Federal Criminal Defense Attorney in Lehigh County
DEPENDABLE. RELIABLE. ON YOUR SIDE. Federal Criminal Defense Attorney in Lehigh County
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FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Have you been arrested on a warrant issued by a federal magistrate judge?
Have you received a summons requiring your appearance before a federal magistrate judge?
YOU NEED TO SPEAK WITH A FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY NOW!
Attorney Charles E. Dutko, Jr., is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This court’s jurisdiction includes Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton counties. There are Eastern District federal courtrooms in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Allentown, Reading, and Easton.
WHAT TYPES OF CRIMES ARE FEDERAL CRIMES?
Federal crimes are offenses that specifically violate United States federal laws. They are prosecuted by federal government agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); and the United States Secret Service.
Federal indictments are handed down in several areas. Federal drug offenses, federal sex crimes, computer crimes, weapons charges, money laundering, and “white collar crimes.” The term “white collar crime” refers to a range of crimes committed by business and government professionals. The motivation behind these crimes is financial — either to obtain or avoid losing money or property. Mail fraud is a common crime prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney. To be convicted of mail fraud, the government must prove that the defendant devised or intended to devise a scheme to defraud and that the defendant used the mail for the purpose of executing, or attempting to execute, the scheme. Another common federal criminal charge is conspiracy. For conspiracy, the government must prove that two or more persons conspired either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose.
You can learn more about the differences between federal and state crimes here.
FEDERAL CRIMINAL PROCESS
The federal criminal process, like its Commonwealth counterpart, can include a preliminary hearing. However, a preliminary hearing is not held if the defendant has been indicted by a grand jury or the government filed an information charging the defendant with a felony or misdemeanor. A person arrested must be brought before a federal magistrate judge or before a state or local judicial officer without unnecessary delay.
The biggest difference between federal criminal cases and a criminal case prosecuted by the Commonwealth is the grand jury. In federal criminal cases, a grand jury is summoned to determine if probable cause exists against a person suspected of having committed a crime. In cases where the grand jury determines that probable cause does exist, the grand jury will hand down an “indictment.” The grand jury normally hears only the evidence presented by the government attorney. It is for this reason that it is often said that “a U.S. Attorney can indict a ham sandwich.” Since they are the only voice that the grand jury gets to hear, it is likely that an indictment will be handed down.
A POWERFUL FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN LEHIGH COUNTY
According to Pew Research Center, statistics show that about 90% of those indicted in a federal case enter a guilty plea. Only 2% go to trial. Over 80% that go to trial are convicted. These numbers prove that in 90% of federal criminal cases, there needs to be early intervention by an aggressive defense attorney to secure the best possible outcome.
If you have been the target or have been indicted in a federal criminal matter, there is no time to waste. Call Dutko Law, LLC today and speak with an aggressive federal criminal defense attorney in Lehigh County who is ready to fight for you and protect your rights.