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Representation for Criminal Charges at the Federal Level

If you are currently dealing with federal charges, it is vital that you take every step necessary to defend your name and freedom during this difficult and stressful time in your life. You should immediately seek legal counsel a qualified Melbourne criminal defense attorney who has the procedural knowledge to guide you through the complicated process. At The Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, the attorneys are backed by 20+ years of experience representing the criminally accused.

The team is well-versed in federal criminal law and will provide the legal representation necessary to refute the charges against you and keep the federal government from encroaching on your rights. This commitment to client service and the liberty of the people they defend has allowed the firm to productively argue many federal cases.

If you are under investigation for a federal offense, call (321) 248-7742 for a FREE consultation with a Melbourne federal crimes lawyers.

Protecting Your Constitutional Rights

Being under investigation for a federal offense can be an anxiety-inducing and scary situation. It can seem as though the federal government can do whatever they want, whenever they want. Even though there have been instances of the federal government abusing their power, they are to be held accountable for their mistakes, like any other organization. A competent federal criminal defense attorney can effectively argue in your defense and make certain that your constitutional rights are protected.

    Differences Between State & Federal Charges in Florida

    There are a few key differences between how state and federal offenses are tried. First, there is no bail schedule for a federal case. If arrested on a federal charge, the arrestee must be taken before a United States Magistrate for bail to be set. Second, during the pre-trial stage, the “pre-trial discovery” in federal court is not required until much later in the case. Under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the prosecutor is not required to provide witness statements until after the witness has testified in the trial.

    Lastly, in federal court, both the United States Code and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines control sentencing instead of the judge exercising discretion. A federal judge is required to sentence according to a formula, which is a combination of the offense of conviction and the defendant’s criminal history. Once the offense of conviction and the prior record is determined, the judge uses a chart to determine the sentence that must be imposed.

    Ensure you are represented by an attorney who is thoroughly familiar with federal court procedures! Contact the firm today. ​​​​​​

    Types of Federal Offenses in Florida

    There are two ways in which an individual could be charged with a federal offense in Florida. The first, more common charges stem from a violation of federal law. The second, less common way, is by committing a crime on federal property or against a federal agency.

    Violation of federal law offenses could include, but are not limited to:

    • Federal drug offenses
    • Child pornography
    • Internet crimes
    • White collar crimes (credit card fraud, identity theft, financial fraud)
    • Immigration violations (such as illegal re-entry after deportation)
    • Firearms offenses
    • Terrorism offenses
    • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) offenses and/or conspiracy charges
    • Gang-related offenses

    Committing crime on federal property or against an agency could include, but are not limited to:

    • Airports and/or airplanes
    • Federal government buildings
    • Federal or national parks

    Act Now – Get the Defense You Need Today!

    If you or a loved one is currently under investigation for a federal offense in the state of Florida, it would be in your best interest to work with a Melbourne criminal defense attorney who can effectively defend you against the charges that have been levied against you. With all of the complications and consequences that could stem from a federal charge, knowing your options and acting on them in a timely fashion is paramount in finding a favorable solution to this problem.

    The firm proudly represents individuals throughout Central and Eastern Florida, including Brevard, Orange, Volusia, Seminole, Indian River, and Osceola counties, among many others.

    Discuss your case in a free consultation with the Melbourne federal criminal defense attorneys from the firm today.

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    Why Hire Germain & McCarthy?

    • Our attorneys have over 20 years of combined experience.
    • We have an exceptional reputation & hundreds of happy clients.
    • Our attorneys have a proven track record in handling cases like yours.
    • We offer free consultations to all of our clients no matter the case.
    • We are available and accessible 24/7 for all of your legal needs.