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FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE

The Isaacs Law Firm has been practicing in Federal District Court for decades. Let our experience guide you through this challenging experience.

Our firm has successfully represented clients in nearly every area of federal crime including but not limited to:

  • Arson-18 U.S.C. §844(i)

  • Distribution of Controlled Substances Offenses-18 U.S.C. §841 &  §846

    • Opiods​

    • Heroin

    • Marijuana

    • Cocaine

  • Fraud-18 U.S.C. §1343, et seq.

    • Bank Fraud​

    • Wire Fraud

    • Securities Fraud

  • Money Laundering-18 U.S.C. §1956 & §1957

  • Child Pornography-18 U.S.C. §2252

    • Possession​

    • Distrtibution

    • Creation

  • Tax Offenses-18 U.S.C. §7201 et seq.

  • RICO Offenses-18 U.S.C. §1962

THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM

Being charged with a crime can be a scary and overwhelming experience in any court. One of the most important things to understand from the beginning is how the court system operates so that you will better understand the steps you will be experiencing as the case progresses. 

Federal Criminal Investigations:

Federal offenses can fall under the investigative authority of many bodies of law enforcement, including but not limited to the DEA, FBI, ATF, the IRS, and Homeland Security. 

Some individuals are aware of a pending investigation because they have been contacted by one of these agencies or have received a target letter. 

The investigatory phase of a criminal case is critical and can have an enormous influence on how and if criminal charges are pursued. Contacting an attorney as early as possible in this process helps to ensure that you make the right choices from the beginning. 

Initiation of a Federal Criminal Case:

  • United States District Court

A criminal case may be initiated in two ways in federal court, by Criminal Complaint wherein there will be a preliminary hearing, or by Indictment issued by a federal grand jury. An indictment is a more common method in our district. 

Following the issuance on an Indictment, the accused is then arrested and makes an Initial Appearance before a United States Magistrate Judge. At this appearance the Magistrate will ensure that the accused understands the allegations against them and address the issue of obtaining legal counsel. The Court will commonly enter a Scheduling Order at this time, assigning various deadlines to ensure progress towards the trial of the matter. 

As accused individuals progress through this process, it is essential to have legal counsel that can fully investigate the facts set out by the United States and ensure that the constitutional rights of the accused are protected throughout the process. 

The facts and circumstances of each case are critical in determining how the case will proceed, however one important aspect in the federal court system is the use of the United States Sentencing Guidelines. The United States Sentencing Guidelines set out a series of complex factors that are assessed when determining the potential range of punishment for a particular criminal offense. The purpose of these guidelines when established was to create more uniformity among sentences. It is absolutely essential to have an attorney that is well versed and familiar with the entire federal court system process, and particularly the Guidelines, when handling a case. 

The Isaacs Law Firm has decades of experience in the Federal Court System. Ultimately, federal investigations and prosecutions can move very quickly, making it essential that you contact an attorney as early as possible in the process. Let our highly experienced legal team answer your questions today.