Most criminal charges in Southern Florida are for alleged violations of state law. However, federal law contains multiple possible criminal violations. These can pertain to drugs, child pornography, fraud or a wide range of other areas.
Federal charges are typically investigated by a federal agency, like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or the Secret Service. They are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney in a federal court, like the one in Fort Lauderdale. If a person is convicted , they face time in federal prison — which, despite what many think, is not a "country club."
Your attorney in such a case must be licensed to practice in the U.S. District where charges are heard, and should be familiar with Federal Rules of Procedure and Rules of Evidence. At Meltzer & Bell, P.A., we are skilled and experienced at representing people in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida, which covers all of Broward County.
From our Fort Lauderdale office, we represent clients who face charges in federal courts across Broward County, including Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Miramar, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Davie, Plantation, Deerfield Beach, Weston and Wilton Manor.
Call a skilled Fort Lauderdale federal defense lawyer today at (954) 716-8538 to schedule a free consultation.
Federal law covers a broad range of offenses. Some of the more common ones can include those pertaining to:
Many federal offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences. If convicted of one of these offenses, the judge has no discretion. The defendant must serve at least that sentence. A few mandatory minimums are:
If a person implicated in a criminal conspiracy gives federal investigators or prosecutors substantial assistance, the U.S. Attorney may offer a "downward departure." A downward departure is one way to achieve a lesser sentence under Federal Sentencing Manual § 5K1.1.
The downward departure is typically offered as part of a deal struck between prosecutors and defense. The defendant must be extremely careful. By giving information, he or she could be admitting guilt and giving evidence against himself or herself. If the deal falls through, he or she may be in a much weaker position in his or her defense.
It is critical that you be well-represented in this deal to carefully work out all details. Never give the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida or federal law enforcement agents information assuming you will get a lighter sentence. Let a skilled Fort Lauderdale defense lawyer represent you.
Each U.S. District Court covers either an entire state or a district within a state. Florida is divided into three districts. Broward County is located entirely within the Southern District of Florida. There are several courthouses, including one in Fort Lauderdale:U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse
Any matters appealed from a Southern District decision are heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, located in Atlanta.
If you are being investigated by federal agents or face charges in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, which includes Broward County, have an experienced Fort Lauderdale federal defense lawyer represent you. We will seek the best possible results for you. Call us today at (954) 716-8538 to set up a free consultation.
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