Most federal cases are these felonies:
- Drug trafficking
- Weapon offenses
- Nonviolent sex offenses
- Racketeering and extortion
- Sexual abuse
- Regulatory violations
- Tax law violations
Plea Bargaining Federal Felony CasesA federal trial and plea bargaining is much like a game of chess apart from the evidence. The greatest players have a great deal of creativity in having to think or re-think a winning strategy, even in the middle of the game in order to increase the odds of winning. Criminal lawyers must also sometimes maneuver their way through a case and sometimes re-think their strategy when the prosecutor (called the United States Attorney in federal cases) unveils new evidence, witnesses, or changes his course.
Federal cases can be complex as US attorneys don't file felony charges in a federal court unless they have very convincing evidence. It's easier for a lawyer to prevent a federal case from being filed because a criminal lawyer knows how to protect someone being investigated for a crime.
Lawyers on the defense for federal cases have a very hard job in either getting the case dismissed or plea bargaining. The Bureau of Justice Assistance reports that 90-95% of federal felony cases end in plea bargaining. This is no surprise as US attorneys usually only file charges when there is so much evidence it's almost impossible for anyone not to see any guilt. The key element criminal lawyers usually build a defense around is how much guilt and intent. This is where criminal lawyers, especially those experienced in federal cases, excel at as it is the grounds for plea bargaining effectively. Plea bargaining can be very effective in reducing charges and even in getting no time having to be served in a federal prison.
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