Have you been contacted for a federal investigation or accused of committing a federal crime? What many people do not know is that the federal system is very similar to the state system in law and procedure. It is important to understand the differences because they are crucial. Federal crimes can be more complex and time consuming; it is essential to have an attorney that has experience in that area.
There are certain steps you must take if you are contacted for a federal investigation:
- Contact a lawyer that has experience in working in the federal system and can represent you in the most significant way
- Create a plan of defense with your attorney on what the investigation is about and how you plan to approach it
- Work with your lawyer to understand what information to disclose, so that you don’t inadvertently incriminate yourself in an investigation. It is crucial to be honest, but you do not want to incriminate yourself
The first step will have a significant impact on your case, so it is the most important one. You want a lawyer that will defend your best interests and will be there throughout the process. In certain cases, because federal defense crimes are more complex, it is easier to say something incriminating and fall victim to confusion and wrongfully incriminate yourself in the investigation. Your attorney will also work with the United States attorney to help you explore your rights and options and guide you towards a settlement for a lesser offense or possibly even dismiss your charges altogether.
Another part of the federal defense process is being subpoenaed to testify at a grand jury proceeding. Although you are not being charged with a crime, it is definitely helpful to have an attorney to help prepare and guide you through this process. As a witness to a federal offense there is the potential of saying things that could tarnish the defense or to get flustered on the stand.
Some examples of federal crimes are:
- Mail Fraud
- Child Pornography
- Bank Robbery
- Tax Evasion
- Identity Theft
- Computer Crimes
These federal crimes will be prosecuted under federal criminal law and are investigated by government agencies. Some of these government agencies include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). These agencies have different tasks that help investigate the various federal crimes. If you are convicted of a federal crime you will be sentenced to a federal prison instead of a state prison to serve your time.
At The Hoffman Firm, we have represented many clients charged with federal crimes throughout South Florida and a broad range of other offenses. If you find yourself charged with a federal crime it is important to have someone that will protect your interests and guide you through every stage of the legal process. The legal process can be incredibly stressful, it is essential to have someone that will be your voice and has the experience of representing South Florida residents. We are dedicated to providing you with the best legal defense and are compassionate of your needs throughout this process. Call us now at (305) 249-0090 or contact us online to set up your free, confidential consultation now.