Spokane Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys
When you face charges in federal court, it is an entirely different world from the state courts of Washington. With higher penalties and a lower standard for admissible evidence, you will want a lawyer with experience building strong federal criminal defenses. At the Spokane Law Offices of Christian J. Phelps, we have handled numerous cases in both Western and Eastern Federal District Courts of Washington.
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Not only are the rules and procedures different in federal court, you are also up against the vast wealth and resources of the federal government. With more prosecutors and judges to handle fewer cases, the conviction rate is much higher. In these turbulent times, you want a federal criminal defense attorney who is readily prepared to handle these wholly complex trials.
From Internet sex crimes to white collar crimes, federal criminal convictions come with stricter penalties than state criminal convictions. While federal judges are no longer technically required to follow mandatory sentencing guidelines, most still do. Also, many federal crimes carry very stiff mandatory minimum sentences of five, ten and fifteen years FOR FIRST OFFENSES! Federal judges have no discretion to sentence below these mandatory minimums. Unlike state prisons, federal prisons offer very little "good time." Most federal prisoners will serve 90% of their sentence in custody.
Many charges can be prosecuted in either state or federal court, but law enforcement officials usually prefer to file in federal court whenever possible. The federal rules of evidence are less strict than in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho state courts. We know how the federal criminal defense process works and are fully prepared to handle a wide range of crimes, including, but not limited to:
If you are under investigation for a federal crime and have not yet been charged, never speak to federal agents without first obtaining an attorney. Never consent to a search of your home or car without consulting an attorney. We will intercede on your behalf.
The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can take action to prepare your federal criminal defense and minimize your exposure to the draconian penalties of the federal system. Make sure you speak with an experienced lawyer who can help you weigh your options. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.