In Federal Court, especially if you are facing a felony, the stakes can be very high. The federal judges who handle felonies are appointed to their jobs for life by the president of the United States. The judges tend to be extremely bright and hard-working. They expect court to start on time and for the lawyers to be organized and professional. The good news is that federal judges hold both sides to the same standards. The bad news is that many federal charges carry heavy punishments, some of which are mandatory. If you are facing a federal charge it is crucial that you find an attorney with significant experience in federal court – an attorney well versed in the federal criminal code as well as the federal sentencing guidelines.
Certain criminal offenses are exclusively or nearly exclusively handled in Federal Court. Here are some examples:
- Conspiracy charges
- Drug Trafficking conspiracies
- Mail/Wire Fraud accusations
- Environmental Pollution charges
- False Statement allegations
Any federal charge is serious and can have life-long implications well beyond prison time or probation. If you believe you might be investigated for a federal crime you need to talk to a skilled attorney immediately. The old adage, “anything you say can and will be used against you” is as true in state court as it is in federal court and because the stakes in federal court or so high we can’t emphasize enough the importance of talking with a lawyer before giving a statement to the FBI, DEA, ATF, EPA or any other federal agency.
Dan Gerl did an amazing job in representing me in an unfortunate incident this year. I was pulled over for a simple driving infraction, but the bigger problem was I had a suspended license due to an earlier DUI in Central Washington. This simple infraction turned into driving on a suspended license in the 3rd degree and came with a mandatory 30-day jail sentence. I was beside myself; I’m a white collar professional and my career was just taking off. I’m a husband and father of four – this was obviously something I could not face alone.
I was being charged with Conspiracy to Commit Securities fraud. It was one of the scariest chapters in my life. I feel so lucky that I found this law firm. My attorney, Casey Arbenz, did a really good job on guiding me through the criminal and civil charges I was facing. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”