When you are facing criminal charges in Federal court, you need an attorney with experience in Federal court, not just State or other local courts. Charges brought in Federal court are usually more serious and the sentencing is harsh, so the stakes are even higher for you.
The lawyers at Gorman Milarcik Pierce have successfully defended hundreds of clients in Federal court. We work aggressively for our clients by challenging the evidence and the way it was collected. We make the government to prove each element of its case, beyond a reasonable doubt.
Depending on the facts of the case, the same actions might violate both State and Federal laws. Usually a case will be filed in Federal court if the activity took place across state borders or in more than one state, if it involved the use of the internet or other long-distance communication, or if it took place on federal land. Other crimes are only charged in the Federal court system.
Common Federal criminal charges include:
Even though both the State courts and Federal court handle criminal cases, the systems are quite different. Federal prosecutors are usually better prepared than county prosecutors, with more evidence to prove their cases. Federal law includes required minimum sentences, which are especially harsh, and not negotiable. Some Federal laws include forfeiture provisions, which means that the government can seize your property if you are convicted. Federal prisoners are often sent to prisons out of state, which makes visitation and communication with friends and family difficult.
All criminal convictions will affect your life, but a Federal felony conviction can prevent you from applying to or being hired for certain jobs, even after you have served your sentence. Lengthy parole and offender registration requirements are common as, well.
If you are facing criminal charges in Federal court, it is especially important to hire an aggressive, experienced attorney to help guide you through the process, to negotiate a possible plea bargain and to look for opportunities to reduce or even dismiss the charges against you.
Being charged with a Federal crime is very serious: it can affect your future employment, your family life, your finances, and your freedom.
The court process moves quickly, and the sooner you have a criminal defense lawyer working for you, the more likely you will have a good result.
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Our offices are located in downtown Akron, at 54 East Mill Street Suite 400. We serve clients in courts throughout Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, and the surrounding areas.