Are Federal Criminal Cases Different Than State Criminal Cases?
Yes. It is important to understand that once you have found out you are the subject of a federal criminal investigation, you need to act immediately.
Federal criminal investigations and the prosecution of federal offenses are handled quite differently than criminal cases in state courts. The various law enforcement agencies responsible for the investigation of federal crimes are typically well-funded and have highly experienced agents and investigators.
Federal prosecutors responsible for conducting federal criminal trials and sentencing hearings are also well experienced and have almost unlimited resources. Judges who preside in federal courts are lifetime appointments and their court dockets are not normally packed with too many cases like most state judges have to handle for a wide range of criminal offenses.
Another important difference is the fact that federal crimes will normally result in a more severe sentence than a state crime. This is especially true drug trafficking and conspiracy cases. Additionally, federal criminal penalties are much more severe in cases of child pornography and other sex crime cases that are prosecuted in federal court.
White collar cases, such as fraud, money laundering, extortion, counterfeiting, identity theft, embezzlement, forgery and corruption can also carry harsh legal penalties. The mandatory minimum penalties and federal sentencing guidelines typically result in a substantial prison sentence for any defendant convicted of federal crime. This alone is just another reason why it’s critical to retain an experienced attorney who has a track record of success in federal criminal courts.
Unfortunately, many individuals in this position choose to delay in retaining counsel. The decision to hold off on hiring an attorney may result in squandered opportunities, such as the possibility of avoiding the filing of formal charges or receiving a more lenient sentence in exchange for cooperation with federal authorities.
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Our top-rated federal criminal lawyers have a proven record of success in federal cases in courts across the United States. Our nationally ranked law firm has been winning federal jury trials, securing pretrial dismissals, and successfully negotiating many serious federal criminal cases over 20 years.
Due to the severity and complexity of federal criminal investigations and prosecutions, if you have been charged with a federal crime, you need to retain a federal criminal lawyer with experienced handling federal cases. In some jurisdictions, it might be necessary to work with other skilled federal criminal attorneys to assist us. However, our lawyers will handle the most important aspects of the case, such as negotiations with the federal prosecutors.
Our experienced federal criminal defense lawyers will always thoroughly review the strength of prosecutor’s evidence and potential legal defenses before our clients make a decision to plead on the case or proceed to trial. On top of our federal trial practice, we can also represent clients in appealing wrongful convictions in federal court.
If you are seeking a federal criminal defense lawyer with with decades of successful case results, contact our law firm to review your case and discuss legal options. We are dedicated to the success of our clients and will pursue justice in federal court. Here are a few client reviews posted on AVVO.
Mr. Eisner worked hard to get a great outcome on my federal case
Attorney Alan Eisner represented me on an out of state federal case. He was honest, upfront, and advised me on expectations without making promises. He showed his expertise in federal court and worked aggressively to get the best possible outcome. We are completely satisfied with Alan and his law firm and would recommend them for any case. – Tom L.
I hired Alan after a few people said he was the best. My case called for a sentencing of a minimum of 41 months – Federal case. Alan worked his rear end off for me for over a year and three times in court. In our positioning report to the court we asked for 12 months home confinement with the ability to go to work during the day. We went before the judge and I was granted exactly what he’d asked for. No jail time. I was very grateful that day that I had hired Alan. – David