An act that allegedly violates the United States criminal code or one that passes through multiple states or occurs on federal property may be charged as a federal crime. Many of the rules and procedures of federal court vary greatly from state court and the punishments you may be subject to if convicted are generally harsher. Instead of the state sentencing guidelines, federal court relies on the more punitive Federal Sentencing Guidelines with respect to sentencing. Federal crimes are commonly investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office. The resources available to law enforcement and prosecutors at the federal level are vast. Investigations into alleged federal crimes may last a great deal longer than those for state crimes and commonly involve confidential informants or wire taps.
If you are charged with a federal crime, it is important to hire a lawyer who is experienced in federal court. The attorneys at Johnson & Cyr have a track record of resolving federal investigations before charges are ever filed and aggressively pursuing available defenses in the event that charges are filed. In some cases, we are able to intervene at an early stage and arrange for alternative resolution to a federal investigation. We are also well-versed in pretrial motions challenging the sufficiency of evidence or the legality of warrants in federal investigations. Proper identification of evidentiary issues and the filing of appropriate motions challenging the evidence can mean the difference between a guilty verdict and a dismissal of charges or acquittal at trial. The attorneys at Johnson & Cyr will aggressively defend your rights in federal court. Contact us today for a free consultation.