11 Apr 23

Federal Crimes FAQ

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Last Updated on: 4th August 2023, 06:37 pm

Frequently Asked Questions about Federal Crimes

If you have been involved in a federal crime or are under investigation, you may have several questions. This article provides answers to some of these frequently asked questions.

Should I hire a lawyer if I am under federal investigation but have not been charged?

Yes, you should. If you are under federal investigation, it is only a matter of time before you are arrested or indicted. That is why it is crucial to work with an experienced and qualified attorney. Once the investigation starts, contact an attorney immediately. They will be able to collect information about the process, protect your rights and prevent an indictment. They can help to form your case so that your chances of success increase drastically.

What is the difference between Federal and State Crimes?

The primary difference between Federal and State crimes lies in their jurisdiction. A State crime is limited by state boundaries, while a Federal Felony occurs across states or involves other countries. For instance, regular DUIs, traffic offenses, thefts, battery cases typically fall under state law; however, crimes committed on federal property or include smuggling practices into the country come under federal law. There may also be instances where cases may be prosecuted both f Federally and statewide.

Who investigates and prosecutes Federal Crimes?

Federal agencies like Secret Service, ATF (Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms), FBI among others usually investigate most federal crimes with assistance occasionally from state police departments as required.
The prosecution for Federal Crimes lies within the U.S Attorney’s Office who may employ U.S Department of Justice attorneys in specific situations.

What role do Grand Juries play in Federal Investigations and Prosecutions?

Grand Juries perform various investigations ranging from determining whether a federal crime has occurred to identifying who committed it during proceedings closed to the public.
In certain cases after probable cause has been established, defendants are indicted for violating the law without testifying or sharing evidence.

If someone is under Federal investigation, will they be asked to testify before a Grand Jury?

When the target of Federal investigation is subpoenaed for testimony by the grand jury, it usually means that there exists enough evidence linking them to criminal activity against which the inquiry was launched. Before resorting to subpoenas, prosecutors attempt to persuade targeted individuals into voluntary cooperation.

What is Asset Forfeiture?

Asset forfeiture involves seizing and confiscating cash and property that are linked to criminal activities by the Federal Government. In criminal cases, defendants’ properties may be seized as per the provisions of Federal Law. With an experienced attorney’s help, you can firght for the retention of your assets and reclaim them after their seizure.

Are there guidelines for Federal Sentencing?

The federal court employs comprehensive sentencing guidelines divided into 43 levels with points often included in determining the sentencing zone alongside prison time for punishment. Sometimes judges also raise or lower such sentences upon prudent discretion based on further admisison available during trials. It is a set of complicated regulations used for sentencing offenders that stand as stricter than state-level counterparts upon conviction.

Is it possible to appeal a Federal Court verdict?

Yes, after Conviction at a federal level, there often remain room and rights available to appeal within due process through qualifiied defense counsel with good experience exploring correct venues and filing petitions thereof with scope granted by rejections of defending attorneys associated in initial hearings.

If you have any other questions regarding your criminal defense on a federal level, please contact our office today. Our expert attorneys aim towards negotiating amicable solutions and judgements inside ethical parameters while building a compelling case for our clients.