If you are arrested and charged with any federal crime, speak with an experienced
What is a Federal Crime?
Any offense committed against the United States of America is a federal
crime. The array of potential crimes that fall under federal jurisdiction
is vast. Common federal crimes include cocaine trafficking offenses, mail
fraud and unlawful possession of firearms.
How Do I Know if I am Investigated for a Federal Crime?
In many cases, federal agents with the applicable investigative bureau
– for example, the DEA or FBI – will arrive unannounced at
a person’s home or business in an attempt to speak with him. Anything
a person says during this initial meeting may be used against him in court.
may seize records during this meeting.
In other instances, the investigative bureau may mail a letter to an individual
asking to speak with him. This letter, known as a “target letter,”
obviously is a clear indicator that the person’s activities are
being investigated and monitored by that investigative bureau.
What Should I Do If I Am Being Investigated?
Do not delay in speaking with an experienced criminal defense lawyer if
you are being investigated by any federal agency. Hiring an experienced
lawyer will be the best decision that you can make in this situation.
Your lawyer will be able to speak with the federal prosecutor in charge
of the investigation. The earlier you hire counsel, the more favorable
the outcome. Through discussions with the prosecutor, it may be possible
for you to cooperate with the investigation and avoid indictment altogether.
In the event that you are charged with a federal offense, cooperation
with law enforcement may lead to reduced charges being filed and a more
favorable result at sentencing.
What Happens if I Am Arrested for a Federal Offense?
After a person is arrested, the presiding magistrate decides whether to
set bond and the conditions of release. Whether bail is set is a factor
of several issues – including a person’s criminal history,
his ties to the community and the offense with which he is charged. Once
bail is posted, contact us. Even if you cannot post bail, ask a relative
to contact us.
Do I Need Legal Assistance if I Am Charged With A Federal Offense?