The Process in Federal Court

What is the criminal process for Title 18 cases?

Title 18 offenses are filed at the federal level. They often include, but are not limited to, white-collar crimes, such as money laundering, fraud or drug trafficking cases in which state borders or US borders have been crossed in the commission of the crime. Defending charges at the federal level requires exact knowledge of how the federal courts operate and the rules and procedures used. At Guy L. Womack & Associates, P.C., the federal criminal defense attorneys are very experienced in defending a range of Title 18 crimes in federal courts and are dedicated advocates for the criminally accused.

The Title 18 process follows these basic guidelines:

  • Investigation. Conducted either by federal authorities or state authorities who then turn the results over to the US Attorney's office
  • A person is considered a "target" of an investigation when there is evidence that further discovery could result in an indictment. A person is considered a "subject" in an investigation when evidence indicates he could become a target. Lastly, a person can simply be a potential "witness."
  • Evidence is sent to grand jury. When enough evidence is gathered, prosecutor will send the grand jury his proposal for an indictment.
  • Grand jury votes of whether to indict or not.
  • If they vote yes, formal charges are brought against the defendant and he is arrested.
  • Bail may or may not be granted.
  • Defendant and his attorney could enter into possible plea negotiations or sentence bargaining.
  • Or case goes to trial.

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