Federal Cases

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The Federal Government is increasingly prosecuting criminal conduct before federal courts that was traditionally charged and litigated as state crime. This often means increased terms of imprisonment and a longer time incarceration before release. In addition, the federal government has made it increasingly difficult for well intentioned and law abiding individuals to follow the law as many businesses and activities are heavily regulated under complex and often confusing laws.

To exacerbate this situation, some federal law enforcement officials have hidden agendas and prejudices that do not necessarily involve truth or justice.

The Federal Government and its law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service, Postal Inspectors, IRS, Customs, ICE., US Marshals and many others, have broad prosecutorial and investigatory powers. If a suspect is investigated, arrested or taken into federal custody by one of these agencies, the likelihood is that the case will be handled in a federal court before a federal judge.

Federal criminal offenses are characterized as felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are more serious and generally carry a guideline sentence range, requiring imprisonment. Misdemeanors are lesser violations, often resulting in only a probationary sentence.

A "federal criminal case" becomes very serious very quickly due to the federal sentencing guidelines that determine the range of the sentence. Depending on the number of months within the guideline range, a defendant may be sentenced to probation, house arrest or prison or penitentiary. It takes very little for one to become subject to the potential for imprisonment if charged with a Federal offense.

The defendant's prior record is also critical in the determination of the sentencing guideline range. A sentence is determined by computing the offense level and the criminal history category based on prior offenses.

Federal investigations are normally complicated and take considerable time, therefore suspects often know they are under investigation by federal law enforcement officials. It is important for suspects to be represented by counsel during a federal criminal investigation because they can often minimize their criminal exposure or avoid certain charges all together.

Under the Guidelines, a federal judge is required to sentence according to a formula, which is a combination of the offense of conviction and the defendant's criminal history. Once the offense of conviction and the prior record is determined, the judge uses a chart to determine the sentence that must be imposed. Since there are only a few ways to get a judge to depart from sentencing guidelines, it is important to be represented by an attorney who is thoroughly familiar with federal court procedures.

Ahren A. Tiller is familiar with the Federal Criminal Court's system. He can fight for your rights and ensure that you receive the best representation possible. If you have been arrested for a federal crime and find you or a loved one forced to fight charges in the Federal Court system, then you must call The Law Offices of Ahren A. Tiller to set up a free consultation today.

Available 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week

San Diego City: 1-619-236-3408

North County : 1-760-520-3725

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