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Federal Criminal Defense

There is an important truth behind the admonition, “Don’t make a federal case of this.”  The truth is that federal crimes are frequently very serious, carrying a far greater risk that the person accused will be convicted and sentenced to a long period of incarceration.  This is so for several reasons.  Federal law enforcement is famously thorough and efficient.  Of course, case agents and federal prosecutors (Assistant United States Attorneys  or AUSAs) make mistakes, but on the whole federal agents investigate thoroughly and  AUSAs prosecute with great skill and determination.   This is particularly true in the federal districts in which Jonathan Marks regularly practices, including the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. 

Criminal Defense Lawyer with Expertise in Defending Serious Federal Charges

Another reason why federal cases are generally more serious than their state counterparts is that federal sentences are frequently extremely harsh.  In drug cases, for example, people charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics usually face a mandatory minimum sentence of five or ten years and sometimes even more.  In white collar cases, mandatory minimum sentences can also apply.  Someone convicted of some types of fraud in tandem with aggravated identity theft faces a mandatory sentence of two years over and above whatever sentence he receives on the fraud conviction.  People convicted of fraud often face double digit sentences depending on the amount of the “intended loss.”

This is not to say that federal charges are hopeless.  They absolutely are not.  Experienced criminal defense lawyers with special expertise in defending federal criminal cases can make a huge difference in the outcome of a case.  Through motion practice, trials, plea bargaining and sentencing advocacy -- the basic tools of the experienced criminal defense lawyer --  an effective advocate can lift the cloud of hopelessness that falls on the unlucky person accused of a federal crime.  Many seemingly hopeless cases can be dismissed.  Others can be won a trial.  Still others can be handled by the skilled lawyer in such a way that a lenient sentence results.

If you are facing criminal charges in the federal courts, call Jonathan Marks, a highly experienced, dedicated and skillful federal criminal defense lawyer, for a free consultation.  He will give you an honest assessment of your case and lay out your options for you.

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