Any crime that is committed falls under either federal or state law. A federal crime is one that is prosecuted under federal criminal law, and not under state criminal law (most cases in the US are prosecuted under state law). Some examples of federal crimes include, mail fraud, drug trafficking (over certain amount and/or under particular circumstances), aircraft hijacking, carjacking, kidnapping, bank robbery, child pornography, credit card fraud, identity theft, computer crimes, federal hate crimes, violations of the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), obscenity, tax evasion, counterfeiting, violations of the Espionage Act, violations of the Patriot Act, illegal wiretapping, art theft from a museum, damaging or destroying mailboxes, immigration offenses, assassinating or attempted assassination of the President or Vice President. Anyone facing a federal charge/charges needs the absolute best defense available to them. Our attorneys are experienced in the federal system and are here to help you make the best out of a not-so-good situation. Federal sentences are much lengthier than the common, state sentences, therefore, without adequate/proper defense, you could serve much more time than one who had a seasoned defense attorney.
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, and we'll schedule your consultation.