Federal offenses are far more serious than state or local law offenses. Federal offenses generally carry far stiffer penalties than state or local offenses. If you or a loved one is being charged with a federal offense or if you believe you may be under investigation, it is vital you seek competent representation as early in the process as possible.
Depending on the type of crime, you may become aware of the investigation well before an arrest has been made. Perhaps you or an associate has been contacted by law enforcement. If this is your situation, you should strongly consider getting an attorney, as soon as possible. There may be opportunities to prevent arrest or manage your exposure, particularly in the early phase of a case. If you cannot immediately afford an attorney, then remember that you are not obligated to speak to law enforcement. It is advisable that you do not agree to an interview until you can seek the advice of counsel.
Other times, the government may take you completely by surprise. The federal government tends to prepare their cases far more thoroughly prior to presentation. Often, by the time the federal government makes an arrest the government has been using its considerable resources to investigate the crime for years. Potential difficulties defending a well-prepared case are amplified by federal rules and procedures, which limit discovery and move cases very quickly. The end result is that you often have a lot less time to prepare a defense to a case than the government did to prepare theirs. If you have already been arrests, then it is even more important that you act quickly to engage the services of an experienced attorney.
If you or a loved one is facing federal charges or believe you are under investigation, it is vital to seek representation early in the process to advise you, prevent mistakes, and allow for adequate preparation of your defense. The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A. is your Fort Lauderdale, Miami-Dade, and West Palm Beach federal criminal defense firm. Our federal criminal defense attorneys have the experience you need on your side when defending against federal criminal allegations. Call us now. Consultations are free and time is a factor.