Federal charges are different than state charges. They involve separate criminal justice systems, court processes, and red tape. Whether or not you’ve been involved with the state court before, the federal court is very different. You need an attorney with experience defending clients facing federal charges such as kidnapping, bank robbery, tax evasion, identify theft, or types of fraud. No matter what your charges, come to our firm in Houston for reliable and aggressive representation. Retaining the right attorney can make all the difference.
What to Expect During a Federal Criminal Case
If a crime occurs on federal property or violates a federal law, the federal government may be in charge of criminal prosecution. When charged with a federal crime, the suspect goes through a federal criminal investigation, pretrial, trial (or plea), and sentencing. The investigation stage can take weeks to years, depending on the situation. You should receive contact from a federal law enforcement agency letting you know an investigation is underway. It is wise to retain an attorney as soon as possible after learning of the investigation.
Next is the pretrial. Once the government charges a suspect with a federal crime, you may face arrest and time in jail (or on bail) before the pretrial. The assistant U.S. attorney must file pretrial motions and provide evidence about the case. The courts will decide whether to dismiss or accept the case. At that point, one of three things can happen:
- The defendant will plead guilty. These cases will move straight to sentencing. It is sometimes in a suspect’s best interest to plead guilty and take a plea deal, which may involve lesser penalties. Your attorney will advise you whether or not to take this route.
- The case goes to trial. If the suspect does not take a plea, the case will go to trial. During a trial, the prosecution and the defense will have the opportunity to speak to the judge and jury. The jury will decide if the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
- The prosecutor dismisses the case. In rare cases, a defense attorney may be able to convince the prosecution to dismiss the case against you.
Once you hear of an investigation or federal charges against you, hire a lawyer. Stay calm, listen to your legal options, and make an informed decision based on your attorney’s recommendations. Our lawyers have spent years working with suspects in federal criminal cases, and want to help you set up your best possible defense. We have highly experienced trial lawyers waiting for your call.
Get the Help You Need When Facing Federal Charges
Successful criminal defense in federal trial requires proven court skills, innovative thinking, and supreme dedication to the craft and the client. At our Houston law firm, our attorneys have fought for those accused of federal and state crimes for decades. We’ve represented a wide range of criminal cases, from white-collar crimes to alleged kidnappings. It is our goal to help suspects in the worst situations learn their rights and find a way out. If we can’t convince the courts to acquit you, we may at least be able to minimize the penalties for a guilty verdict.
Federal charges are serious and can lead to felonies, life in prison, and thousands of dollars in fines. Don’t hesitate to speak to our attorneys as soon as you become aware of a federal investigation or charges against you. Call to speak with one of our talented lawyers at our Houston location or submit our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.