Washington Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
Providing Experienced Legal Representation
If you are subject to federal criminal charges or a federal criminal investigation, your freedom and future may be on the line. Under these circumstances, it is vitally important that you hire a federal criminal attorney who can handle all of the legal aspects of a federal case. We highly recommend that you consult with our firm to get the highly-qualified legal advice and counsel you need.
Federal charges are much different than Washington state level crimes. If you have been charged with a federal crime, your case will process through federal criminal court system. There are a different set of procedures and you will be facing a federal prosecutor, who are normally highly experienced and they have a reputation of aggressive tactics to obtain a conviction.
Your case proceed through the Eastern District of Washington or the Western District of Washington. The Western District courthouses are in Seattle and Tacoma. If you were to file an appeal for a conviction or sentence, your case be handled at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
How You Could Be Charged With a Federal Crime
There are a variety of circumstances where you could face federal criminal charges, rather than a local Washington state level crime, including:
- You were accused of violation of a federal statute, such as regulations from the the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or Homeland Security
- The alleged criminal behavior occurred on any type of federal property, such as national parks
- You were accused of a crime that crossed states lines, such as online criminal conduct
- Alleged criminal activity investigated by federal law enforcement agencies, such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), of the Department of Justice (DEJ).
Federal Court Process
If you have been accused of a felony level crime, federal prosecutors will convene a grand jury where they present evidence and oral arguments on the reasons why you should face criminal charges. These proceedings are held privately and all statements are sealed. You will not attend and if the jurors believe there is sufficient evidence, there will be an indictment and a warrant for your arrest.
You will have to go to your arraignment before a magistrate judge where you will be told of the charges against you, the right to an attorney, and conditions for release from jail. You also enter your initial plea of guilty or not guilty and you may have to obtain a bail bond. If you can’t post bail, you will be remanded to the U.S. Marshal’s and stay in custody until trial.
After arraignment, your federal criminal defense lawyer will obtain discovery and then start preparing your defense. In many cases, this is where the plea bargaining process begins. If no agreement is reached, your lawyer will participate in a preliminary hearing where the prosecutor shows their evidence can call witnesses. You attorney will be able to cross examine. Next, you lawyer will prepare for trail and start pre-trial motions and conferences. If you don’t accept a plea agreement, then your federal crimes lawyer will present your defense at trial.
Types of Federal Crimes We Handle
Our federal criminal defense law firm have a record of success defending clients against a wide range of federal crimes, including:
At Eisner & Gorin LLP, our attorneys have an abundance of experience in dealing with federal prosecutors and the federal judicial system. We know the intricacies of federal law, federal court procedure, and how a federal case is developed. Our law firm has the experience, skills, and ability to build a strong and effective legal defense on your behalf.
Our firm has successfully handled every kind of federal case. We can protect your rights and defend your interests in any investigation by a federal agency or before an indictment is issued. Throughout the legal process you are involved in, we work diligently to lessen the damaging effects of any charges brought against you.
We have the legal skills to negotiate for reduced or dismissed charges where appropriate and will always make every effort to achieve the best possible case results. As a Pre-eminent law firm rated in the top 5 percent of the country, our firm is known for its outstanding professionalism, dedication, and proven track record in the criminal defense field.
Our federal crimes attorneys serve clients in all cities and counties throughout the state of Washington, including Alderwood, Algona, Auburn, Bellevue, Des Moines, Duval, Edgewood, Edmonds, Emerson, Everett, Granite Falls, Lake Bosworth, Lake Goodwin, Lakeland South, Lakewood, Marysville, Midway, Mill Creek, Milton, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Normandy Park, North Creek, Pacific, Parkland, Seattle, Shoreline, Silvania, Snohomish County, Standwood, Tacoma, Tukwila, Woodway.
Washington State Resources
U.S. District Court – Seattle Courthouse
700 Stewart Street
Seattle, WA 98101
U.S. District Court – Tacoma Courthouse
1717 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402-3200