You are under arrest. You have been read your rights, taken into custody, and charged. It is a difficult and frightening time. The fact that has struck the most fear in you is that the warrant for your arrest was written and executed by federal authorities.
An arrest for a federal crime is a serious matter. You should be in no doubt about your situation: you are in big trouble. If a federal law enforcement agency has come after you, the federal prosecutors who handle the case will not rest until they have a conviction or have extracted some other concession that is of value to them.
Federal authorities can call upon the resources of the United States government. They will have access to some of the best experts, labs, data bases, and other professionals and facilities to be found anywhere in the world. Federal law enforcement officers are highly trained, and they maintain the highest standards in surveillance, evidence collection, and other basic police processes. Federal prosecutors are among some of the best prosecutors in the nation. If the federal government has built a case against you, then they no doubt have something.
However, not even the federal authorities can circumvent the Constitution to get a conviction. Your arrest does not mean that all of your rights are suddenly thrown out of the window. The Bill of Rights still applies. And you must exercise the one that is most crucial at this time: your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.
No one can compel you to give testimony or evidence that will lead your incrimination; and it is best to keep quiet until your attorney arrives. Federal law enforcement officers are very good at interrogation. They tend to be much more subtle when trying to get information from suspects. They are much too professional to try to coerce, threaten, or bully you. They will, however, make every other effort to get you to say something or write something that can be used against you in court.
Once your lawyer arrives, they will be able to advise you as to the questions you have to answer and those that you do not. Or, if you do not want to answer questions at all at that moment, your lawyer can speak for you.
There are two general situations in which people under arrest find themselves. Either they did not do what they have been accused of and must clear their name or they did do what they are accused of and must work for the best deal possible.
If you are innocent of the charges against you, it is imperative that you hire a lawyer who has extensive expertise and experience in defending people who have been accused of federal crimes. Bank robbery, band fraud, counterfeiting, civil rights offenses, mail fraud, health care fraud, and firearms offenses are federal crimes. If you have been charged with one or more of these, then you need a tough, able, disciplined, and highly skilled federal crimes defence lawyer in your corner.
Although federal authorities are highly professional, they are not perfect. Evidence is not necessarily proof, and not all proof is beyond reasonable doubt. It will be the job of your lawyer to scrutinize what the feds have on you. They will gather the facts, introduce expert and witness testimony, employ forensic evidence when appropriate, and apply those parts of the law that are relevant to your case.
Your lawyer will ensure that you are treated fairly, that you are given an impartial trial, and that any exculpatory evidence that surfaces is brought into the court room.
Depending on what the feds have accused you of and your criminal record, they may try to get the judge to deny you bail. If you do not have a criminal record, and you are a person of good standing in your community, then your attorney will see to it that you get bail.
Going up against a federal prosecutor is no easy task. You should not put your life into the hands of an attorney who is unseasoned—who has little or no experience with such cases. Defence lawyers who specialize in federal crimes understand the systems, structures, and processes that govern how federal prosecutors pursue a case. Such defence lawyers will have deep knowledge and insight as to the various motions, filing, and actions that the counsellor they are up against will undertake. You need someone with this kind of understanding on your side. They can ensure that the truth comes out, and that you are able to demonstrate your innocence decisively in court.
If the charges are dropped or you win the case, you will also need an attorney to help you rebuild your name and reputation. Federal court cases can be highly visible. You have your family and career to think about, so you will need to ensure that the public knows that you are innocent of the crime you were accused of.
You will also need a lawyer for the other instance: the one in which you are guilty as charged. If this is the case, then you will need your attorney to help get you the best deal possible. If you are part of or associated with a larger organization that the feds are looking at you can leverage your inside knowledge to get a less severe sentence.
The authorities may be after someone who is much more significant than you; they may want to bring down the top people in whatever activity you were involved in. Your attorney can negotiate with federal prosecutors on your behalf. If you have information that they deem vital, then your lawyer will drive a hard bargain so that you get a deal that is commensurate with your value to their investigation and that is fair to you.
It is important to hire a lawyer with significant experience defending clients like you. It takes a special kind of defence lawyer to go up against the federal government. You want such a professional on your side.
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