The socio-political climate in Columbus, Ohio, can make it hard for defendants facing federal prosecutions to vindicate themselves. This region of the country can be sheepish and passive when it comes to dealing with the government. Jurors are bound to accept the credibility of government officials over your own even if you offer compelling testimony at trial. For this reason, you need a talented federal criminal defense attorney if you want to stand a chance.
An experienced federal defense attorney can put pressure on the prosecution by revealing all the weaknesses in their case. Legal theories are very fragile. They are composed of many elements and are poked full of holes because there are many defenses. Prosecutors get away with a lot of errors if they are convinced themselves that you are a bad guy and are able to turn the bias of judges against you.
However, when you have a criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in fighting for the rights of their clients, you can do some serious damage to their cases. Only an attorney with decades of experience studying the law and keeping themselves educated on all the changes can provide competent care in a complex criminal case. The prosecutors are forced to bend and will offer easy plea bargains or will even drop the cases when they see that they won’t win at trial.
Overview of the Initial Federal Criminal Process
The federal criminal process begins with an investigation. The officers may obtain search warrants with or without probable cause and wire-tapping style warrants that monitor your cellphones and computers. They may even begin profiling you. It is not uncommon for federal agents to actually move in next door to someone whom they are investigating to monitor them 24/7.
Once the federal agents have profiled you and have an understanding of your weaknesses, they may try to fabricate evidence of a crime when the law prevents a legal prosecution. For all the efforts wasted, they need something to show for it at the end of the day.
Therefore, if they know that you go to a certain place and that you are remotely interested in buying antique firearms, they may create a situation where an agent or a confidential informant leads you into a sting. They may lead you into exploring a collection of guns and may leave the door open about the legality of some weapons.
Even if this is entrapment, it can be difficult to prove secret associations with police. But the Feds are known for carrying out elaborate Hollywood-style stings that include actors, deep undercover agents, and the whole 9 yards. They have famously infiltrated outlaw motorcycle gangs and worked their way into the clubs to spy on every backroom activity and conversation. They will use these same methods even on garden variety suspicions of criminal activity or against innocent people when a lot of money is at stake.
In fact, in United States v. Jacobsen, 503 U.S. 540 (1992), the federal agents had set up an elaborate sting by targeting a man who purchased child pornography when it was once legal. In order to entice him into buying more after the prohibition, they mailed him promotional materials to purchase young nudist magazines. They created a pseudo-criminal situation that would not otherwise occur without their constant pressuring and marketing.
After you are arrested, you may be confused by the charges. The federal prosecutions can be overzealous and may try to make a case out of anything if they expended enough time in fruitless monitoring. Nevertheless, you will be brought before a judge within 72 hours for a bail hearing. This is your opportunity for release to start gathering evidence to support your defense. You should, however, be very careful not to communicate anything that could be used against because you may be under close monitoring.
After your arrest, the prosecutor will be forced to demonstrate probable cause for your arrest. This is the perfect opportunity for a skilled defense attorney to dismiss a weak case. If there are any major flaws in the narrative, the case can end here. Contact our law firm to discuss the rest of the process.