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IF THE FEDS COME CALLING, MAKE SURE THE LAWYER YOU HIRE KNOWS HOW THE FEDERAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM WORKS.

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FEDERAL GRAND JURY TARGET

If you are the target of a federal criminal investigation, you need to hire an EXPERIENCED federal crimes attorney. Federal court differs in many ways from State court. If you are considering hiring a lawyer, ask how many federal cases that lawyer has handled. Carlo D’Angelo has handled hundreds of federal criminal cases over the course of his 20-year career. How a lawyer handles the federal grand jury stage of a federal criminal investigation can make the difference between a client being treated as a target of criminal prosecution or merely a cooperating witness. Be sure the lawyer you are considering hiring is known and respected by federal prosecutors and investigating agents for being a competent federal criminal defense attorney.

 

FEDERAL JURY TRIAL

If you are indicted and facing federal trial, be sure the attorney you hire has actually tried a federal case. You’d be surprised to learn how many criminal attorneys out there are taking federal cases despite the fact that they have never been in a federal trial. There is a 97% conviction rate in federal court. Who you hire to handle your federal criminal case can make the difference between you potentially being in that rare 3% of defendants who avoid a federal conviction.

 

FEDERAL SENTENCING

If a trial is not in your best interest, then you will need a criminal defense attorney who has experience in negotiating a plea agreement. State court attorneys are not versed in the complexity of federal plea agreements. A plea agreement in federal court is a contract and it’s much more complicated than the simple plea agreements that are reached in State court. Before you sign a multi-page binding plea agreement, and give up your right to go to trial, you need an experienced federal attorney to prepare an estimate of what your federal sentence might be under the United States Sentencing Guidelines. Again, you’d be surprised to know how many criminal defense attorneys out there take on federal clients, but have never been through a federal sentencing hearing. Federal sentencing is a complex area of law and if a lawyer does not understand the United States Sentencing Guidelines, that can negatively impact your case. You don’t want to blindsided at sentencing with guideline enhancements that can substantially increase your sentence.

 

FEDERAL APPEALS

If things don’t go well at trial or sentencing, then you will need an experienced appellate attorney to take your case up on appeal. Carlo has handled dozens of federal criminal appeals and has made numerous oral arguments before the Untied States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. If you don’t raise the proper claims of error on appeal, then you may miss the only chance you have to reverse your conviction. Be sure the federal appellate lawyer you hire knows how to spot those critically important issues and argue them on appeal.

 

DOES THE LAWYER YOU HIRE KNOW HIS WAY AROUND THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM? IF NOT, THEN DON’T LET THAT LAWYER FIGURE IT OUT ON YOUR CASE.

Criminal Defense Attorney East TexasCarlo D’Angelo knows the U.S. District courts in East Texas. Carlo has earned the respect of judges and Assistant United States Attorneys in federal courts from Sherman to Beaumont, Tyler to Texarkana and the DFW area. Carlo has 20-years of experience representing people accused of all types of federal crimes, including:

  • Federal Drug Crimes involving substantial quantities controlled substances and weapons
  • White collar financial crimes such as bank fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, embezzlement, money laundering and tax evasion
  • Conspiracy crimes resulting in charges under the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act or other federal statutes
  • Child Pornography and other crimes often committed using the Internet
  • Violent federal offenses such as bank robbery, carjacking, capital murder and other federal felonies carrying the stiffest penalties
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