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How to Choose a Federal Defense Attorney

Federal defense attorneys are some of the most common attorneys in many states. They offer court representation to people accused of federal crimes such as tax, healthcare, and environmental frauds. Mostly, federal prosecutors have few cases to handle. They are likely to deny pleas that favor the defendants. Therefore, it is advisable to have a skilled federal defense attorney by your side when accused of committing a federal crime. Here are essential tips to help you choose the best federal defense lawyer for your case:

Go for the Right Kind of a Federal Defense Attorney

It will not make sense for a drug trafficking federal defense lawyer to represent you when facing an environmental fraud accusation. Therefore, you need to think about the specific kind of federal defense attorney that you need. The allegations filed against you will help you know the type of attorney to consider. It is advisable to choose a federal defense attorney who has specialized in the specific type of crime you are accused of to increase the chances of winning.

Make Sure the Lawyer is Experienced in Handling Similar Cases
An inexperienced federal defense attorney whose area of specialty is sex crimes can fail to find his way around federal court proceedings when defending a person accused of a severe sex crime. Therefore, it is important to choose a federal defense attorney who has handled many similar cases to yours. An experienced attorney knows how to respond to prosecutors and judges and at the right time.

Go for a Lawyer with Excellent Communication Skills

Communication is one of the critical things to consider when dealing with a federal defense attorney. You will need to explain your side of the story to him. If the attorney does not know how to communicate effectively, he may not understand your charges and rights. Also, he will have a hard time representing you in court. It is imperative to go for a federal defense lawyer who knows how to communicate with clients efficiently to avoid these misfortunes.

Choose a Trustworthy Lawyer
Most people only want to hear about the good results that a federal defense attorney promises to deliver. Some of these attorneys tell their potential clients what they want to hear for them to get hired. It is advisable to scrutinize everything that an attorney says. Go for a federal defense attorney who is honest and practices integrity. For instance, you should choose a professional who can assess a case and predict the possible outcome without giving fake promises.

Go for What You Can Afford

Some federal defense attorneys demand a lot of money for their services. However, it is possible to get competent lawyers who charge reasonably for their services. The complexity of a case determines how expensive the services provided by such an attorney will be. Choose a federal defense attorney who offers free consultation services and one who you can afford. Also, ensure that you check if the attorney gets paid on an hourly basis or a flat fee.

Schedule a Face-to-Face Meeting with the Attorney

After considering the things discussed above and determining the federal defense attorney who is right for you, you should now meet him/her. Meeting with the professional will help you know if you are comfortable telling him/her about your personal issues or not. If you feel okay around the expert, you should hire him/her immediately. However, if everything does not feel right, it is advisable to go to the next one.

Ask Your Attorney All the Questions That You Have
You might have a lot of questions regarding your case, especially if you find yourself on the wrong side of the law for the first time. Your federal defense attorney is the right person to ask these questions. It is important to ask about the number of successful cases handled by the attorney in the past, his referees, and why he is the best candidate to handle your case.

Facing a federal crime is one of the hardest things a person can experience. However, with a good federal defense attorney, your charges can be dropped. Getting such an attorney is not easy because many federal defense attorneys who are available claim to be good at their work, which is not always the case. Getting referrals from your friends or relatives who have hired such attorneys in the past may also help you choose a competent lawyer for your case.

How Immunity Works In Federal Criminal Cases?

Federal crimes are often quite serious in nature, difficult to prove, or be perpetrated by a large network of powerful personalities possessing important connections. In such instances, identifying the alleged guilty parties can prove challenging.

When these circumstances arise, prosecutors must often use whatever tools are at their disposal to bring such crimes to light and the suspected offenders to justice. One such legal apparatus said legal professionals might choose to employ is known as immunity.

Spodek Law Group, a New Jersey-based criminal defense firm, invites followers to read on to learn more about the immunity process.

Immunity Overview

Immunity is a legally-binding agreement in which an individual directly participating in some type of offense or who possess information about said behavior. In exchange, the testifier is given some formal guarantee that they will receive less stiffer or, in some cases, no punishment at all for their involvement in said acts.

The Benefits Of Offering Immunity

Opponents of such arrangements opine that immunity often offers criminals a proverbial get out of jail free card. However, proponents maintain that said agreements lead to the uncovering or major crimes and the apprehension of their alleged perpetrators.

Moreover, individuals given the chance to avoid stiff punishments like federal prison time typically far more willing to cooperate with federal prosecutors than those not offered such incentives.

The Three Types Of Immunity In Federal Cases

There are three types of immunity commonly handed out in federal criminal cases, proffer letter immunity, letter immunity, and statutory immunity.

Proffer Letter Immunity

Proffer letter arrangements are documented pacts between the recipient and the federal government offering said individual the opportunity to disclose their knowledge about a specific case or incident without being subject to prosecution.

Legal scholars maintain that this is the weakest immunity contract one can be presented for certain notable reasons.

First, prosecutors can use any testimony the recipient offered to gather additional evidence against them. Moreover, if the proffer letter beneficiary contradicts evidence given during the initial proceedings, said subject could be subject to legal punishments.

Letter Immunity

This form of exoneration is a written deal negotiated between the government and the recipient that prohibits federal authorities from turning any information they provide against them or using this evidence to collect further proof of wrongdoing. Letter immunity is considered stronger protection than the Proffer differentiation.

Statutory Immunity

Occasionally, a federal judge might rule that an immunity candidate’s testimony is particularly important and mandate the witness offer said testimony in a legal proceeding.

However this specific court order stands in direct violation of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution protecting people from self incrimination. When such circumstances arise, testimony presented cannot be used against the disclosing individual in any way.

Formulating Immunity Agreements

In some cases, a witness might request immunity in exchange for vital information. At other times, prosecutors or other adjudicating establishments might offer an individual bearing valuable testimony an immunity deal.

Several factors often play into a prosecutor’s decision to either offer immunity. Said legal professionals will usually weigh the value of the testimony the witness can provide, the severity of the witness’s involvement in he criminal act in question, and the testifier’s perceived credibility.

Typically, the agreement is made in a formal written document listing the agreed terms and other pertinent stipulations and is formally endorsed by a high ranking government official. When a draft is authored, said document is presented to the intended recipient and they are given a certain amount of time to accept the offer.

Important Considerations

Some may view an immunity offer as a simple open and shut case. However, those offered said agreements often must consider other significant issues, like betraying friends and associates, admitting their role in a major crime and the potentially negative consequences said admonition could have, and the fear of retribution from those the testifier’s admissions incriminate.

The Importance Of A Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

The immunity process is not as simple as it is portrayed on television shows. Those given the decision to accept immunity deals often must consider numerous important issues and attempt to negotiate an arrangement most befitting of their needs. This process should not be undertaken without the assistance of an experienced federal criminal attorney.


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Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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2021-03-03
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2021-03-02
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Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
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Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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L.C.
2021-02-24
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I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
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2021-02-23
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I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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