Most crimes fall under the jurisdiction of the state where the offense occurred, but there are exceptions. The federal government has responsibility for enforcing crimes that violate a statute pass by the United State Congress, called federal crimes. There are many federal crimes, but the most common are kidnapping across state lines, interstate drug trafficking, counterfeiting, acts of terrorism, bank robbery and postal fraud.
If you are charged with a federal crime, you’ll need a lawyer licensed to practice in the federal court where the case is pending.
Here’s what to expect if you’re charged with a federal crime:
After you are arrested, a pretrial services or probation officer of the court will interview and look into your background. The information they gather will help a judge decide whether to release you into the community before your trial or impose conditions of release.
At your first court appearance, the judge will tell you what charges have been filed, consider whether to release you on bail or remand you to jail, and determine whether there is probable cause to believe you committed the crime(s) you’re being charged with. If the judge decides there’s probable, the case will move forward.
Next up is an arraignment, where you will enter your plea. You have three choices …
- You can ask for a continuance, which would give you and your lawyer more time to discuss the strategy of your plea.
- You can plead guilty, after which a case will be established for your sentence.
- You can plead not guilty. If you do that, your case will be set for a pre-trial conference and jury trial.
If you plead not guilty, a trial date will be set.
As a defendant, you have the right to a trial in which there are 12 jurors deciding the verdict. You also have the right to waive a jury trial and have the judge decide.
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