Federal Criminal Defense
If you are being targeted for a criminal investigation, subpoena or prosecution by federal authorities, you could be facing severe legal consequences. Federal criminal prosecutions are very different from state criminal charges, and you will need an attorney who understands how to defend cases in federal court.
When the federal government decides to use its nearly infinite resources to prosecute a criminal offense, they usually only do so for very serious crimes. As a result, if you are facing a federal criminal investigation or prosecution you are most likely going to be exposed to severe consequences. The process can be overwhelming and intimidating, but an experienced federal criminal defense attorney can help level the playing field.
The moment you understand that you are being investigated on the federal level or charged with an offense, you should speak to an attorney. Michael D. Barber is an experienced federal criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the system and can fight on your behalf in federal court. He will bring experience and confidence to your side in order to maximize your chances at obtaining a positive outcome.
At the Law Office of Michael D. Barber, we represent Central Florida residents who are subjects of federal criminal prosecutions. We understand how overwhelming it can feel to face a federal criminal charge, but with the help of our skilled attorneys, you can increase the chances of a successful outcome.
Attorney Michael D. Barber personally defends federal criminal charges on behalf of our clients and brings his extensive knowledge and experience to bear. Rated 5-stars by Avvo and AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, Attorney Barber has successfully defended federal criminal charges for numerous clients and can help you present the best possible legal defense.
To speak with an attorney about your case or begin with your legal defense, call the Law Office of Michael D. Barber today at 407-890-8000 for a free consultation.
Federal criminal defense attorney in Central Florida
Being charged in federal court can be scary. Federal prosecutors are famously aggressive, tenacious and committed. If federal prosecutors have a reason to target you for an investigation, they will not stop until they have exhausted every option in obtaining a conviction.
For this reason, federal prosecutions operate on a different level of intensity and any person targeted for an investigation must be proactive in their defense. If you have been contacted by federal authorities, you should know they are already several steps ahead of you. That is why it is crucial to immediately contact a federal criminal defense attorney who will level the playing and start working on your defense at once.
At the Law Office of Michael D. Barber, we represent clients facing allegations and charges of various types of federal criminal offenses including the following:
- Human trafficking
- Drug trafficking
- Weapons offenses
- Property crimes
- Financial crimes
- RICO / racketeering
- Counterfeiting / forgery
- Obstruction of justice
- Sex offenses
- Child Pornography
Each of these offenses bears significant criminal liability and can lead to lengthy prison sentences. In addition to the hefty fines and prison sentences that can be imposed, having a federal conviction on your record can pose significant obstacles to the achievement of important life goals.
A person convicted of a sex offense, for instance, may face severe restrictions to where they can go, where they can live and the kind of jobs they can do. Such individuals may be required to be register with the sex offender registry which can cause further long-term problems.
People who are convicted with federal offenses, also face severe interruptions to their work, professions and livelihoods. A person with a criminal offense may be restricted in the types of work they can do, their ability to secure loan financing, or even finding somewhere to live.
These consequences show that there is simply no room for error or half-measures when it comes to federal criminal defense. To ensure that you have the best shot at reducing or defeating the federal criminal charges filed against you, it is absolutely critical to contact a skilled federal criminal defense attorney at once.
How are federal crimes different from Florida state crimes?
Federal crimes and state crimes are largely similar in terms of content. For instance, many of the crimes charged in federal courts, such as sex crimes, financial crimes and weapons offenses are also crimes under state laws. However, there are some offenses that are almost exclusively found in federal courts, such as espionage and terrorism. Many times, the same offense prosecuted in federal court will typically carry a much stiffer punishment than the same offense prosecuted in state court.
Federal prosecutors tend to be educated at the best law schools, have access to vast resources, and only prosecute select cases that give them a high probability of obtaining a conviction. Backed by these vast resources of the federal government, they are very thorough in their criminal investigations and are very effective at obtaining convictions. It is important to hire an attorney who can bring significant advantages to the table in order to level the playing field.
This is why it is highly recommended to only hire an attorney who is experienced in federal criminal defense. An experienced federal criminal attorney understands the federal system and intimately knows the tactics often adopted by federal prosecutors.
They can put this knowledge to work on your behalf to immediately give you an advantage in your criminal case and hopefully secure a positive outcome. If you or a loved one has been charged with a federal crime, it is in your best interest to speak with an attorney at once. Contact the Law Office of Michael D. Barber to consult with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney today.
Stages of federal criminal prosecution
The federal criminal justice system involves three major stages. At each of these stages, it will be vital to have an attorney working on behalf of a person charged or investigated. These stages are:
- Federal investigation: In most cases, a federal prosecution will begin with an investigation lasting days, weeks or even months. The investigation may be conducted by a single federal agency or a task force made up of several agencies working together. At this stage, our goal will be to help prevent charges from being filed, as in the absence of a charge, there can be no prosecution.
- Grand jury or indictment: Every felony prosecution at the federal level requires the prosecutor to present the case to a grand jury who will decide whether to issue a criminal indictment. In order to secure an indictment the prosecutors must show “probable cause” that an indictment should be issued.
Federal criminal trial: If the grand jury issues an indictment, then the case will be assigned to a federal judge to adjudicate pretrial matters, and ultimately preside over the trial. At trial, federal prosecutors will be required to prove their case by showing beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the offense.
Contact the Law Office of Michael D. Barber for help
Facing a federal criminal charge is no small matter. If you or a loved one were charged with a federal criminal offense, you need to immediately consult with a federal criminal defense attorney. Please contact the Law Office of Michael D. Barber for a free consultation, at 407-890-8000.