Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer in Berks County
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FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Whether you’ve been arrested on a warrant that was issued by a federal magistrate judge, or you’ve just received a summons for a court appearance before a federal magistrate judge — you’ve come to the right place.
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Attorney Charles Dutko, Jr., is able to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. And this court’s jurisdiction includes Philadelphia, Berks, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton and Montgomery counties. There are Eastern District federal courtrooms in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Reading, Allentown, and Easton.
WHAT KINDS OF CRIMES ARE CONSIDERED AS FEDERAL CRIMES?
Federal crimes are defined as any offenses that specifically violate U.S. federal laws. And these crimes are prosecuted by some sort of federal government agency, like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); or the United States Secret Service.
Federal indictments can be handed down in several different areas. Federal sex crimes, federal drug offenses, weapons charges, computer crimes, money laundering, and “white collar crimes.” The phrase “white collar crime” refers to a variety of crimes committed by government and business professionals. The motivation for these crimes is tied to finances in some way — either to obtain or avoid losing property or money.
Mail fraud is another common crime that’s prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney. In order to be convicted of mail fraud, the government has to prove that the defendant devised or intended to devise a plan to defraud. And the defendant somehow used the mail for the purpose of executing, or attempting to execute, their plan. Another federal criminal charge that’s common is conspiracy. For a conspiracy conviction, the government has to prove that two or more people conspired either to commit an offense against the U.S., or to defraud the U.S., or any U.S. agency in any way or for any purpose.
You can learn more about some of the differences between federal and state crimes here.
FEDERAL CRIMINAL PROCESS
Similar to its Commonwealth counterpart, the federal criminal process can include a preliminary hearing. However, the preliminary hearing isn’t held if the defendant has been indicted by a grand jury or the U.S. government filed an information charging the defendant with a misdemeanor or felony. Without any unnecessary delay, a person that’s arrested must be brought in front of a federal magistrate judge or in front of a state or local judicial officer.
The biggest difference between a criminal case prosecuted by the Commonwealth and a federal criminal case is the grand jury. In a federal criminal case, a grand jury is summoned to figure out if probable cause exists against a person who’s suspected of having committed a crime.
In a case in which the grand jury determines that probable cause exists, the grand jury hands down an “indictment.” Usually, the grand jury only hears the evidence that's presented by the government lawyer. This is why it's often said that “a U.S. Attorney can indict a ham sandwich.” Since they're the only single voice that the grand jury hears, it's likely that an indictment gets handed down.
A POWERFUL FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER IN BERKS COUNTY
According to a study from Pew Research Center, statistics show that about 90% of those who are indicted in a federal case then enter a guilty plea. Only 2% go to trial. And over 80% that go to trial are convicted. These numbers are proof that in 90% of federal criminal cases, there has to be an early intervention by an aggressive defense lawyer. That is, if you want to secure the best possible outcome.
If you've been the target or have been indicted in a federal criminal case, there's no time to waste. So, contact Dutko Law, LLC right away and speak with an aggressive federal criminal defense attorney in Berks County who will fight for you and work hard to protect your rights.