The federal government, with almost unlimited money and resources, often builds strong cases based on evidence gathered over a long period of time, sometimes years. As a result, defense for federal crimes is complicated and involved. If you are under investigation for or have been charged with a federal offense, you have many questions that need answers. The Seattle federal criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC have decades of combined legal experience. Here, we offer answers to some frequently asked questions. And we welcome your call so we can respond to any other questions you may have.
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A federal crime takes place when someone violates a nationwide statute passed by Congress. An offense committed on federal land or which involved federal property may also warrant federal charges. Many crimes are prosecutable in both state and federal courts, though the federal charges take precedence. Because federal crimes generally carry harsher penalties for conviction, it is important that you schedule a consultation with an experienced Seattle criminal defense lawyer immediately when faced with a federal charge.
Several federal agencies — including the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and the Secret Service — investigate federal criminal offenses. Washington State law enforcement officers may also work in conjunction with federal agencies during investigations. In other instances, a state agency or a state District Attorney's office may begin investigating a case only to realize it is a federal matter. The U.S. Attorney's office, which represents the government of the United States and enforces federal laws, prosecutes federal crimes.
Yes. It is important to contact a Seattle criminal attorney as soon as you know you are under investigation by any law enforcement agency — local, state or federal. An attorney can take steps to protect your rights, improve your legal position and possibly help you avoid formal charges. It is also a preemptive way to avoid incriminating yourself.
Yes. Your federal criminal lawyer must be licensed to practice law in the federal court where the case is pending. Having a lawyer experienced in federal law is also important because the federal court process operates differently than the state court process. Your defense will be stronger if you work with an attorney from the Law Offices of James Newton, PLLC who is well versed in the intricacies of the federal criminal court system.
The statute of limitations specifies the period of time in which federal authorities are allowed to bring charges against you. The clock starts at the time the offense was committed, not at the time of the arrest. While each type of federal crime, and the circumstances around it, has its own statute of limitations, certain criminal acts — including capital offenses — have no statute of limitations. Contact a qualified criminal defense attorney right away when you are charged with a federal offense.