When facing criminal charges on the federal level in Philadelphia or anywhere else in the country, you are going up against the United States government and its endless sea of resources. The U.S. Justice Department and its multitude of police agencies have the budget and resources to employ highly sophisticated and technical methods of criminal investigation. Not only do federal prosecutors use their skill to aggressively pursue cases and enjoy a high win percentage, but sentences handed out in federal court are also more severe than state court sentences.
While the federal government does its best to stack the chips against you, a highly-skilled and experienced Pennsylvania federal criminal defense attorney with a long track record of success can help even the deck. Our team of experienced federal criminal lawyers stands ready to aggressively defend you in this complex and high-stakes legal arena.
The Federal Court Process
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has jurisdiction over Philadelphia and all of eastern Pennsylvania, including:
- Philadelphia County
- Bucks County
- Delaware County
- Berks County
- Chester County
- Montgomery County
- Lehigh County
- Lancaster County
- Northampton County
While any criminal charge should be taken seriously, federal charges are the most difficult to defend and bring the harshest penalties. Many people charged with federal crimes are surprised to learn that federal courts and state courts differ in a number of ways.
Firstly, the federal court system operates by a different set of rules regarding evidence. If you are being prosecuted in a federal court, you will need an attorney with years of experience handling federal cases who is familiar with federal rules pertaining to evidence. Federal judges also operate according to mandatory federal sentencing guidelines.
Thanks to these differences and others, it is much more difficult to fight federal criminal charges. Due to their vast resources, federal agencies are typically able to produce a substantial amount of evidence for federal prosecution cases. Unlike state prosecutors with heavy caseloads, federal prosecutors also enjoy the benefit of having more time to devote to every case. Therefore, they only file criminal charges when they have sufficient evidence to build what they feel is a very strong case.
The federal criminal process starts with a defendant making their first appearance. A detention hearing is then set within three days of the initial appearance. The next step is an arraignment, which is followed by status conferences. Finally, a formal trial takes place, and if found guilty, a defendant will undergo sentencing.
In order to effectively represent a defendant in a federal criminal investigation or trial, the defense counsel must have extensive knowledge of federal criminal rules and statues as well experience dealing with federal agencies and offices. These prerequisites are necessary in order for a federal criminal defense attorney to effectively cooperate with government agencies and build a strong and vigorous defense.
Defending You in Federal Court
Our firm of experienced federal criminal defense attorneys takes great pride in aggressively defending clients facing a multitude of federal charges, including:
- White-collar crimes – Money laundering, wire fraud, mail fraud, credit card fraud, mortgage fraud, insurance fraud, and other crimes involving large amounts of capital across state lines
- Federal drug crimes – Drug trafficking, drug dealing, drug distributing, drug manufacturing, drug conspiracy, and any drug crimes in violation of RICO laws
- Federal sex crimes – Distribution of child pornography, sex tourism, interstate solicitation of minors, Internet sex crimes, and other sex crimes that transcend state lines
- Violent crimes – Murder, assault, acts of terrorism, and other organized illegal acts of violence
- Copyright infringement – Copyright violations involving movies, music, clothing, and other physical and intellectual goods
- Weapons offenses – Federal charges involving weapons, such as illegal sales, possession, distribution, and so on
If you suspect you may be under a federal investigation or have been charged with a federal crime, you should contact our experienced Philadelphia federal criminal defense firm today. With decades of experience representing clients in federal criminal court, our qualified and highly-skilled federal criminal attorneys have extensive experience defending clients in federal drug cases, federal gun cases, federal cases involving fraud and other white-collar crimes, and other types of serious cases on the federal level. We take great pride in providing each and every client with the skilled advocacy and critical advice they need to avoid federal indictment or successfully defend against federal criminal charges.
To learn more about Pennsylvania and federal criminal defense or to benefit from a free and confidential consultation, contact our experienced and revered federal defense firm today.