Federal Criminal Defense

10 years with the federal bar – trial attorney

9th Circuit Appellate level advocacy

Weapons, Drugs, Immigration, Computer crimes, Child pornography, Armed Career Criminal Act, White Collar

Federal Grand Jury issues

Pretrial motions, pretrial negotiations, proffers

If you have been accused of a federal crime, advised via a letter that you are a grand jury target, or served a subpoena to appear before the federal grand jury…whether the government alleges drug trafficking, mail fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, weapons charges, or conspiracy to commit those or other federal crimes…you need an attorney that handles Federal Criminal Defense law.  Contact Don today to schedule a consultation. 

When are Crimes in the Federal System?

There are two main ways a case ends up in the federal courts:

  1. Cases where it is alleged a person has violated a federal criminal law
  2. Cases where a crime is alleged to have taken place on federal property, such as a national park or government building

Although there are similarities between state and federal court systems, there are important distinctions between them. For example, state prosecutors prosecute state crimes, while leading lawyers from the U.S. Attorney’s office prosecute federal crimes. Unlike cases involving state crimes, cases involving federal crimes often involve federal agents and require extensive investigations.  Federal cases involve the federal sentencing guidelines instead of the state sentencing grid; these guidelines are advisory so there may be a measure of flexibility in federal court not available in state court.