Criminal Defense Law Center
West Michigan

Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are being investigated or arrested by federal law enforcement agencies, you are facing serious criminal charges.  You need to talk to Shawn from The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan as soon as possible if you are facing federal charges such as:

We will provide you with a fierce federal criminal defense attorney for federal charges. We have the tools needed to get you the best results possible on your federal charges and we won’t charge you an arm and a leg like other lawyers do.

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Federal Charges Are Tough

Federal charges could result in you facing serious penalties. We can protect you from federal authorities such as the FBI, IRS and the DEA.

Federal drug charges can result in fines that reach millions of dollars and prison time. If a person already has a drug offense on their record, a person could be facing life in prison for an interstate trafficking charge.

If a person is charged with tax fraud or tax evasion, they could face up to a $25,000 dollar fine and a year in prison for each year a tax return was not received.

A wise person would call a federal criminal defense attorney at The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan if they are ever charged with federal tax fraud or evasion at 616-438-6719.

Racketeering has a broad definition. Any activity that involves being involved with an illegal organization is referred to as racketeering.  Racketeering is a felony at the federal level that is pursued under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Act (RICO), resulting in fines, restitution and prison time if convicted.

In addition to the harsh criminal penalties for RICO charges, which are handled at the federal level, any assets that were gained through racketeering must be forfeited. Additionally, the plaintiff may be able to obtain compensation for attorney fees and additional damages depending on the circumstances of the case.

The original intent of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was to fight Mafia crimes. Today, it is much more frequently used as a tool by prosecutors to go after white-collar criminals. RICO charges are often brought in cases involving federal charges relating to white-collar crimes such as:

  • Credit card fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Money laundering
  • Insurance fraud
  • Billing fraud
  • Federal conspiracy

The Process for a Federal Criminal Case in Michigan

Federal cases are unique because there are some steps in the process that happens far more frequently than in state cases.

According to The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the federal process can have the following stages:

  1. Investigation: Federal agencies, such as the DEA, ATF FBI or DHS, are often involved in collecting evidence in federal criminal cases.
  2. Charging: The prosecutor, once the investigation is done, will review the evidence gathered and decide whether to present your case to a grand jury.
  3. Initial Hearing/Arraignment: after a defendant is arrested and charged, an initial hearing with a judge will occur. A plea will likely happen at this stage.
  4. Discovery: The defense attorney and prosecutor review the case and share the required records needed for trial.
  5. Plea Bargaining: If the government has a strong case, the defendant may not be offered a plea deal. If the government does decide to offer a plea deal, the defendant must agree to plead guilty or no contest in court.
  6. Preliminary Hearing: If the defendant pleads not guilty, the prosecutor may be required to demonstrate that there is enough evidence to warrant a trial. In many cases, the defendant will waive this step.
  7. Pre-Trial Motions: The prosecutor or the defense attorney may make pre-trial motions.
  8. Trial: This is where the prosecutor presents evidence in an attempt to prove the defendant’s guilt to the jury. Trials have opening statements, witness examination, objections, and closing arguments.
  9. Post-Trial Motions: If the defendant is convicted, the defendant may want to file a post-trial motion.
  10. Sentencing: several months after the trial, the defendant will be sentenced. Congress has set minimum and maximum punishments that guide the judge’s decision.
  11. Appeal: If the defense believes their client was wrongfully convicted, they may appeal the verdict.

As you can see, there are a lot of steps in a federal case! If you have any questions, don’t wait to call Shawn today at 616-438-6719.

The punishments for being convicted of a federal crime are too harsh to face alone! You need an aggressive lawyer at your side.

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  • 2675 44th Street SW
    Suite 303
    Wyoming, MI 49519
  • 616-438-6719
Criminal Defense Law Center West Michigan

Attorney Shawn Haff
We are available by phone 24/7