Kentucky has its own laws which our citizens must follow. Violation of these laws will lead to prosecution in our state courts. The federal government, however, has its own laws which must be followed. Violating a federal statute can result in someone facing charges in the U.S. District Court. Such charges will mean being prosecuted by the United States Department of Justice, being subjected to the federal rules of procedure, and possibly being sentenced under the federal sentencing guidelines. Not all criminal defense attorneys are licensed to practice in Federal Court. It is, therefore, crucial that you retain a Louisville lawyer who is able and qualified to assist you. Will Corrigan is licensed in the Western District of Kentucky and assists those who have been charged by the federal government. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.
Louisville defense attorney representing those facing charges in Federal Court
The United States has its own criminal laws which are primarily defined in Title 18 of the U.S. Code. Violation of these laws can lead to one being arrested by the F.B.I., the Drug Enforcement Agency, or U.S. Marshall Service. Federal charges are often serious in nature. This is why our society has coined the phrase “let’s not make a federal case out of it.” Such matters may include allegations of drug trafficking, child pornography, and serious white collar crimes. One may also face federal charges if they possessed a firearm after being convicted of a felony or if they committed any type of offense while on federal property. As explained below, punishment for these offenses will differ from that in our state system.
Federal charges will typically begin with the issuance of an Indictment by the Grand Jury. A defendant will be arraigned before a U.S. Magistrate. A trial date will be set and defense counsel will be provided with discovery by the the prosecutor. The discovery will include police reports, witness statements, and any evidence which the prosecution is required to disclose under the Supreme Court’s Brady decision. If it appears that law enforcement violated the defendant’s Fourth or Fifth Amendment rights then counsel may file a Motion to exclude any illegally obtained evidence or statements from Court proceedings. After an evidentiary hearing has been held on any relevant Motions then, if a favorable negotiated agreement cannot be reached, the case will proceed to trial. A jury will typically decide issues of guilt or innocence. If there is a conviction then the Judge will issue a sentence pursuant to the federal sentencing guidelines. This is a complicated process from start to finish and the rules of evidence will be strictly enforced. It is important that you retain a lawyer able to handle such matters.
Will Corrigan is a Louisville defense attorney who is licensed in Federal Court. Will uses an initial consultation to hear your side of the story and to help you understand what it is you should expect as the case moves forward. He will immediately obtain the discovery and conduct any initial investigation which he deems necessary to building your defense. Should it appear that state or federal officers violated your right against unreasonable search and seizure then he will quickly file any necessary Motions with the Court. Depending on the nature of the case, success on such a Motion may result in a dismissal. Will takes the necessary steps to ensure that your case is prepared for a trial and that your rights are protected from beginning to end. He understands the serious nature of your situation and the impact that it can have on your future. We are ready to assist you. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
Federal lawyer staying in regular contact with Louisville defendants who face charges
If you are facing the weight of the United States government then you have enough to deal with. You do not need the added stress of having an attorney who provides a poor level of service. In addition to providing aggressive representation, Will strives to stay in regular communication with his clients. This includes providing clients with his cell phone number, promptly responding to phone calls and texts, and providing copies of the discovery to those who he represents. We understand that lawyers have a reputation of not staying in communication with their clients. We strive to be different in this regard. Contact us today if you are facing federal charges.