Protect Your Rights While Dealing with Federal Charges
Federal Charges and Your Rights
Any federal criminal charge is a serious matter. If you are under investigation by any federal agency, or facing charges, your future freedom is at risk. The conviction rate in federal courts throughout the USA stands at over 90%.
The penalties imposed for federal crimes are extremely severe. Criminal acts that violate federal statutes are harshly punished, often with years in federal prison as well as thousands of dollars in fines, restitution and other punishments. If you are facing federal criminal charges, you need to act quickly to retain federal criminal defense counsel that is focused on protecting your rights.
What are your rights?
What rights do you have when you are accused of a federal crime? Under the U.S. Constitution, you have specific rights that cannot be taken from you. This doesn't mean there won't be an attempt or actions taken that have overstepped the bounds of the law. Every detail of your case must be carefully and skillfully managed.
Some of the rights you retain in this country include the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, and the right to be safe from illegal search and seizure, as well as the right to be safe from an arrest without probable cause. If your property was taken from you, your home or office searched, or if you were arrested and charged with a federal offense, you must get your case evaluated immediately for rights violations. If there was an error in any part of the process that violated your rights, a legal action can be taken to dismiss, or to file a motion to suppress certain evidence.
Right to Remain Silent
This is one of the most easily violated rights – often by the accused. An innocent person usually feels safe in an interview with the federal authorities, although there could be some nervousness. There is real reason to exercise this right if you are being questioned by the FBI, DEA, ATF or other federal agency in a criminal case. Exercise your right to remain silent and contact our firm, Guy L. Womack & Associates, P.C. We are federal criminal defense attorneys, and we will protect you in any interview with the federal authorities. This could not be more important.
Right to an Attorney
You have the right to an attorney. What does this actually mean? You cannot go to a federal trial without an attorney unless you wish to represent yourself. You can be assigned an attorney. Neither of these decisions will protect you well. In any federal crime accusation, you need a highly qualified, experienced federal criminal attorney to represent you. We are a federal crime defense law firm that serves the accused throughout the entire USA in a range of federal charges. We know the system, we are highly professional, and we know how to fight back in federal court. You have the right to an attorney – get the right one on your side.
Probable Cause for an Arrest
You are protected from being arrested without "probable cause." This means that there must be some indication that you were involved in committing an illegal act that violated federal statutes. These crimes are white collar crimes (financial crimes), weapons crimes, sex crimes, computer crimes, and RICO act violations. In order for you to have been legally arrested, there must be enough evidence – that was collected legally, and not through an illegal search and seizure, which is another right you hold in this country – for the federal prosecutor to file charges against you. Some federal investigations go on for months or many years, as federal agencies search out enough evidence to get you arrested. If there was any violation of rights in the arrest, you can be confident that this will be brought to the attention of the prosecutor and the court on an immediate basis.