Santa Ana Federal Crimes Attorney – Federal Defense Lawyer in Santa Ana
If you are under investigation for a federal crime or have been arrested by federal authorities, then you need to contact an experienced Santa Ana federal crimes attorney right away. The Law Offices of John D. Rogers is prepared to take your case and immediately begin mounting your defense against the federal government. Our office will investigate the claims against you, protect your rights at every stage of the case, and fight against federal prosecutors for your freedom. Our ultimate goal will always be to obtain the best result possible in your case.
State Court Versus Federal Court
When accused of committing a state crime, you are prosecuted for violating California law. Your case will take place in the superior court in the county in which the alleged crime was committed. However, in certain circumstances, you can also be charged for the same offense in federal court. Some California state crimes overlap with federal offenses allowing both sovereigns to charge and prosecute you simultaneously.
Federal charges, however, are ordinarily larger-level offenses than those typically prosecuted by California. For example, large scale drug operations, multi-million dollar schemes, or public corruption by public officials. The federal court system is much different than state court. There is a different set of rules, procedure, and strict deadlines that can permanently effect your case if they are not followed. Many attorneys do not practice in federal court for this very reason. Consequently, retaining an experienced federal defense lawyer is necessary to ensure you receive competent representation.
Federal Crimes We Handle
At the Law Offices of John D. Rogers, our Santa Ana federal crimes attorneys have represented individuals charged with:
- Federal Drug Trafficking
- Federal Assault and Battery Offenses
- Bank Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Public Corruption
- Financial Crimes
- Firearm Offenses
- Mail / Wire Fraud
- Lying to Federal Agents
Federal Charges Carries Harsh Punishment
Like in California state court, federal misdemeanors are not harshly punished. The maximum sentence a defendant faces is up to one (1) year in prison. You can also face probation, large fines, and adhere to strict probation conditions such as participating in counseling, drug rehabilitation, or community service.
On the other hand, federal felonies are aggressively prosecuted and the punishment is often severe. Most federal crimes carry longer terms of incarceration than their state-level counterparts. For instance, a typical drug trafficking offense carries a mandatory minimum of ten (10) years in federal prison. Accordingly, whenever you face a federal felony, it is imperative that you retain a skilled Santa Ana federal crimes attorney to fight on your behalf.
Early Intervention is Critical
Retaining a federal criminal defense lawyer at the earliest stages of the case can help protect you from incriminating yourself with government agents. Our office handles cases all throughout the criminal process including pre-indictment. Early intervention from a competent and experienced lawyer can help legally deflect the government’s case and avoid being charged altogether.
Santa Ana Federal Courthouse
Santa Ana is home to the United States District Court for the Southern Division of the Central District of California. Any federal crime occurring within the expansive district may lead to your case being tried in Santa Ana. Ordinarily, however, Santa Ana federal courthouse is assigned cases that occur within Newport Beach.
Contact an Experienced Santa Ana Federal Crimes Attorney
If you or a loved one is being investigated or has been charged with a federal offense, you need to work with an experienced federal crimes defense lawyer. At the Law Offices of John D. Rogers, we are committed to going against federal prosecutors are strive to achieve the best possible result. Hiring an unqualified attorney can be devastating to your case and future and lead to many years of incarceration. Contact us today to schedule a free confidential consultation.