Being arrested and charged with a crime can be a frightening experience, especially at the hands of the federal government. The feds have a special air of authority and power that makes it impossible to feel anything but fear and trepidation when you have fallen into their hands. They also have the resources of the entire federal government at their disposal—that is, they can call on the expertise, equipment, and knowledge of the most powerful nation-state in the world.
To feel that your life is over and that all is lost is natural. Indeed, that is how they want you to feel. However, even the federal government is governed by the Constitution. An arrest by federal authorities makes you no less protected by the Bill of Rights. And the most important one at the time of your arrest is the Fifth Amendment, which states that you cannot be compelled to turn in evidence against yourself.
The people who work in federal law enforcement are the best that there is at their jobs. They have had extensive training and vast experience. They are able to employ a variety of means to get people to talk; to say something that can incriminate them. Federal law enforcement officers are much more subtle and sophisticated than local police. They are unlikely to threaten and intimdate you directly. They will use other kinds of subterfuge to rattle and confuse you.
That is why you should say nothing until your lawyer arrives. This is especially important in a federal case because such a case will be handled by federal prosecutors who will also employ the full power of the United States government to convict you of the crime they have arrested you for. Your best option—in reality, your only option—is to hire a lawyer who specializes in defending people who have been charged with a federal crime.
Bank robbery, band fraud, counterfeiting, civil rights offenses, mail fraud, health care fraud, and firearms offenses are some of the many kinds of federal offenses. If you have been accused of any of these offenses, you are in serious trouble, and you must take action accordingly. Hiring a law firm that has people who are specialized in practicing before the federal bar is your only hope.
It is rare for federal law enforcement officials to do sloppy investigative work. Federal law enforcement agencies are so well-financed and equipped, and their standards are so high, that if you have been targeted and arrested it is likely they have something on you.
To be sure, evidence is not proof and proof is not certainty of guilt. Federal prosecutors must still prove their case against you in the court of law. And this is where your lawyer comes in.
You will find yourself in one of two general situations. Either you are guilty of what they have arrested and charged you for and you must work to get the best outcome possible. Or you are not guilty, and you must work to clear your name.
In the latter instance, it will be up to your lawyer to examine the evidence the feds have against you. Although federal law enforcement and prosecutors have higher standards than local authorities, they are not above stretching a point of fact or law to get a conviction. Defense lawyers who have experience dealing with federal cases will have deep insight into the methods, techniques, and mindset of federal prosecutors. They will undertand the various processes, systems, and structures that govern the way they prosecute a case. Your lawyer will therefore know how to examine and scrutinize the evidence the authorities claim to have against you. Your lawyer will look for weaknesses, gaps, and inconistencies and begin building your defense from that.
Your lawyer will also be able to counsel you during the interrogation. They will tell you when you have to answer questions and when you do not. They will also advise you on what to say and how to say it. Or, if you do not wish to speak at all, they can speak for you.
If there is a fight on bail, your lawyer can act on your behalf. Depending on the kind of crime you have been accused of and your criminal record, the feds may try to get the judge to deny bail. Your lawyer will fight hard against this. In most cases, if you have no criminal record, you will be granted bail, and your lawyer can make all the arrangements that will lead to your freedom until trial.
If you have not done anything wrong, your lawyer will work to expose the truth of this to the court. They will ensure that you receive a fair and impartial hearing. It will be the job of your attorney to gather the facts, introduce experts and eyewitnesses, employ forensic evidence, and apply the relevant bits of law necessary to win the case and clear your name and reputation.
Federal cases can gain noteriety in the media. If yours is especially high profile, your lawyer can help you do the kind of media events that will restore your good name and credibility. This is an essential part of vindication. You do not want the cloud of prosecution to hang over your life indefinitely.
If you are guilty of the crime that federal authorities have arrested you for, your lawyer will work to get you the best deal possible. If you are associated with or part of a larger organization that has been involved in misdeeds, then you might be able to leverage that to your advantage.The feds may be after a larger and much more significant figure. They may agree to a substantially reduced sentence if you are able to supply them with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person they want most.
In such dealings, it is important to have someone you trust on your side. You should leave it to your attorney to draw up any agreement you come up with and to ensure that it fair and reasonable.
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