Federal Crime Defense
Being charged with a federal crime can be scary. The federal government often gets involved in drug cases, cases that cross state lines and issues of financial fraud. The class of federal crimes for which you can be charged is relatively small, but when the government comes down with an indictment, it’s time to get a good lawyer on your side. The federal government has a good winning percentage in these cases, and all federal crimes are felonies. Though the stakes are high, a good lawyer can help you manage the situation. Loveleen Dhaliwal helps clients during their darkest hour.
What constitutes a federal crime?
Most criminal proceedings take place in state court. States have what is known as police power, so they get to determine the illegality of most acts, and state level prosecutors will work through most cases. The federal government does have jurisdiction over violations of federal law, though. There are plenty of examples of crimes that qualify for federal indictment, including:
- Bank robbery
- Securities fraud and insider trading
- Interstate drug trafficking
- Racketeering and other organized criminal activity
What to do when charged with a federal crime
If you find yourself facing a federal indictment, the first step to get in touch with a good attorney at law. You don’t want to go through the process alone, and you should be protected from the very beginning. Cases are often won and lost during the beginning parts, when defendants give statements to police without first consulting with a lawyer. Avoiding these mistakes is crucial if you want to have a fighting change.
A lawyer who will fight for you
Many people charged with federal crimes end up taking a plea deal in order to keep their prison time to a minimum. Others cut deals in order to gain some sort of immunity or protection. Others go to court to try to fight for their rights. The important thing is to find an attorney who is willing to fight for you, but who is also savvy enough to understand that there are many ways to resolve federal criminal cases.