequent to that, you might need an attorney who also has a wealth of resources to pull together on your behalf. This legal professional should be detail oriented, fast and also responsive. National agencies generally employ a head start out against you when it comes to case planning, which means that your team would need to jump start your defense on a moment’s notice to get you on an equal playing field.
Federal cases put you against the practically unlimited power of the Federal Government. It also puts you at the mercy of Federal Sentencing guidelines which do not permit any deviation from mandated sentences.
The only way for you to have a chance against the Federal agents and prosecutors is to hire an attorney that can break down their case and put together a unique strategy for attacking the evidence. As mentioned before, Federal agents often use numerous technological advances to build up evidence in a case. Due to this, you need an attorney who understands how technology intersects with the law. An attorney must also understand the legal standards surrounding the use of an informant’s tips to incriminate a defendant. These are complicated areas of law which require a familiarity with federal law.
Fed cases generally involve political or practical considerations that may be utilized to your great advantage to settle the situation without an effort. However, if the case travels to trial, it is advisable to have skilled trial legal professionals to present a vigorous defense, and to aggressively defend you. Due to severe sentencing mandates within a federal section court, losing seriously isn’t an option. You just get one opportunity to pick the proper attorney to guard you.
The unique plan which can be applied to a case will depend largely on the type of offense charged. Contact our office if you have a federal offense encompassing drugs, prescription medications, sexual assaults, computer crimes, or financial crimes.
This office has the know how and ability to go head-to-head against the U.S. Federal prosecuting lawyer in the Sacramento Federal Court and get a suitable outcome for you. We’ll apply our legal skills in accordance with all of the federal jurisdictions, and can assemble investigation teams and court experts just as skilled as the government’s group. Federal criminal defense in Sacramento is not so daunting if you get the right help!
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