Federal v. State Charges
Facing Charges? Contact a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
If you are under investigation by a federal agency or have already been indicted on federal charges, your future may be at stake. Federal offenses are prosecuted by government agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and can oftentimes carry penalties that are far more severe than those levied by state courts. At Guy L. Womack & Associates, P.C. our federal criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience representing the accused in federal court and can use our intricate understanding of the federal legal system to your advantage.
Having defended clients against various types of federal drug offenses,
federal sex crimes, computer crimes,
money laundering and other
white collar crimes, our firm has the vast knowledge and passion to protect your freedom against the prosecution's claims. We proudly serve as defense counsel for accused individuals throughout the United States and are licensed to practice in all federal courts.
Call (713) 364-9913 to tell us about your situation today.
About Federal and State Courts
Both the states and the federal government have the power to prosecute individuals for criminal offenses, with each having its own separate court system. Any issues that deal with a violation of federal statutes or the United States constitution fall within the federal court system's jurisdiction and will therefore be prosecuted in federal courts. In total, there are 94 District Courts and 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals in the federal court system.
Judges in the federal court system are nominated by the president and, after being approved by the senate, serve for life. Federal prosecutors, on the other hand, begin their careers in the state system and are selected to serve the government after rising through the ranks. This is why federal prosecutors are widely regarded as some of the toughest in the nation and have a reputation for prosecuting cases with extreme tenacity.
Federal Charges Require a Powerful Defense
When considering the professional pedigree of the prosecution and judges found within the federal system, it is imperative for accused individuals to retain an equally aggressive defense to maximize their chances of securing a desirable outcome. Federal offenses almost always carry harsher consequences than their state counterparts and can expose a person to a lengthy prison term, expensive fines, and elimination from holding certain occupations.
Crimes that are punishable under federal law include the following:
- Drug trafficking
- Violations of securities laws
- Violations of interstate commerce
What is the Conviction Percentage in Federal Court?
More than 90% of individuals who are prosecuted in federal court are convicted. If you are facing federal charges, it is of utmost importance that you entrust your case to a hard-hitting federal criminal defense attorney to vastly improve your chances of securing a reduction or dismissal of your charges. At Guy L. Womack & Associates, P.C, our lawyers can carefully craft a custom-tailored defense and provide the trial-tested support you need during this difficult time.
Contact Guy L. Womack & Associates, P.C. today for professional defense counsel for federal charges in Houston and throughout the USA.