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Last Updated on: 20th October 2023, 11:28 am
If you’ve been charged with a federal crime, you’re probably wondering—what are my chances of beating this thing? As a defense lawyer whose represented hundreds of federal defendants over the years, I get this question a lot.
The short answer is, it depends. Federal criminal cases vary widely in complexity and strength of evidence. But generally speaking, the odds are stacked against defendants. According to the Pew Research Center, only 2% of federal criminal cases went to trial in 2018, and of those, nearly 8 in 10 ended in convictions. That said, don’t lose hope! With an experienced federal defense lawyer on your side, there are plenty of ways to fight the charges and aim for the best possible outcome.
There’s a few reasons why the deck seems stacked against federal defendants:
With all this working against defendants, it’s easy to get discouraged. But don’t lose hope! Read on to learn some key ways an experienced federal defense attorney can defend your case and aim for the best possible outcome, whether that’s beating the charges at trial or negotiating a favorable plea deal.
Let’s start with the trial path. Going to trial in federal court is less common but can sometimes be the right choice, especially if you have a strong defense and are facing charges with stiff mandatory minimums. Here are some of the main ways we defend federal cases at trial:
A lot of federal cases rely heavily on witness testimony or physical evidence obtained through searches. As your defense lawyer, we’ll scrutinize all the evidence through motions to suppress, aiming to get unreliable evidence thrown out so it can’t be used against you. Some common challenges include:
If we can knock out or undermine the prosecution’s key evidence, it weakens their case and boosts our odds at trial.
Beyond attacking the prosecution’s evidence, we also look for affirmative defenses that excuse otherwise illegal conduct. Some examples:
While affirmative defenses are uphill battles, they provide another avenue to fight the charges.
Even if we can’t beat the charges at trial, presenting mitigating evidence can help reduce your sentencing exposure. We dig into your background, mental health, family issues, or any other extenuating circumstances that the judge can consider in fashioning a fair sentence.
The odds may be long, but it is possible to win at a federal criminal trial with an aggressive defense focused on excluding evidence, raising defenses, and mitigating sentencing. But in many cases, a plea bargain may be the safer route…
Given the low trial rate, most federal cases end in plea bargains. The prosecution usually starts with an inflated offer, hoping to scare you into accepting anything less. But an experienced negotiator can often knock it down significantly. Here’s how we negotiate to get you the best deal possible:
At the end of the day, federal plea deals are about damage control. But by negotiating aggressively, we can often minimize charges, reduce sentencing exposure, and avoid mandatory minimums.
As we’ve seen, “winning” a federal criminal case can mean different things—beating charges at trial, or getting charges dropped or reduced through plea bargaining. Your chances of success depend on several factors:
There are no guarantees when battling federal criminal charges. But an experienced defense lawyer intimately familiar with federal courts, prosecutors, and the latest case law can help maximize your chances at the best possible outcome under the circumstances.
If you or a loved one is charged with a federal crime, don’t go it alone! Get an experienced federal defense lawyer on your side. With sharp defense strategies, aggressive negotiation tactics, and in-depth knowledge of federal sentencing, we can help you navigate this complex process and achieve the most favorable outcome possible. While the odds are daunting, you still have rights. And with hard work and perseverance, it is possible to win – whether at trial or through a plea bargain. Don’t lose hope! The fight is worth it.
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