Frequently Asked Questions
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT DEFENDING YOUR CASE IN FEDERAL COURT:
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RESOLVE MY CASE IF I AM CHARGED WITH AN OFFENSE IN FEDERAL COURT?
Unlike state court, criminal cases tend to progress much more quickly in federal court. The Speedy Trial Act requires that an indictment must be sought within thirty days of a person's arrest. Read More Here
WHAT ARE SOME OF MY IMPORTANT RIGHTS IN FEDERAL COURT? PROBATION?
You have a right to refuse to make any statements. If you have a lawyer, never make a statement to anybody without talking to your lawyer first. Read More Here
I AM CHARGED WITH A DRUG OFFENSE IN FEDERAL COURT AND HAVE HEARD THAT THERE ARE SEVERE PENALTIES FOR DRUG CASES IN FEDERAL COURT, IS THAT TRUE?
Yes, this is true. Most drug cases involve not only the sentencing guidelines, which are quite harsh in drug cases, but also involve various mandatory minimum sentences, which are dependent upon the amount of drugs involved. Read More Here
I HAVE BEEN OFFERED A PLEA BARGAIN INSTEAD OF GOING TO TRIAL IN FEDERAL COURT. SHOULD I ACCEPT THE PLEA BARGAIN?
It is impossible to provide a general answer to this question. Although most cases are generally resolved through a plea bargain. In deciding whether to accept the plea bargain, the two most important things is to make sure you understand all the consequences of the plea bargain and to make sure you have confidence that your lawyer is doing everything possible to represent you.Read More Here
I HAVE TO MEET WITH A PROBATION OFFICER WHO WILL BE PREPARING MY PRESENTENCE REPORT, SHOULD MY LAWYER OFFER TO GO WITH ME TO THIS MEETING?
Absolutely. The probation officer will do the preliminary calculation of your sentencing guidelines and, therefore, will have a great deal of influence on your ultimate sentence. Read More Here
I EITHER LOST MY TRIAL OR PLEADED GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT, BUT I AM NOT SATISFIED WITH THE OUTCOME. IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO?
Following a trial or plea, you may appeal your case to the United States Court of Appeals provided you file a Notice of Appeal within ten days of the judgment. Also, be sure that as part of a plea agreement, you did not waive your right to appeal. Read More Here
WILL I SERVE MY WHOLE SENTENCE IN A FEDERAL CASE?
Parole has been abolished in the federal system. If you are sentenced to prison, you are eligible for fifty-four days good time credits for sentences of more than one year. Read More Here
These answers are meant to provide general information regarding common questions asked to criminal defense lawyers. Every case must be analyzed individually. This information is not a substitute for consulting with an experienced criminal defense lawyer about your case. This information is also not meant to give legal advice. It is meant solely for general informational purposes.
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