What to do When Faced with Federal Criminal Charges

Developments in technology have certainly made communication easier for businesses, but technology has also caused a spike in federal crime ranging from computer crimes or hacking to cyber terrorism.

U.S. Federal Criminal Justice System

The federal criminal system is in many ways like the state system, but it has some important differences that could impact the outcome of a case. One key difference is the United States Attorney’s office, responsible for the prosecution of federal criminal charges, has significantly more time and manpower to direct towards any specific case than would a state prosecutor.

Federal prosecutors also typically come from a better academic background and have more experience than state prosecutors.

Federal Criminal Cases

In a federal criminal case, the U.S. attorney represents the United States. The grand jury reviews evidence presented by the U.S. attorney and decides whether there is sufficient evidence to require a trial.

After a person is arrested, a probation officer of the court immediately interviews the defendant and conducts an investigation of the defendant’s background. The information obtained will be used to help a judge decide whether to release the defendant.
The standard of proof in a criminal trial is “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which means the evidence must be so strong that there is no reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime.

Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

Because the federal system is often harsh and unforgiving, it’s best to have a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer on your side throughout all phases of the case.

The attorneys of the Meehan Law Firm are experienced in representing individuals who are charged with violations of U.S. statutes and laws. Whether you’ve been charged with a minor or serious violation, contact the Meehan Law Firm right away to discuss your case.

Sources:

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/print-edition/2011/12/09/rise-in-white-collar-crime-keeps-legal.html?page=all

http://www.expertlaw.com/library/criminal/federal_criminal_lawyer.html

http://www.uscourts.gov/federalcourts/understandingthefederalcourts/howcourtswork/CriminalCases.aspx