If you have been arrested — or contacted by federal or state law enforcement agents requesting a meeting with you — do not give statements or cooperate until you have a chance to speak with us. Call us today.
Are You Possibly Under Investigation?
If you are under investigation by a federal agency, it is crucial to have legal representation at the earliest possible stage of learning of a potential investigation. Federal investigations can follow several different paths. For instance, a federal agency can determine should the matter be handled administratively such as restricting your professional license, a civil penalty, or a criminal case. Getting representation early can help determine that path. When your profession and/or freedom are potentially on the line, it is vital to have experienced counsel in place. Our attorneys have worked with investigators from federal agencies such as the FBI, DEA, ATF and IRS, for decades. Experience counts.
Clearly, the biggest mistake one can make is to underestimate the gravity of a federal investigation or federal charges. The federal justice system carries stiff penalties. The best state court attorney in town may not have the know how to dominate in negotiations with the FBI or federal prosecutors. Our firm knows how to take immediate action to protect you.
- Federal Offenses Handled. Our attorneys have defended clients against almost every federal offense and criminal conspiracy including but not limited to violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute or the Controlled Substances Act, mail and wire fraud, bribery, tax fraud, tax evasion, 21 U.S.C. 846 conspiracy to distribute, 21 U.S.C. 841distribution and possession with intent to distribute, 18 U.S.C. 924 possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, marihuana, Hobbs Act, RICO, bank robbery, kidnapping, and crimes involving computers.
The sooner a potential target of a federal investigation contacts experienced attorneys for help, the greater the chance to avoid criminal charges. The longer you wait, the more time you give the government to investigate you, your business, your affiliates, and possibly your family members. The more time you give the government to build their case, the less time you have to start your defense. Nothing is more effective than a powerful early legal defense strategy to stop and suppress a government investigation. Contact us now for a free and confidential assessment.
Federal prison sentences are calculated differently than state prison sentences are. You may receive (for example) a five (5) year sentence to state penitentiary (a state sentence) where you are required to serve 15% (if you're a non-violent offender) before parole eligible; that is approximately 10 months to serve before seeing a parole board. Federal prisoners, however, are required to serve 85% of their sentence before eligible for release. So, a five (5) year federal sentence (or 60 months, because federal crimes are sentenced in months, not years), you would have to serve 4.25 years (or approximately 51 months) before you're eligible for release. Two, five (5) year sentences (examples), with drastically different sentencing guidelines, and amount of time one will serve in prison. Our experienced defense attorneys are here for those charged with a federal crime, and we will exert ourselves to see that you are sentenced fairly, or found not-guilty, for those who are innocent.
Federal crimes are sentenced based on a point system. It is an intricate system, and points are based on a wide range of things from the crime committed, cooperation of the defendant, the education level of the defendant, the defendant's criminal history, age, and many other various factors. Federal probation is available to offenders who fall within “Zone A” of the federal sentencing table. There are four (4) sentencing zones; A, B, C, and D, and you qualify for each one based on your total number of points. A is the least, and the sentences increase all the way up to D, where you can get a life sentence in federal prison if you meet the point qualifications. If you or a loved one has been charged with a federal crime, or you have any questions about a federal crime, let our defense team at Baldani, Rowland, & Richardson aggressively fight for your rights. You deserve the best defense possible, so give us a call at (859) 259-0727 to schedule your consultation.