Aggressive Criminal Defense Against Federal Charges

When you face charges in federal court, it is an entirely different world than the state courts of Washington. Federal cases involve higher penalties and a lower standard for admissible evidence, and if you are facing a federal charge of any kind, it is crucial that you have a lawyer with experience in building strong federal criminal defenses. At the Spokane Law Offices of Christian J. Phelps, we have extensive experience in both Western and Eastern Federal District Courts of Washington.

When Your Future and Freedom Are at Risk, Contact the Law Offices of Christian J. Phelps

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. Because there are more prosecutors and judges to handle fewer cases, the conviction rate on the federal level is much higher. In these turbulent times, you need 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 heavier penalties than state criminal convictions. While federal judges are no longer technically required to follow mandatory sentencing guidelines, most still do. That means that convictions for federal crimes often carry sentences of five, 10 and 15 years FOR FIRST OFFENSES! Unlike state prisons, federal prisons offer very little "good time." Most federal prisoners will serve 90 percent of their sentence in custody.

Federal Charges

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. At the Law Offices of Christian J. Phelps, we know how the federal criminal defense process works and are fully prepared to handle a wide variety of cases at the federal level, 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 retaining an attorney. Never consent to a search of your home or car without consulting an attorney. We will intercede on your behalf.

Contact Us Today

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. For a free initial consultation, contact us via email or by phone at 509-323-2420.