When You Need More Than A Local Defense Attorney

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Many people do not understand the difference between state and federal law. They feel that if you are being questioned, detained, or arrested it doesn't matter who the governing agency is. However, it is important that you know who it is and then contact the correct legal representative to help you. If you are having a problem with the local or state police, you can use a local lawyer. When you have federal agents like the FBI involved, be sure to call a federal defense attorney. Here are just a few of the reasons you will need federal representation for a federal case.

Familiarity and Experience

While the basic process is the same, and the law is the law, things tend to play out a bit differently in federal court. Part of this is due to the vast resources available to federal agencies. The amount of time these cases generally take is another consideration. The feds tend to have cases that they investigate for a lot longer than local police have. Unless the situation is time sensitive, you may be involved for a year or even much longer. Federal lawyers understand this and know how to work with the other people involved. They are also willing to commit to the longer amount of time. Finally, they have experience dealing with the people involved so they understand what to expect.

Witness or "Person of Interest"

Just because you have not been arrested does not mean you do not need legal representation. In fact, you may not even know if you are being contacted as a witness or if you are actually a person of interest in the case. Federal agents may not actually give you many details about why they are contacting you. This is why it is imperative that you contact a lawyer experienced with federal law and say nothing until that lawyer shows up. They will find out exactly what is going on and then help you understand so you can properly talk with the agents. 

Lying or Saying Things That Can Be Used Against You

It is important you understand that regardless of whether you are a witness or being accused of a crime if you lie to a federal agent you are probably going to end up doing some time in jail. It is also very easy to be confused and say something you did not mean to say or that is not exactly right and have it used against you in the future. Federal agents are adept at twisting things around to confuse you to trip you up or trap you in some way. A good federal criminal attorney can be a huge help when being questioned to avoid unnecessary problems.

The important thing to keep in mind is that you still have the right to an attorney when contacted by any federal agent. Take advantage of this and be sure to contact one before saying anything.


14 January 2019