If you were charged with a federal crime, you need experienced legal representation. It’s important to understand that federal charges carry with them longer prison sentences and higher fines. Federal cases are different from state cases. State prosecutions are made up of local law enforcement, and may have limited resources and budgets. In contrast, the Federal Government has veritably unlimited resources at their disposal. Federal cases garner more attention than state cases, and they can move through the court system at an expedited speed.
Federal criminal prosecutions are handled by U.S. attorneys, who are appointed by and ultimately responsible to the U.S. Attorney General. State prosecutors (sometimes referred to as district, state, county, or city attorneys), prosecute violations of state and local laws. Federal trial judges are known as District Court Judges; appointed for life by the President, and subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. State court judges are typically appointed by governors and subject to election every few years.
The United States judicial system is divided into federal courts and state courts. Only certain types of crimes are prosecuted within the federal system. Unlike state criminal prosecutions, in which suspects are rarely notified, federal cases typically send letters to suspects informing them that they are the subject of an investigation. Indictments and criminal complaints also signify the beginning of a federal criminal prosecution. If these things occur, seek counsel immediately.
If you are charged with or under investigation for a federal crime, you should contact a criminal defense attorney. For federal charges, it is important to seek counsel with experience representing clients in federal court, as the rules federal and state courts use vary widely. Our law firm has practiced Federal Court litigation in Tennessee for many years, and our experience in federal practice is extensive. Our firm provides aggressive and knowledgeable criminal defense representation.
It is important to have a criminal defense attorney who knows the law, the parties involved, and the complicated Federal Sentencing Guidelines in Federal Court. If you are charged with a federal crime, contact us today. We can help you navigate the criminal justice system and obtain the best possible outcome for your case.