Lafayette Federal Crime Attorney
What do I do if I've been arrested for a federal crime?
As U.S. citizens, we are not only held to the state laws in place but also federal laws. Applicable federal laws are often slightly different than their corresponding state laws, and consequently, the penalties can be different. There are many crimes such as various sex offenses that can be charged at both the state and federal levels, and depending on your circumstances, the federal courts may or may not decide to prosecute. When crimes cross state lines, such as interstate drug crimes and Internet child pornography, federal laws may apply. In addition, any crime that is committed on federal property is considered a federal crime.
The federal sentencing model is set up according to an offense level (1 - 43), and a criminal history level (1 - 5). Depending on the offense level and your criminal history, you could face from six months in prison up to life in federal prison. First-degree murder carries an offense level of 43, and therefore carries a life-imprisonment sentence. First-degree murder involves the unlawful killing of another person with malice aforethought. If you are arrested and charged with this premeditated murder, then you need skilled federal criminal defense representation on your side as soon as possible.
Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer
At Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., we are dedicated to supplying you with excellent representation and we can provide you with the assistance that you need in your situation if you have been charged with a federal crime. We have more than 20 years of experience in handling various criminal offenses and we have a long history of success in the types of cases that we handle. We are caring, committed, and capable trial attorneys who are among the best at what we do in and out of the courtroom. Your situation is important to us, and we can put our experience to work for you. Seek the legal representation of our firm as soon as possible.