Experienced Federal Crime Defense Attorney in Marietta, GA Fights for Clients
If you are suspected of a federal crime, secure legal representation immediately
Federal law enforcement moves quickly and decisively, and they have the resources and manpower to investigate many angles of a crime thoroughly and simultaneously. That’s why it is critical that you call an established federal criminal defense attorney as soon as you know you are involved in such an investigation. At the Law Offices of Melvin S. Nash, we possess both the skill and background you need when facing federal criminal charges. Mr. Nash draws on more than 40 years of legal experience to provide Georgians with a diligent and determined defense to federal crimes.
Types of federal crimes
The U.S. government delegates some powers to the federal branch and some to the individual states. Occasionally these responsibilities overlap, as we see occur in the justice system. Some crimes may begin as state crimes and escalate into federal crimes, or a single action may fall under federal purview and never be a true concern of state legal authority at all, or vice versa.
For a legal matter to qualify as a federal case, it must involve a federal element such as the crossing of state lines or the involvement of a federal official, property, or financial program.
Federal crimes are not necessarily more serious than those handled by state judicial systems. Child sex abuse litigation, for instance, typically falls under state jurisdictions, but many other types of criminal cases, such as the following, could go to the state or federal circuits, depending on their unique circumstances:
- Drug crimes
- Drug trafficking
- Health care fraud
- Cybercrimes and internet fraud
- Identity theft
- White collar crimes
- Tax crimes and fraud
- Violent crimes
Your best chance at avoiding federal criminal penalties is to consult an attorney deeply familiar with these courts who can help get your charges dropped or reduced, or help you achieve an acquittal in a court trial.
Sentencing of federal crimes
State courts may allow for some flexibility in sentencing, but federal courts adhere very closely to the letter of the sentencing guidelines. Additionally, federal crimes do not allow the possibility of parole, meaning persons convicted of federal crimes should expect to serve the full term of their sentences.
Federal sentencing guidelines are complex. Crimes are categorized by a base level, and then other circumstances are considered that may raise or lower their seriousness. Federal crimes are subject to a sentencing guidelines table, which divides crimes into zones of offense level and considers criminal history to determine the number of months in federal prison.
Federal courts operate very differently than state courts, so it is particularly important to retain a defense attorney familiar with procedures and applicable laws in the federal circuit.
Obtain legal representation immediately if you could face federal criminal charges
If you are being pursued as a suspect or person of interest in a federal crime, even if you have nothing to hide, it is in your best interest to hire a skilled defense attorney. Federal agencies tend to build strong, airtight cases quickly. By the time federal agents bring in a suspect for questioning, there is usually enough evidence to arrest and detain the suspect. It is vital to find a criminal defense lawyer experienced in federal criminal cases before it’s too late.
Contact an aggressive, established federal criminal defense attorney serving Marietta and metro Atlanta
At the Law Offices of Melvin S. Nash, we possess the advanced skills and experience necessary to defend clients successfully against federal criminal charges. Call our attorneys at 470.655.2839 or contact our office online to schedule a free initial consultation. We have six locations throughout metro Atlanta to serve your needs.