Federal Crimes

Orange County Federal Criminal Lawyer

Have you been arrested, charged, or under investigation for a federal offense? Retaining a reputable and experienced Orange County federal criminal lawyer will be one of the most decisions you make. Federal charges carry significant penalties which is why you need an attorney that will be stand up to the government and argue your side of the story.

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Many attorneys do not practice in federal court. Namely because federal law carries different rules and procedure than California state court. Federal prosecutors are extremely sharp and have unlimited resources to ensure that charges ultimately lead to a conviction. The evidence is ordinarily voluminous consisting of reports from federal agents, audio and video recordings, and financial statements. Therefore, it is important to retain a federal crimes attorney who can devote the time and resources into mounting your defense.

Federal Crimes

Overview of Federal Criminal Charges

All federal crimes are charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and typically by an indictment. A person is charged by way of indictment after a federal prosecutor presents their case to the grand jury. An indictment is a charging document that the grand jury returns when it concludes that sufficient evidence warrants charging a defendant.

After an indictment or other charging sheet is filed, the defendant makes their initial appearance in federal court before a magistrate judge. The magistrate judge assigns the case to a U.S. district judge for trial within 70 days of the defendant’s initial appearance. Federal charges usually result from a multi-yearlong investigation by the FBI, DEA, ATF, IRS, or even local police.

Large scale cases usually reach the federal system such as arms dealing, large quantity drug trafficking, and financial crimes in the millions of dollars. However, small type crimes such as lying on a passport application and illegal entry into the United States make their way into the federal system. Furthermore, since state court and federal court are two different sovereigns, a defendant can be charged in both courts for the same offense at the same time.

Early Intervention by Experienced Orange County Federal Criminal Lawyer

Early intervention by an experienced Orange county criminal defense attorney could mean the difference of a prison sentence or getting the case rejected from ever reaching a courtroom. We can investigate the facts, questions witnesses, employ experts, and obtain evidence the government agents never collected. Federal accusations are no laughing matter and they must be treated immediately, much like having symptoms of a life-threatening illness. Do not make the mistake of believing that because you didn’t actually commit any offense, the federal criminal justice system will recognize that and the accusations will somehow go away. Never leave your future and freedom up to chance.

It is never advised for you to speak with federal investigators without a federal criminal defense attorney. Irreparable injury to mounting your defense usually results from talking to agents without counsel present. Moreover, the government may seek to contact you about obtaining information to help further their investigation. By revealing pertinent information, you may lose bargaining power with federal prosecutors. Instead, let our office do the talking on your behalf and explain your side of the story meanwhile preserving your constitutional rights.

Federal Sentencing Guidelines

A federal sentencing hearing is arguably one of the most important hearings in a criminal case. The appropriate sentence in the eyes of the court is usually determined by the suggested federal sentencing guidelines. With the right attorney, a defendant could argue for a substantially lesser sentence below the suggested guidelines by articulating your background, character, criminal history, and your ability to reform and re-enter society. Additionally, someone may be eligible for sentencing reductions if certain mitigating factors are present. A lawyer unfamiliar with the sentencing guidelines could be exposing their client to substantially more punishment than necessary.

Resolving a case without a trial sometimes is the best option. In that case, effectively negotiating with federal prosecutors is essential. Accordingly, our participation can contribute to achieving the ultimate goal of a fair sentence. This includes:

  • Negotiating significant terms of the plea agreement
  • Obtaining bail / release on bond
  • Assisting in the probation officer interview
  • Submitting a detailed sentencing memorandum
  • Advocating a fair/light sentence at your hearing

Whether your decision is to litigate your federal case or enter into plea agreement negotiations, it is first important to understand your overall exposure. Certain offenses carry significant penalties if convicted. Moreover, some firearm and drug offenses carry a mandatory minimum sentence between 5 to 20 years. Generally, factors that may warrant a harsh sentence include:

  • Whether your possessed a firearm in connection with your drug case
  • Your prior criminal history for violence or serious drug offense(s)
  • The purity of the controlled substance and/or the quantity
  • The amount of economic loss to an individual or business
  • Any planning or sophistication involved in the offense
  • Whether you are a leader, organizer, or decision maker

Who We Defend in Federal Court

We have successfully defended our clients who unfortunately find themselves within the federal criminal system. Our clients include police officers, college professors, attorney’s, medical doctors, and military personnel. We strive to achieve noteworthy results for every client and expend the time and resources to ensure each client receives an effective defense.

Recent 2019-2020 Case Results in Federal Court

  • Drug Trafficking Out of LAX Airport: Our client was charged with drug trafficking after attempting to transport several kilos of methamphetamine onto an airplane in Los Angeles. By explaining our client’s unique background and mitigating circumstances, the judge agreed to sentence our client to time-served notwithstanding our client was facing over 10 years in federal prison.
  • Attorney Under Investigation for Payment Scheme: Our client was a southern California attorney under investigation for aggravated identity theft, embezzlement, and coordinating a bankruptcy scheme. Despite the FBI telephone recording our client on several pretext phone calls, Attorney John D. Rogers was able to successfully convince the prosecutor to drop the investigation and close the case.
  • Client Charged with Assaulting 2 FBI Agents on Video: Surveillance video footage showed our client in a scuffle with FBI agents that resulted in one of the agents suffering bodily injury. After highlighting our clients background, personal character, and familial repercussions in the event a lengthy sentence is imposed, our office was able to convince the federal prosecutor to drop the case to a single misdemeanor charge. Thereafter, our client received probation with no jail time.

Contact an Experienced Orange County Federal Criminal Lawyer

While most lawyers are competent to handle basic criminal matters, it is much different within the federal court system. Retaining the wrong lawyer could result in greater punishment than necessary. Contact the Law Offices of John D. Rogers to speak with an effective and experienced Orange County federal criminal lawyer who routinely handles federal criminal cases.[1] The government will utilize all its resources to ensure a case ends with a conviction or guilty plea. Consequently, retaining the right federal crimes lawyer to defend you is of critical importance. Give us a call to a schedule a free consultation. We want to hear your side of the story.

Footnotes:

[1] Our office is in Newport Beach, California but we serve the following localities: Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Tustin, Anaheim, Yorba Linda, Seal Beach, Westminster, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Placentia, Brea, Buena Park, Irvine, Orange, Long Beach, Lakewood, Bellflower, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, Culver City, Woodland Hills, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Malibu, Calabasas, Santa Clarita, San Fernando Valley, Burbank, Pasadena, Glendale, Alhambra, San Marino, San Gabriel, Pomona, El Monte, Covina, Monterey Park, Huntington Park, Monrovia, Baldwin Hills, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Torrance, Ontario, Chino Hills, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern County, Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento.

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