Federal Criminal Defense in Seattle
Knowledgeable Representation in Federal Courts Across Washington
If you have been charged with a federal crime, it is crucial to seek out representation from an attorney with experience defending clients in federal court. The federal crime attorneys in Seattle at Hart Jarvis Murray Chang PLLC have represented many clients facing criminal charges in both state and federal court. If you were charged with a federal crime, it is important you get started on your case right away.
Legal Representation in Federal Court
While most criminal cases are handled in state court, crimes that violate federal law are prosecuted in federal court. These include crimes that are illegal throughout the country or crimes that occur across state lines, such as drug trafficking or kidnapping.
Some examples of federal crimes include:
- Drug trafficking
- Environmental crimes
- Money laundering
- Internet crimes
- Sex crimes
- Criminal activity on federal property
Individuals convicted of federal crimes face harsh penalties, particularly when those crimes are felonies. The length of incarceration is often longer in federal cases than those prosecuted at the state level. There are also harsh mandatory minimum sentences for many types of felonies in federal court, so it is especially important to hire a lawyer with specific experience in federal court.
Defending You in Federal Court
The procedures in federal court differ from state court. In addition, federal law enforcement agencies may have been investigating the case for a significant period of time prior to charging. Federal prosecutors will aggressively pursue conviction. Our federal crime attorneys in Seattle gather evidence in discovery and conduct an independent investigation to find evidence that may lead to lesser charges or an acquittal. As your advocate, we will work with you to prepare a solid defense and protect your rights throughout the process.