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Pensacola Federal Crimes Lawyer
Federal prosecutors take their job seriously. Backed by the federal government, they often have tremendous resources at their disposal and are known to be among the toughest and most aggressive in the legal workforce.
Luckily for you, so are we.
The truth is that many federal defendants end up behind bars. However, that does not have to be how your story goes. Our trial attorney has the knowledge, experience, and tenacity to fight hard for your case in court, ensuring that no corners are cut when it comes to forming your federal criminal defense.
What Are Federal Crimes?
Federal laws are enacted by Congress and enforced by federal agencies such as the FBI, DEA, and ATF. Most criminal laws are passed at the state level, but some crimes can only be charged in federal court. Federal offenses include violations of constitutional rights, civil rights violations, immigration law violations, copyright infringement, interstate crimes, and more. Thousands of federal laws have been passed throughout our country’s history.
The federal government has the power to prosecute crimes that cross state lines or affect federal interests. Federal crimes are prosecuted by the federal government, not by the state government where the crime was committed. These crimes may also be investigated by state law enforcement agencies under a federal grant or contract.
Federal law enforcement agencies have the power to search your home and property without a warrant, and they may use coercive techniques to try to get you to confess or to implicate someone else. They may also try to get you to agree to a plea bargain, which may be inadvisable if you have a good defense.
Federal crimes are generally felonies, with the most severe penalties. If convicted of a federal crime, you may be sent to a federal prison.
Common Federal Crimes
Crawford Law handles all types of federal crimes.
Common federal crimes can include but are not limited to:
- Armed robbery
- Assaulting or killing a federal officer
- Bank larceny and burglary
- Child pornography
- Computer crime
- Crime aboard an aircraft
- Cyber crimes
- Domestic terrorism
- Drive-by shooting
- Drug smuggling and trafficking
- Election law crimes
- Environmental scheme crimes
- Fraud against the government
- Illegal possession of firearms
- Immigration offenses
- Insider trading crimes
- Insurance fraud
- Medical/healthcare fraud
- Money laundering
- Narcotics violations
- Product tampering
- Public corruption crimes
- Serial murders
- Sex trafficking
- Tax evasion
- Wire fraud
- Weapons violations
What Is the Difference Between a Federal Crime & a State Crime?
Federal crimes are prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office, and therefore, have more serious consequences than state-level offenses. In addition, federal cases must adhere to specific procedures outlined in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Furthermore, federal courts are presided over by U.S. District Judges, who generally impose harsher sentences as compared to state judges.
Can I Face Charges in Federal Court & State Court?
Sometimes, a person can be charged with federal and state offenses for the same action or behavior. This is known as dual sovereignty and can lead to serious complications during a criminal trial. If you’ve been accused of a crime that might involve both federal and state charges, it’s important to speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
If you are suspected of violating federal law, you may be subject to a federal investigation. The agencies that prosecute these crimes often engage in sophisticated and extensive investigations that can take months or years to complete. No expense is spared to gather substantial amounts of evidence that can be used for a conviction.
This can involve agents from the FBI, DEA, ATF, or other agencies interviewing witnesses, collecting documentation, and more. In some cases, agents may attempt to interview you before you have the chance to speak with an attorney. You should never expose yourself to law enforcement questioning without the protection of a trusted criminal defense attorney. These agents engage in various tactics to make their case. Through stress and pressure, you can easily say something that could later be used against you in court.
Understanding the Federal Court System
The federal court system is divided into three tiers: District Courts, Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Supreme Court. Cases begin in the District Courts and may be appealed at other levels depending on the outcome of each decision. Ultimately, the Supreme Court has the final say in all federal cases.
What Happens Upon a Conviction of a Federal Crime?
The consequences of a federal conviction depend on the severity of the offense and any relevant sentencing guidelines. Generally, those convicted may face fines, restitution payments, prison time, or a combination of these punishments. In some cases, probation may be available as an alternative to incarceration.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may be deported. Deportation may result from a conviction even if the crime itself did not involve crossing state lines or violating federal interests.
Trial-Tested Federal Criminal Defense Representation
There's no time to waste if you are under a federal investigation. At Crawford Law, we will answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide the guidance and support you need every step of the way.
If you have already been arrested or charged, the sooner you put our firm in your corner, the sooner we can begin our investigation and the process of building your defense.
Under federal investigation? Arrested or charged? Discuss the details of your situation with our Pensacola federal crimes attorney at Crawford Law. Call (850) 220-2098 or contact us online.
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