Phoenix Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Federal courthouseThe Federal Government has its own set of laws and regulations which U.S. citizens must comply with. These laws are in addition to those of the state of Arizona. When one violates a Federal statute or regulation then they are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Federal District Court. Federal Court is very different from a state court system. Sentencing is guided by a preset list of guidelines and Federal rules of procedure are strictly followed. Defendants facing such charges should retain legal counsel who is familiar with this system. Bretton Barber is licensed in Federal Court, understands the differences in procedure, and is familiar with the rigid Federal Sentencing Guidelines. If you are facing charges in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona then contact our criminal defense attorney immediately.

Phoenix attorney handling federal cases in the District of Arizona

The United States has its own criminal laws which can be found in Title Eighteen of the U.S. Code. Charges can flow from an arrest by either the FBI or local police. Federal charges often involve crimes of a very serious nature and typically involve a felony. Common examples of such offenses include:

  • Drug trafficking
  • White Collar crimes
  • Internet crimes
  • Identity theft
  • Hate Crimes
  • Credit Card and ATM fraud
  • Crimes involving intellectual property
  • Immigration crimes
  • Gun crimes

Convictions for such offenses can result in lengthy sentences in a federal prison. Even after release, a defendant will have to deal with having a permanent criminal record.

The process of a Federal criminal case begins with the U.S. Attorney gaining an Indictment from a Grand Jury. Once the Indictment is issued then the Defendant will be arraigned before a Magistrate. Once one is arraigned a trial date will be set. The defendant’s attorney will receive police reports and other information from the prosecution. Any pre-trial Motions (such as Motions to exclude evidence) will be heard by the Magistrate prior to the trial date. If an agreement is not reached with the prosecution then the case will conclude at a jury trial. If the defendant is convicted then they will typically be sentenced pursuant to the federal sentencing guidelines. Not all attorneys are licensed to practice in Federal Court. Hiring someone with experience in doing so can be crucial to a defense.

Our Phoenix criminal defense lawyer is licensed in the Federal District Court and is able to assist Arizona residents in regards to such charges. Once retained, Bretton Barber will immediately obtain all evidence held by the prosecutor and begin an investigation into the underlying facts of the case. We will file any necessary motions to suppress evidence which was acquired by law enforcement against one’s protection from unreasonable search and seizure. We will ensure that you are adequately prepared for trial and that you know what to expect from the process. Our attorney understands the serious nature of such charges and is ready to assist you. Contact us today for an initial appointment. Bretton offers assistance to those facing Federal charges in either Phoenix or Tucson.

Quality legal representation for Arizona defendants facing Federal charges

It goes without saying that you are under extreme stress if you are facing federal charges. You do not need additional worry over the service you receive from your attorney. Bretton founded the Barber Law Group on the premise that the accused are entitled to respect and their day in Court. We make the provision of quality legal representation a priority. Our office promptly returns emails and phone calls. Our lawyer also regularly provides clients with his personal cell phone number so that he is accessible to answer questions. We treat all cases with this level of respect and will do the same in yours.