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The importance of experienced defense counsel in a federal case

| May 17, 2021 | Federal Crimes

When a Mississippi defendant is facing criminal charges, his or her future and long-term interests are at stake. This is true regardless of the specific type of charges one is facing, it is especially so for those who are up against federal charges. A federal case differs from a state case in many ways. This includes higher stakes, longer prison sentences and much more. A strong defense is essential, no matter the details of the individual situation.

Examples of federal crimes

Federal courts are different from state courts. The procedures are different, and even the sentencing guidelines are different. An effective defense requires specific experience and knowledge of how these complex cases work. Examples of federal criminal cases include:

  • White collar crimes
  • Certain violent crime, such as murder
  • Drug trafficking cases
  • Conspiracy charges
  • Federal weapons violations
  • Certain sex crime cases

A defendant’s entire future is on the line. A conviction could lead to years or decades of incarceration, as well as fines, lost opportunities and a disruption of virtually every area of life. Challenging the prosecution’s case and protecting the rights of the defendant requires a high degree of competence.

Pursuit of a beneficial outcome

It is helpful to seek defense counsel in a federal case as soon as possible. It is prudent to begin developing a strategy at the earliest possible point, even during the investigative stage or before filing formal charges. An assessment of the individual case can help one see what defense options are possible and what steps are necessary for the full protection of his or her constitutional rights.