Federal criminal law operates in a very different way than state law. In a way, the federal criminal justice system is much more unforgiving than the state system. There has been some move towards criminal justice reform in California, but federal sentences are often longer, and there is no possibility of parole.
Federal crimes often carry strict mandatory minimum sentences. Judges use the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. While courts are not obligated to use the Guidelines, most judges still do in criminal cases. This reduces defendants’ ability to receive more leniency from the judge because the Guidelines will have a minimum sentence as part of their range. Some state law programs that defendants may qualify for as reduced sentences are not available on the federal level. This raises the stakes of your federal criminal trial.
Most crimes in California are charged as state crimes. However, there are circumstances that can result in federal charges. They include:
Federal investigative authorities are generally very well-staffed and thorough in their work. Government officials know how to build a case thanks to the extensive training that they have. They are meticulous and leave no stone unturned in their investigations.
Law enforcement on the federal level is well-funded, and you are up against an entire legal machine. Federal prosecutors are also known to be impeccably credentialed and are very good at what they do, so you need to counter them with a forceful and aggressive attorney of your own. You are best off when you have someone in your corner who knows how prosecutors think.
There are some key differences between the federal criminal justice system and the one on the state level.
All of this adds up to a situation in which someone who has been charged with a federal crime needs to hire a defense attorney immediately. In fact, most people should not even wait that long. In the federal court system, you will likely know that you are being investigated and that criminal charges are a possibility. At that time, your lawyer can engage with prosecutors to get a better sense of what they are investigating. Some potential defendants have even managed to head off charges through early engagement with the prosecutor. Regardless, defendants can leave little to chance if they are the target of federal law enforcement.
Federal criminal convictions can have devastating consequences on you and your family. Beyond what could be a tough jail sentence, federal convictions often require restitution that could leave you in a financial bind for the rest of your life. Federal sentences have multiple parts to them that have significant ramifications.
Like any other criminal case, you can benefit from an attorney who knows how to analyze the merits of your case quickly. Federal prosecutors win many of the cases that go to trial, but that does not mean that it is impossible to fight the charges. Equally likely is the fact that your lawyer can engage with prosecutors early to achieve the best possible legal outcome for you. Attorney Daniel DeLimon knows how to talk to prosecutors because he spent 16 years as one of the top prosecutors in California.
If you have received any type of notice that federal investigators are looking into you. Immediate help is vital. Hiring an attorney quickly can impact the scope of the investigation and ensure that your legal rights are protected. Contact the firm of DeLimon Law as soon as possible to speak with an attorney about your legal rights. Call us today at (951) 777-9104 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation. Attorney Daniel DeLimon is ready to put his vast experience to work for you.
He has compassion and empathy for all parties as well as one of the sharpest legal minds around. He is a powerhouse in the courtroom; the kind of attorney people stop and listen to. Anyone facing the legal system would be fortunate to have him working for them.
I was facing multiple violent felonies and life in prison. Mr. DeLimon took my case to trial and the jury found me NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES and I was released. I owe him my life.