Finding and hiring the right federal criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between freedom and years behind bars. You need someone who specializes in federal criminal cases. That’s because penalties associated with federal offenses are much more severe than state-level crimes. If you cannot find an experienced lawyer with a background in federal crimes, you risk losing everything.
Here’s what to look for in a federal criminal defense attorney.
You need to hire an attorney specializing in federal criminal law—the reason is that in federal criminal cases, the stakes are usually much higher. Federal criminal charges generally have high statutory maximum sentences and hefty financial penalties that can involve fines and forfeiture. In addition, federal prosecutors want to win high-profile cases. And unlike state defense attorneys, federal prosecutors can afford to spend a significant amount of time and resources working on a single case or investigation.
Federal judges expect both sides to be prepared for a trial and not cause excessive delays. Choosing a lawyer who does not know what they are doing can cause significant problems for your case.
When searching for a federal criminal defense attorney, ask them questions about their experience and background. Questions can include:
When speaking with an attorney about potential representation, do not hesitate to research the attorney’s record with prior cases. You should ask them about their previous experiences and outcomes with particular types of cases similar to yours to gauge whether they can give you the help you need. If the lawyer you speak with begins to dodge questions, you may want to cross them off your list. You shouldn’t work with a lawyer who is not transparent and honest about their background and prior experiences.
Another critical characteristic you will want to look for when searching for a federal criminal defense attorney is openness and honesty. You need an attorney’s straightforward assessment of your case to make decisions about your life. Here are some things to consider when interviewing a lawyer to represent you.
Setting yourself up for the best defense possible is key to ensuring a sound trial. I have tried nearly 300 appeals and can help you get the trial you deserve. Reach out to me today to begin building the strongest case possible.
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