If you’ve been accused of committing a federal crime, you probably have many questions and concerns. Federal crimes can be anything from drug charges to white collar crimes. As you may already be aware, federal courts and the criminal proceedings operate much differently than their state criminal counterparts. An attorney that’s skilled in federal criminal defense is an absolute necessity in these matters.
The absolute first thing you should do is seek out a skilled federal criminal attorney. You’ll want to prepare questions to interview them and prepare any documentation you may have to support your case. Explaining the entire scenario and providing as much detail as possible will give them a better idea as to how they can assist you. Occasionally, they may be able to provide you with some feedback as to how the case may play out. Be certain to disclose any details that may not show you in a positive light. These things may be viewed from a completely different perspective from a legal standpoint.
The next step may be surprising to some; however, it’ll make the process much easier for most facing this type of major life event. Hiring a therapist is typically recommended for many people facing federal criminal charges. This is incredibly beneficial for sorting out your thoughts and being able to handle your emotions in a more constructive manner. Therapists are also able to help you come up with coping strategies that can be used whenever you feel a considerable amount of stress. Being thoroughly honest with the therapist is important for them to accurately understand exactly what you’re going through. A skilled therapist can get to the root cause of the issues and provide you with a diagnosis if applicable. With appropriate care, you may be able to avoid future concerns. You’ll also be able to seek other medical care if appropriate to effectively treat the condition.
The federal criminal process differs greatly from state level cases. The process tends to be much more complex and hiring an attorney with federal level experience is strongly advised. The order of events and the way they’re handled and by whom also differs. The United States Department of Justice, Offices of the United States Attorneys website offers a comprehensive outline of the entire process and how it works. Click here to access their website for more information.
Attorney-client privilege is one of the biggest assets to any court case. This protects you and the attorney from disclosing any information that falls under this designation. After you’ve been notified of an investigation or charges being filed against you, it’s important that you mark all documents clearly at the top with this designation. This way, any information that’s requested of you after the proceedings are underway will be protected information. While there are specifics and limitations that your attorney will review with you, it’s a protective step you can take on your own. Attorney-client privilege is one of the biggest advantages in any criminal matter and especially in federal criminal cases.
If your case is high-profile in nature, it’s important that you not discuss the matters publicly and especially not with the media. As we’ve seen in the news repeatedly, things are often taken out of context and used against the individual or company being charged. Even discussing the matters with friends and family should be avoided. While it’s unlikely that most people will be subjected to extreme surveillance measures such as phone tapping, private investigators are often used in these matters. Keeping a low profile and maintaining your composure is critical during any type of investigation or criminal proceeding.
Our attorneys will be happy to discuss your case or investigation. We have helped many people beat or significantly reduce the impact of federal criminal charges. We’ll provide you with the best feedback possible and work out an arrangement that’ll provide you with the best possible defense and outcome. Get in touch with us online or by telephone, today.
Advice For People Facing Federal Criminal Charges
If you find yourself facing federal criminal charges, one of the first things that you should do is contact an attorney who can walk you through the legal process and inform you of your rights as well as possible sentences that you could face. Your attorney should be someone who can coordinate defenses regarding the crime that you committed. When you’re charged with a federal crime, you face some of the most serious sentences possible. Whether you know that you’re innocent or guilty of the crime, you will likely face intense stress that can begin to impact your relationships and other aspects of your life. Most of the time, you will stay in jail until your trial if you are charged with a federal crime. This is a time when you need to think about the actions that you committed and how you can change this area of your life. It is not just the city that you live in or even the state that you live in that has said that you’ve committed a crime. The federal government has made the decision to charge you.
Try not to let the laws get the upper hand. You have a right to give details about the crime that you are charged with, and if you know that you’re innocent, then you need to be able to present evidence that supports this information. When you’re charged with a federal crime, then the officers might think that they can bully you into giving information about yourself or about other people, especially if they have been watching someone you know and are trying to gather enough evidence against that person. You should also avoid being talked into accepting any kind of plea deal until you talk to your attorney. Sometimes, the prosecution will try to make it seem like a plea deal would be the best option that you have and that if you don’t accept the deal, then you would go to prison for numerous years. Your attorney will be able to help you decide whether you should accept a plea or if you should fight the charges against you in court after reviewing the evidence against you.
After being charged with a federal crime, you need to think before you act or talk. You need to play your routine in a safe manner instead of jumping to conclusions. This is usually what the prosecution wants you to do and often suspects that you don’t have an attorney and don’t know anything about the law. If you research the crimes that you’re charged with and understand what the prosecution can and can’t do in court, then you’ll be in a better position to stand up for yourself when you go to court. The prosecution might seem like they are looking out for you, but they are only looking out for the federal government and protecting the justice system. The only thing that the prosecution wants to do is get people in and out of the courtroom and to get people sentenced who have committed crimes.
At times, you could be offered immunity if you accept a plea deal or if you accept an arrangement that is offered by the prosecution, but there is no guarantee that you’ll receive complete immunity. Try to find some way that you can deal with the stress that you face. Write about the details of your charges in a journal. If there are other people involved in the crime that you’re charged with, then talk to your attorney about these people to try to determine the best way to approach the prosecution about a deal or immunity.
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