If you’ve been charged with a Federal Crime you’re in an altogether different world than Florida’s state criminal system. Federal charges can be brought either directly from the US Attorney’s Office after an arrest by a State of Florida or United States Official, or after an investigation by a Federal Agency. Regardless, the allegation must be that you committed a crime in violation of a federal statute, committed a crime on federal lands, or the crime crossed state lines in its commission. In Federal Court a defendant is not entitled to the same discovery luxuries as in State Court and it is of utmost importance that you hire a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney familiar with Federal discovery so that your interests are most effectively represented.
Further, you’re typically dealing with the best of the best Federal Agents and attorneys working to convict you of what they’ve alleged. Federal charges are typically much more punitive in nature than State charges and carry with them a completely different sentencing scheme. In certain cases there will be mandatory minimum sentences that will require no less than that term of years commanded by statute. If the mandatory minimum sentence is more than what the Federal Guidelines recommend, the mandatory minimum is followed. If you’ve been charged with a Federal Crime, you need an aggressive and effective Federal Criminal Lawyer. We’re both. Call us immediately at 727-771-3847.