Defending Federal Charges
Federal criminal charges can result in serious penalties, sometimes involving mandatory sentencing upon conviction. If you are convicted of a federal offense, you could face sentences as harsh as life in prison. When you are facing federal charges for a crime, it is important to take immediate action to protect your rights. At Nemann Law Offices, we provide experienced representation to clients charged with federal offenses. We take a proactive, aggressive approach to defend your rights and fight back against the charges. Federal court has its own regulations and procedures. Your lawyer must have experience in federal court in order to defend you. We have extensive experience practicing in federal courts in Ohio and the surrounding area, including the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. For a free consultation, call us locally at 614-333-6007 or toll free at 888-294-9687.
Federal Sentencing Guidelines
The Federal Sentencing Guidelines determine sentences based primarily on two factors:
1.the conduct associated with the offense (the offense conduct, which produces the offense level)
2.the defendant's criminal history (the criminal history category)
The Sentencing Table in the Guidelines Manual shows the relationship between these two factors; for each pairing of offense level and criminal history category, the Table specifies a sentencing range, in months, within which the court may sentence a defendant. For example, for a defendant convicted on an offense with a total offense level of 22 and a criminal history category of I, the Guidelines recommend a sentence of 41–51 months, considering the year of the offense to be the same as the year of the guidelines. If, however, a person with an extensive criminal history (Category VI) committed the same offense in the same manner in the same modern timeline and not during the older guideline periods, the Guidelines would recommend a sentence of 84–105 months.
Departures are allowed in cases involving substantial assistance to authorities. The Sentencing Reform Act even allows a departure below the applicable statutory mandatory minimum in such cases. There can be substantial assistance that can be grounds for significant reductions in federal criminal justice sentences in the United States. (Click HERE for more detailed information on Sentencing Guidelines)
The Rest of Your Life May Be at Stake
If have been charged with a federal offense, it is important to speak with an Ohio criminal defense attorney immediately. The sooner that we become involved, the better opportunity we have to build a strong case to protect your rights. Even if we cannot get the charges dismissed, we may be able to negotiate with the prosecution for a lesser charge and minimize the penalties you will face. We are dedicated to protecting your rights at any stage of the proceedings: before charges are filed, during an investigation, or, if necessary, even after conviction. Federal prosecutors have extensive resources that often extend beyond the capabilities of a state criminal system. When you are facing charges for a federal offense, it is imperative that you seek an experienced attorney who can effectively assert your rights and challenge the evidence presented by the prosecution. If you have been convicted, we can also represent you in a pre-sentencing investigation (PSI) that will affect your sentence under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. We are experienced in the defense of numerous federal crimes, including:
This is the time for aggressive defense. Contact us to arrange a free consultation.
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