If you are being prosecuted for a federal crime in Memphis, Tennessee, you need help fast. The federal system is designed for maximum efficiency and does not tolerate delays and errors as much as the state system. In the federal system, appeals are hard to obtain, which makes the trial and pre-trial events critical in your defense. In fact, because nearly 97 percent of cases in plea bargains, you cannot overlook the value of early pre-trial processes that define the case.
Examples of Federal Crimes We Handle:
- Computer crimes
- Drug trafficking
- Safe Neighborhood Act violations
- Illegal arms dealing
- Tax evasion
- Tax fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Bank robbery
- And any of the 4,500 federal crimes
What Can You Expect from Our Firm
When you hire our Memphis law firm to represent you in federal criminal proceedings, you can expect the best value for your money. Because we are not in an education phase, we can deftly decide what errors to highlight and what defenses to pursue. We know how to methodically breakdown and destroy a prosecutor’s theory. We can offer help at every phase of the case.
In the early phases of a case, the federal agents are looking for substance. It doesn’t matter what you say because they can twist it around to mean something else by adding their own inferences and ad-lib. For this reason, clients need to be very careful whenever they are approached by federal agents or anyone they don’t know. Always have our number to call for immediate assistance. And never let them coerce you by pleading at your concerns for someone’s safety, desire for convenience, or your fears (by promising leniency or using other methods of persuasion).
Bailing Out of Jail
The Feds have a huge advantage when you are sitting in the pen. They know that you aren’t gathering any surprise evidence to bring against them at trial and can monitor all your conversations to undermine all your defenses and strengthen their prosecution. The jails are also full of informants who regularly tip off guards and may even wear wires to record you. In fact, in many cells there are intercoms that can be used to spy on you and monitor you. Our Memphis law firm can work fast to get you out by demonstrating the paucity of the case against you or highlighting other factors that necessitate your immediate release. We are usually able to lower the bail amount and can negotiate any conditions of release such as ankle monitors or restrictions.
Assessing the Evidence Against You
Our job is to comb through the charging documents and to force the prosecutors to make full disclosure of any incriminating or exculpatory evidence (evidence of innocence). Manipulation of evidence to polarize the issues into a black and white certainty is the goal of every prosecutor. Nothing in life is ever this cut and dry. We can spot holes in the chain of evidence and redactions from evidence disclosures. Obvious redactions often indicate favorable evidence that may raise reasonable doubts regarding your guilt.
Pre-Trial Motion Practice
Important motions have to be filed before trial to ensure fundamental fairness. We cannot allow inflammatory evidence, unlawfully acquired evidence, and hearsay evidence that is inherently unreliable to influence and prejudice jurors in the absence of actual evidence regarding the elements of the crime. Preserving these issues helps to build leverage in the plea-bargaining process and on appeals.
Trial or Plea Deal?
We can assess the strength of your case and advise you of whether or not you should take a negotiated plea deal for a more lenient sentence. In nearly every federal case (97 percent), a plea bargain ends the case and leads to an agreed upon sentence. If you have a strong case, however, or surprise evidence that would blow away the prosecution’s theory, you may want to go to trial.
We will pull out all the stops to ensure the integrity and fairness of your trial and preserve all the errors for appeals. And if you need help in direct appeals, post-trial motions, or sentencing, we will stand behind you throughout the case to preserve, preserve, preserve and weaken the case against you.