Accomplished Criminal Defense Law Firm Representing Los Angeles County and Southern California Federal Cases
Beyond California laws and statutes, there are many crimes that violate the laws of the U.S. government and are prosecuted by the federal body. Federal crimes are illegal in all 50 states and typically pertain to border issues, financial systems, political crimes, federal mail fraud, crimes against children, and many more. Most federal crimes are prosecuted as felonies, so it is vital to retain a criminal defense attorney as soon as you are investigated by the government or charges have been brought against you.
If you are suspected of committing a federal crime, you will most likely be arrested by a federal law enforcement agent, such as an officer from the DEA or FBI. In some cases, a state law enforcement official may have been granted the authority to make arrests for a specific federal crime if a task force has been formed between agencies.
Depending on the case, the process may vary, but typically you will be arrested with a warrant issued by a magistrate who has reviewed the evidence brought forth by the federal agency involved. If there is no warrant, a grand jury will be called to issue subpoenas to collect evidence and then issue an indictment for the crimes they believe you have committed. The warrant or indictment gives the federal agents the authority to arrest you.
It is important to understand that in a federal case, there will already be substantial evidence proving your involvement in the alleged crime at the time of your arrest. That is why it is so crucial to contact and retain excellent criminal defense as soon as you are able to do so. You will need guidance and expertise from the outset and especially as you begin pre-trial appearances.
Defense for Federal Crimes
Depending on the situation, there are many tactics we may take in defending you. If it seems there is a high likelihood of your being convicted, we may discuss plea deals in exchange for a reduced sentence. If you are convicted without a plea deal, we will look at filing an appeal. Bottom line, Wegman & Levin will be by your side throughout the entirety of the process and will work tirelessly to protect your rights and freedom.