Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer in Northampton County
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FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Maybe you were arrested on a warrant from a federal magistrate judge. Or, you might have gotten a summons requiring you to make an appearance in front of a federal magistrate judge. Either way, you’ve come to the right place.
YOU SHOULD SPEAK TO A FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
Attorney Charles Dutko practices in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. And the court’s jurisdiction includes Berks, Bucks, Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Northampton counties. The Eastern District federal courtrooms are located in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Reading, Easton, and Allentown.
WHAT CRIMES ARE CONSIDERED TO BE FEDERAL CRIMES?
To be considered a federal crime, the offense has to specifically violate one of the United States federal laws. These types of crimes are then prosecuted by one of the government agencies. It could be the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); or the United States Secret Service.
A federal indictment can be handed down in many different areas. There are federal weapons charges, sex crimes, drug offenses, computer crimes, money laundering, and “white collar crimes.” A “white collar crime” can be many different things. These crimes are committed by business or government professionals. And the motivation for them is financial — either to acquire or to try to avoid the loss of money or property.
Mail fraud is another crime that the U.S. Attorney often prosecutes. To receive a mail fraud conviction, the government needs to prove that the defendant either devised or planned to devise a scheme to defraud. And this plan involved using the mail to execute or attempt to execute the scheme. Another example of a federal crime is conspiracy. To be considered a conspiracy, the government has to prove that at least two or more people conspired to commit some sort of offense against the U.S. Or, they defrauded the U.S. or any U.S. agency in any form or for any kind of purpose.
Read through this article if you'd like to know more about the differences between state and federal crimes.
LEARN ABOUT THE FEDERAL CRIMINAL PROCESS
Similar to its Commonwealth counterpart, the federal crime process may include a preliminary hearing. But the preliminary hearing won’t be held if the defendant was indicted by a grand jury. Or if the government filed an information that charged the defendant with a felony or misdemeanor. When a person is arrested, they must be brought before a state or local judicial officer or a federal magistrate judge without any unnecessary delay.
The grand jury is the biggest difference between a federal criminal case and a criminal case that's prosecuted by the Commonwealth. With a federal criminal case, a grand jury is summoned. They must determine if probable cause exists against a person that’s suspected of committing a crime. If the grand jury decides that probable cause exists, they’ll hand down an “indictment.” The thing is that the grand jury usually only hears from the government attorney. They’re only getting evidence presented by one side. And this is the reason why there’s a common saying that goes: “a U.S. Attorney can indict a ham sandwich.” They’re the only voice the grand jury gets to hear. Therefore, it’s very likely that an indictment gets handed down.
A POWERFUL FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER IN NORTHAMPTON COUNTY
According to Pew Research Center, statistics state that around 90% of those indicted in a federal case enter a guilty plea. Only 2% actually go to trial. And more than 80% that go to trial are convicted. These numbers show us that in 90% of federal criminal cases, there has to be an early intervention by an aggressive defense lawyer. That’s the only way to secure the best possible outcome in a case.
If you have been indicted in a federal criminal matter, you don’t have time to waste. So, get in contact with Dutko Law, LLC today. You should speak with an aggressive federal criminal defense lawyer in Northampton County that is prepared to fight for you and protect your rights.