Charged With A Federal Offense? Here Is What To Expect
Federal Charges Are Different From State Charges
Federal criminal defense cases are very different from state cases. They are significantly more challenging but the laws, rules, procedures and penalties are also different.
Multiple Federal Agencies Are Likely Involved
When it comes to federal cases, there is more than just local law enforcement involved. Local police may be aided by one or more federal agencies, such as the FBI, DEA or ATF. These federal agencies spend a substantial amount of time gathering evidence and building their case.
Extensive Evidence Used To Convict
The sheer volume of evidence gathered in federal cases is also much more substantial than for state offenses. A typical state case may have a folder or two of documents, while a typical federal case may have boxes of documents that will be used to convict you.
Common Federal Charges
Charges that are frequently handled in federal court include:
- Major drug crimes, such as drug manufacturing or drug trafficking
- White collar crimes, like fraud, embezzlement, conspiracy and money laundering
Penalties Associated With Federal Offenses
The penalties for federal crimes tend to be more severe. If you are convicted, you can expect substantial fines and time in prison. You will have a criminal record that will jeopardize your future even when you do get out of prison.
If you face federal charges, enlisting a lawyer who is experienced in these cases is crucial.
How Our Team Can Help
At the Swain Law Group, based in Norman, Oklahoma, our team of criminal defense attorneys has defended against many federal offenses. We take an aggressive stance to prevent a conviction or minimize the penalties you face. We are prepared to dive into the boxes of evidence, sifting through it piece by piece to find the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.
Our team understands how federal agencies and prosecutors function and, despite their aggressiveness, are fully prepared to face them in trial if that is what it takes.
Under Investigation For A Federal Crime?
It is never too soon to retain a lawyer. If you are contacted by investigators, or if you receive a charging letter, you need an attorney—even if you are told that you are not a suspect and even if you are told you will not be charged, you should be proactive. Investigators say many things to get people to open up and reveal information that may be used against them.
A Free Federal Criminal Defense Consultation
Please reach out to our team before speaking with any law enforcement agent. Early intervention by our team could prevent prosecutors from filing charges against you.