Defending Clients In The Federal Court System
The federal court system is not just another court. Federal criminal laws are different from state criminal laws, with their own standards, burdens, definitions and penalties for different crimes. Further, the federal court has its own rules and procedures, which are often much more rigorous and complicated compared to their state counterparts. If you are facing criminal charges in federal court, it is essential to work with an attorney who has been there before.
At Spellman Law, P.C., we are a criminal defense law firm that brings experience, skill and focus when it comes to defending clients against federal criminal charges. Our attorneys focus exclusively on criminal defense.
We Strongly Defend Against Drug Charges
Interstate drug charges are among the most common drug crimes that will be prosecuted in federal court, though the federal government will try many other drug cases, as well. We defend clients against:
- Felony drug charges
- Delivery of controlled substances
- Marijuana crimes
Experienced In Federal Gun Cases
We also represent clients in a wide range of federal drug crime-related matters, including against federal gun charges:
- Felony possession of a firearm: After certain crimes, it is prohibited for people convicted of certain crimes to carry a firearm. To be a prohibited person in possession of firearm is a federal crime.
- Firearm enhancements: This is a big issue that we handle with some frequency. Many otherwise relatively benign criminal sentences like simple possession of marijuana will be increased as a result of the presence of a firearm.
- Conceal and carry: Iowa recently changed state laws, making it easier for a person to obtain a conceal and carry permit.
Internet Crime Cases
Many internet crimes involve virtual information traveling across state lines, increasing the frequency of internet crimes being prosecuted at the federal level.
The Importance Of Challenging Federal Sentencing Guidelines
When a crime is prosecuted in federal court, the court follows the sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimum sentences. Although these guidelines make clear the types of penalties that judges can administer for various criminal convictions, judges do have leeway to impose sentences that are outside of the scope of these guidelines. There is often room to convince a judge that a downward departure is in order, possibly reducing the fines, jail time and other penalties.