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Importance of the Judge in a Federal Criminal Case

I would say when you’re weighing everything when you’re thinking about your case and exactly how you’re going to handle everything, the judge is probably the most important component of the case. The reason I say that is because in the end if the person is convicted or if the person pleads guilty, the judge is going to be the one who decides exactly what the punishment is going to be. That includes how long they’re going to spend in custody, what type of restrictions are going to be placed on the person.  Also, even leading up to a plea or...

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How do the Feds Deal with Robbery Distraction Crimes?

The crime that I see the federal government investigating and prosecuting a lot is these robbery crimes where people are following their victims around, either jewelers or other victims with cash from banks and then they will do some sort of a distraction maneuver.  For example, they’ll pop their tire. The person comes out to change it, they run in, grab the jewelry, grab the money or maybe the person comes from the bank, they follow the person from the bank and if the person leaves the money in the car, they break the car window and take the money...

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Hiring an Attorney During a Federal Criminal Investigation

Obviously, if you’re being investigated by the feds you’re going to want to consult an attorney.  The problem is that the feds will come and talk feds will come and talk to you and ask you if you want to give some information. They’ll start asking you some questions.  Sometimes they’ll tape record the conversation.  The bottom line is, if you say anything that’s incriminating or they deem incriminating, sometimes during the investigation phase, they won’t even tape record certain statements. Also, in interviews that they might give and they might say that you say something that you really didn’t...

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Does The Judge Have Any Input Into A Federal A Plea Agreement?

Where the judges’ power is in a federal case is at the sentencing. The judges have complete discretion, tempered by the sentencing guidelines. Prosecutors are the ones who control what the charges are that are filed against the defendant. Judges don’t usually interfere with the charges or with a plea agreement, unless they believe it is unfair. In that case, the plea would either have to be changed or the case would have to go to trial. Are Plea Bargains Available In All Federal Cases? Typically, with someone who has got federal charges against them, their case is set for...

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Can I Ever Withdraw A Guilty Plea In A Federal Case?

When you go into federal court to enter your plea, the judge goes through a long colloquy related to your rights, what you’re getting yourself into, and your discussions with your attorney. It is rare that a federal judge would allow a person to withdraw a plea. There certainly are grounds, in some cases, but again it is never a good idea. It could result in disaster, as far as a more serious sentence. If I Accept A Plea Offer And Plead Guilty, Can I Appeal This Decision Later? Built into most federal plea agreements is language related to the...

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When Does The Plea Bargaining Process Start In A Federal Case?

After the client initially appears and the judge determines whether they are to be released or to stay in custody, the client and the attorney are given the indictment in the case, which is the charging document. The prosecutors have to get all the paperwork related to the case to the attorney and the attorney will review it with their client and make a decision on whether it’s the type of case that they want to negotiate or if they should fight the case. Negotiation with Federal Prosecutor on Plea Agreement If it is decided that it is in the...

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Federal Criminal Defense of Law Enforcement Officers

In the twenty-five years that I’ve been defending police officers who have been charged I’ve noticed that a lot of times once a police officer is charged, unfortunately they are treated and viewed as the very criminals that they are sworn to protect society against. I really think it does them a disservice because the prosecutors tend to lose sight of the fact that these individuals have helped the community for many years and it’s not fair to just jump to the conclusion that all of a sudden they’re a criminal just because somebody made a filing decision to charge...

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Have You Been Arrested and Under Investigation

Say nothing to the police! At the time of arrest, the goal of most police officers when talking to you and asking you questions is to get you to say self incriminating statements. For this reason, once they have your basic information, you do not have to explain anything. Everything you say, even things to show or innocence, will somehow be used against you. Stay quiet, and contact an attorney immediately. To have a qualified and skilled attorney fighting for you is the wisest thing you can do when being charged with a federal crime. When it comes to federal...

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