If you are convicted of a federal crime in the Tulsa area, your life will dramatically change. While the range of federal crimes and their penalties is significant, a conviction of many types of charges could result in you spending years behind bars and paying huge fines. With so much riding on your case, you understandably need as much professional assistance as you can get. Your defense deserves your full attention, so your next step should be to find a federal criminal defense lawyer who you can count on for quality representation throughout the case. With more than 50 years of combined experience in federal criminal cases, our legal team at Spodek Law Group is the Tulsa firm that you can turn to today.
What to Expect from Your Criminal Defense Lawyer
The unfortunate reality is that the level of attention that your case receives and the quality of the defense could vary depending on the lawyer you hire. Understanding what you should expect from your federal criminal defense attorney can help you to make a smart hiring decision upfront. To understand the true value that the right lawyer adds to your case, you must understand the lengthy federal criminal process.
Well before charges are filed against you, the process begins with an investigation. This investigation may include several rounds of questioning, searches and even the seizure of property that may be used as evidence against you. Because these activities can play a significant role in your case, your criminal defense attorney should be involved in the case as soon as possible. At this stage of the case, the attorney will ensure that all of your rights are preserved. You may also receive substantial legal advice from your attorney so that you can avoid making incriminating statements or actions.
Once charges have been filed, you may work more closely with your federal criminal defense attorney. The attorney will represent you at the initial court hearing and can work to ensure that the bail amount is reasonable. If your attorney has not already done so, he or she will begin building your defense at this early stage in the legal process. This ensures that the attorney has ample time to strategically create a defense that is in your best interest.
The initial hearing is followed by steps like discovery and sometimes plea bargaining. Various pre-trial motions may also be filed. While your attorney is working on your defense, he or she will represent you in these areas. Depending on the situation, your attorney could work to reduce the charges against you or even to get the charges dropped entirely.
The trial for a federal criminal case can last for weeks in some cases. During this time, your attorney will need to carefully and clearly present your defense. Because of this, your attorney must be organized, focused and a skilled orator. If you are convicted, the case will move to sentencing. Your criminal defense attorney will continue working on the case by arguing for a lighter sentence. The case may even proceed beyond this stage. If you choose to appeal, you may work with the same attorney who originally represented you because that professional is familiar with all aspects of your case.
Your criminal case may extend for years, so you need to hire the right professional for the job as early in the process as possible. Now that you know what to expect from your defense attorney, you need to know what to look for as you make a hiring decision.
Essential Legal Experience and Skills
There are dozens of types of federal crimes. In addition, there are approximately 20 federal law enforcement regulatory agencies that may investigate specific crimes. For each type of specific crime, there may be a dozen or more different types of charges that you could face. For example, health care fraud may include insurance fraud, medical billing fraud, falsification of records, Medicaid fraud and more. White-collar crimes include embezzlement, political corruption, lending fraud, bribery and others. No lawyer can be an expert in all types of federal crimes. As you research lawyers initially, it is important to pay attention to the types of criminal cases that each lawyer represents. If you are arrested for bankruptcy fraud, a criminal defense lawyer who specializes in drug cases may not be in your best interest.
However, you should look beyond finding a white-collar crimes lawyer, a drug lawyer or some other broad specialty. Because so many different types of charges can fall under one category, you should find an attorney whose experiences are aligned with your case. During your initial consultation, ask the lawyer about specific cases he or she has worked on that have been similar to yours. In addition, get details about the lawyer’s track record. Busy lawyers may not keep a tally of convictions, plea bargains and more. However, the lawyer should be able to indicate in some way that he or she is effective in defending clients.
Schedule an Initial Consultation
Your next step should be to request an initial consultation with a member of our legal team in Tulsa. Through an initial consultation with the legal team at Spodek Law Group, you can better determine if we are the right criminal defense law firm for your case. Request a consultation online or by phone today.