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Being charged with a federal crime can be an incredibly scary and overwhelming experience. Public corruption charges in particular carry serious penalties and can completely upend your life. However, it’s important to remember that you still have rights and options. Don’t panic – take a deep breath and start educating yourself. This article will walk you through some key steps to take if you find yourself facing federal public corruption charges.
The very first thing you need to do is get a lawyer, period. Federal charges are no joke – the federal government has tons of resources and will hit you with the full force of the law. You absolutely need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney on your side ASAP. Don’t try to handle this yourself. Federal courts and laws are extremely complex. An attorney who specializes in federal cases will understand the unique rules and procedures. They can advise you on the best defense strategies for your specific situation.
If you can’t afford a private attorney, don’t panic. You have the right to a public defender, who is a free lawyer appointed by the court. Public defenders are often very skilled – they handle federal cases all the time. While hiring private counsel is ideal if you can swing it, a public defender is way better than going it alone.
After you get a lawyer, their first advice will likely be to not say anything about your case to anyone except them. That means no talking to police, investigators, the media, coworkers, friends or family. This is because anything you say can potentially be used against you. Your lawyer needs to understand the full details before advising you on next steps. Let them handle all communication about the case. Pleading the Fifth Amendment gives you the right to remain silent – use it!
Make sure you understand exactly what you’ve been charged with. Public corruption is a broad term – charges could include bribery, extortion, wire fraud, racketeering, money laundering, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and more. Look up the specific statutes so you understand the elements prosecutors must prove. Your lawyer will explain the charges and potential penalties so you know exactly what you’re up against.
Your lawyer will want to start gathering evidence and building a defense strategy right away. Gather any documents, records, communications, etc. related to your case. Think back on witnesses who can corroborate your story. Write down a detailed timeline of relevant events. Give your lawyer access to electronic devices and accounts if needed. Providing evidence quickly can really help build your defense.
Your lawyer may advise negotiating a plea bargain, where you plead guilty in return for lesser charges or a lighter sentence. More than 90% of federal cases end in plea bargains. It’s extremely hard to beat federal charges at trial. Talk to your lawyer about the pros and cons of pleading out – it may be your best chance to avoid harsh penalties.
If you do decide to take your case to trial, get ready for a long battle. Your lawyer will file motions to get evidence and statements suppressed or dismissed. You’ll need to work closely with them to prepare testimony and cross-examinations. They’ll retain expert witnesses if needed. Federal trials often take weeks or months, so make arrangements with work and family. It’s a difficult process, but could lead to acquittal.
If convicted, work with your lawyer to avoid or minimize jail time. Options may include cooperation agreements, minimum security facilities, home confinement, probation, etc. Your record, charges and plea bargain will factor in. It’s still possible to rebuild your life after federal charges, but requires a lot of work.
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