Long Island federal criminal defense lawyer Jason Bassett releases a new article (https://jbassettlaw.com/federal-criminal-cases-vs-state-criminal-cases/) explaining the differences between federal and state criminal cases. The lawyer mentions that penalties and possible sentences for federal crimes are more serious than what a person will face under state law. The federal law also has a more significant legal procedure and requires an experienced attorney to navigate the justice system.
“Very often, when someone is arrested in federal court, it is the result of a federal agent had secured an arrest warrant and made the arrest pursuant to that warrant. This is unlike most state arrests where the officer will arrest someone after observing them commit a crime. Once someone is arrested in the federal system, that defendant has to be brought before a magistrate judge without unnecessary delay,” says the Long Island federal criminal defense lawyer.
The lawyer explains that at the federal courthouse, the agents bring the defendant to the U.S. Marshals Service and the deputy Marshalls will allow the individual to speak to their attorney if they already have one.
Attorney Jason Bassett adds that a pretrial services officer will speak to the defendant prior to the defendant’s appearance in court and that officer prepares a report which includes a bail recommendation. The defendant and their attorney will then review the complaint and pretrial services report.
In the article, attorney Bassett says that you should be speaking to the authorities with your attorney every step of the way. Sometimes, cooperating with the authorities can be to a person’s advantage. However, if one eventually pleads guilty to a federal crime, their cooperation will be considered.
According to the lawyer, “The Federal Sentencing Guidelines are extremely complex and arcane. They are probably the single biggest difference between practicing in state court and federal court. They are one of the biggest reasons why one needs an experienced federal criminal practitioner who fully understands how these guidelines work. Entire books and manuals are published on how to interpret the guidelines.”
Lastly, attorney Bassett emphasizes the importance of having a skilled defense lawyer when facing federal charges. An experienced lawyer may be able to help the defendant protect their rights and their freedom.
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