By: Twibell Pierson
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Springfield Federal Defense Lawyers with a Successful Track Record
Being charged with a federal crime can feel scary and hopeless. Compared to state criminal charges, federal cases are broader in scope. Both the stakes and the penalties are high.
There is often confusion between what constitutes a state or a federal case. Federal crimes violate federal laws, and they are generally investigated by government agencies such as the FBI, DEA, IRS, and other federal agencies.
State crimes, on the other hand, are investigated by the local or state police. Defendants who have allegedly violated a state law are charged at the scene of the crime or shortly after the incident. In a federal case, the investigation is mostly, if not wholly concluded. The U.S Attorney’s office moves forward with a criminal charge only after they are confident that their case and evidence are solid.
Federal prosecutors have both the technological and financial means to build a case, and they won’t hesitate to use whatever resources they can to win a conviction. To successfully fight federal charges, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. It is imperative that your attorney has a track record of successfully defending federal crimes. A balance of experience, aggression, and long-standing relationships with federal prosecutors can increase your chances of a favorable outcome.
If you’ve been arrested, or are under investigation, for a federal crime in Springfield, MO, you must have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side.
We’re committed to providing you with the best possible outcome. Call us today for a free consultation at 417-862-1741.
“The outcome in a criminal case is only as good as your attorney. At Twibell Pierson Criminal Law, we take a team approach for high-profile cases to achieve the best result for your case.”
Types of Federal Defense Cases
There are two situations in which a case gets classified as a federal crime:
- The government asserts jurisdiction and deems the crime a matter of federal law.
- The crime occurred on federal property like a DUI in a military base or national park.
Depending on the crime, who else was involved, and where it occurred, you could potentially be charged at both the state and federal levels. In these circumstances, there will be two cases, each tried separately. As you can imagine, this further complicates the situation, making it even more critical to work with experienced federal lawyers.
The list of possible federal crimes is quite long, but these are the most common we see in our practice:
- Unlawful possession of firearms
- White-collar charges
- Drug conspiracy
- Drug trafficking
- Tax fraud and evasion
- Wire fraud
- Mail fraud
- Immigration fraud
- Pirating of music and movies
- Computer hacking and other cyber crimes
- Some crimes against children, including child pornography
- Civil rights violations
- Organized crime
- Money laundering
- Securities fraud
- Healthcare fraud
In some cases, the potential defendant might learn that there’s a federal investigation before there are any formal charges filed. These situations give defense lawyers a chance to work with federal prosecutors, which could alter the outcome in the defendant’s favor, including the potential dismissal of all charges. For this reason, it is essential to consult with a criminal defense lawyer early in the process.
Time is of the essence once you’ve been charged. When your future hangs in the balance, you need the most experienced and aggressive legal team Missouri can provide.
Call Twibell Pierson today for a free, confidential consultation at 417-862-1741.
All Federal Crimes Are Serious
The last century has brought an expansion of federal crimes as the US Congress has sought to expand the scope of federal law. You could easily commit a federal crime without even knowing it. For example, sharing a Netflix account is now a federal crime!
Netflix violations aside, federal crimes are vastly different than state crimes and require the expertise of an attorney that understands federal law. While there is no shortage of criminal defense lawyers in Springfield, Missouri, few are licensed to go to federal court. Having a federal defense attorney that regularly appears in federal court is vital so that you receive the best defense possible.
The right lawyer can help no matter how serious the charge may seem. Being convicted can have devastating consequences, but a robust defense can help mitigate that—or even get you cleared of all charges.
However, it’s imperative that we start building your case as soon as possible, please call us today at 417-862-1741.
Don’t Risk Your Future
Being convicted of a federal crime can be life-altering. It can bar you from career opportunities and other freedoms and privileges that we tend to take for granted. It can also result in long-term jail or prison sentences.
We understand the stress you’re under as you consider the potential outcome of your case. At Twibell Pierson, we will fight relentlessly to protect your freedom and your future. Contact us today for a complimentary and confidential consultation.