Federal Crimes Defense Attorney in Phoenix, AZ
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When you’re charged with a federal crime, your case will be prosecuted by an Assistant United States Attorney in front of a federal judge, and you will be subject to the punishments mandated by the federal law.
When you’re arrested by federal authorities or charged with a federal crime, you need the help of Belén Olmedo Guerra, an experienced and aggressive Phoenix criminal defense attorney who is able to practice in federal courts.
If you have been accused of committing a crime and are arrested by your local or state police department, you will more than likely be facing charges at the state level. This means that prosecutors who work on behalf of Arizona are alleging you have violated an Arizona state law. You will go through the criminal court process in the Arizona state courts.
However, some crimes also violate federal law. In certain situations, you may face federal charges, brought by prosecutors who work for the federal government. Your case will move through the federal court system, and if you’re convicted, you will be punished based on the federal law, not the state’s.
Federal crimes are more harshly punished. By working with Belén Law Firm, you increase the chance of exonerating yourself in court or minimizing the consequences of a conviction.
Offenses Charged at the Federal Level
There can be numerous reasons why an Arizona crime may be charged at the federal level, including, but not limited to:
- Your actions violate a federal statute
- Your offense took place on federal property
- Your offense involved federal officers
Common Federal Charges
There are certain types of criminal activity that are typically handled by federal prosecutors. Belén Olmedo Guerra has experience handling a wide-range of federal crimes including, but not limited to:
- Terrorism Charges
- Tax Fraud
- Human Trafficking
- Drug Offenses
- Child Pornography
The Federal Court Process
If you’re charged with a federal crime, the federal court process you experience will be significantly different than if you were charged in Arizona. You can be arrested before charges are filed, even before a United States attorney presents evidence against you to a grand jury. If you are arrested, the prosecutor can wait to go to the grand jury while the investigation is continued, or they can present evidence within a week of your arrest.
The federal grand jury will be made up of 16-23 people. Prosecutors present evidence and your attorney does not present evidence or question witnesses. However, you may be able to testify to the grand jury to tell your side of the story. The grand jury will then deliberate on whether there is enough evidence to support that you committed the crime. This is not to determine whether or not you are guilty.
Following charges, you will have to make an initial appearance before a magistrate judge to learn the charges against you and the conditions for your possible release from jail. You will then show up again, for your arraignment, which is always scheduled 10 days after your indictment. After your arraignment, you are then officially considered a defendant and must enter your plea. For the future coming months, or even years, you will need to attend numerous pre-trial hearings. This is, of course, unless you plead guilty or accept a plea bargain.
Depending on the charges or specifics of the criminal conduct, the level of the federal offense, and your criminal history, you may experience a wide range of consequences including but not limited to:
- Permanent criminal record
- Prison sentence
- Ineligibility for certain professional licenses
- Sex offender registration
- Ineligibility to register in military
- Loss of voting rights
- Loss of rights to own firearms
- Travel restrictions
- Denial of citizenship application
- Loss of your visa or permanent residency status or denial or visa renewal
Why You Need Belén Olmedo Guerra, Federal Lawyer
The federal court system has specific procedures and rules that must be strictly adhered to. This is why you need an experienced federal lawyer on your case. A criminal defense lawyer who is not only allowed to practice at the state level but at the criminal level, as well. She is well-versed in the nuances of federal court rules, ensuring that your case will not be hindered by procedural mistakes.