Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys
Defending the legal rights of individuals and businesses accused of federal criminal offenses
If you have been arrested or charged by federal authorities, or if you are the target of a federal investigation, you should immediately contact a highly qualified federal criminal defense attorney. Why? Because federal authorities coordinate enormous resources across multiple agencies to press their case against you and/or your company.
The attorneys at Duffy Law aggressively protect the rights of their clients with the knowledge, skill, and grit gained from decades of experience on both sides of the criminal justice system — one as a former federal prosecutor (an Assistant United States Attorney), and one as a former federal defender.
If you have been accused of committing a federal crime, you should know that federal crimes are very different from state crimes.
Federal cases can be extraordinarily complex. Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA’s) devote significant time, money and manpower in close partnership with federal law enforcement agencies such as FBI, DEA, IRS, and ATF to develop and prosecute their cases. For this reason, if you have been accused of a federal crime, it is critical to retain an attorney who knows the ins and outs of federal criminal law and procedure as soon as possible.
- Different law enforcement officers – While state prosecutors work with local and state police officers to prosecute crimes, federal prosecutors work with Agents from the entities listed above (as well as many others) who have specialized knowledge, training, and experience in the specific criminal activity being investigated and charged.
- Different laws – While each state has its own set of laws, there is one Federal Criminal Code for the country. Although some state and federal crimes overlap, Congress decided certain crimes were important enough for the federal government to enforce.
- Harsher penalties – The potential consequences associated with a federal conviction can be extremely serious. Federal crimes typically have longer terms of imprisonment and mandatory minimum sentences as well substantial fines and restitution. There is no parole in the federal system. Moreover, a defendant serves the entire prison sentence imposed by the judge, less only 15% for good behavior. Federal sentences are almost always followed by lengthy terms of supervised release, which are typically 3 to 5 years and can be up to ten years.
- Different judges and courthouses – Federal cases are heard by different judges and in different courthouses than state cases. Because there is a lower volume of cases than the state and because the federal government has more resources than the state, the proceedings in federal court are typically longer and more detailed.
- No bond required for federal crimes – Whether an individual is detained is up to the presiding judge. A judge does not have to set a bond but can order a person accused of a crime to be detained if the judge decides the defendant is a threat to the safety of the community or is likely to flee.
- Different jail systems – Federal defendants are incarcerated in jails run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), not in municipal jails or state jails run by the state Department of Correction. If a person is detained and waiting for a detention hearing or the case to proceed, he/she will be held at a federal facility in Rhode Island. Sentences are served in any facility run by BOP, which can be anywhere in the United States.
Additionally, the federal government has the power to adopt a state criminal case. Even if you have been charged by the state, the feds can take over your case and prosecute it federally any time before you have been convicted.
Fortunately, if you are facing federal allegations, there are many ways in which an experienced federal criminal defense attorney can be of assistance. The earlier you get an experienced criminal defense lawyer that knows the federal system, the more likely it will positively affect the outcome of your case.
If you have been charged with a federal crime or have reason to think you may be charged with a federal crime, you should retain legal counsel as soon as possible. Call the federal criminal defense lawyers at Duffy Law today to schedule a free consultation.
Uniquely qualified to represent those accused of federal crimes, under investigation, or facing legal issues related to federal criminal law
Attorneys Felice Duffy and Paul Thomas represent people and businesses accused of federal crimes, including the following types of cases:
They also have extensive experience with the following:
- Sentencing advocacy
- Supervised release violations
- Witness representation
- Crime victim representation
Protect your legal rights by retaining an experienced Connecticut federal criminal defense attorney today
Call Duffy Law to learn more about how they will zealously defend your rights.