The federal criminal justice system is considerably different from its state counterpart. Federal cases often are more complex, and punishment, which is informed by the US Sentencing Guidelines, is far more harsh. Individuals who are prosecuted in federal court often face tough mandatory minimum sentences, which, in recent years, have been at the heart of calls for criminal justice reform.
Federal prosecutions also are unique because the federal government seems to have unlimited financial and human resources. The investigation of any particular criminal suspect often spans years and involves multiple law enforcement agencies. For example, a seemingly routine drug investigation may involve law enforcement personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and Secret Service. Additionally, local law enforcement officers, such as municipal police officers or deputy sheriffs, often work with federal agents during an investigation and can also lead the investigation itself.
Representing a client in a federal criminal case requires extensive experience with pre-trial analysis, including the review of discovery and consideration of evidentiary rules that will inform how the government presents its case at trial. Moreover, engaging in plea negotiations that will result in a favorable sentencing outcome necessitates a detailed understanding of the application and interpretation of the US Sentencing Guidelines. Our experience in federal court in North Carolina is extensive, and includes work in the following types of cases:
If you or a family member would like to discuss how we can represent you in a federal criminal case, please contact Dhamian Blue at (919) 833-1931.