female judge on benchThis is the first post in a series of articles which will discuss defending against federal charges in the Central District of Illinois. I have decided to write on this topic due to the fact that it is common for Defendants to be unsure as to how they should proceed when they have been charged by the United States government. The federal system varies greatly from the Illinois state courts and this means that an accused individual is facing a different legal system. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of an attorney. If you or a loved one have been arrested then contact my office today to speak with a Peoria federal defense lawyer.

I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. Some of the issues which I will analyze include:

  • The types of cases typically charged in the Central District of Illinois
  • The process one faces in a federal case
  • Utilizing expert witnesses in complex federal cases
  • How the federal sentencing guidelines impact Illinois defendants

I have chosen to write on these topics for multiple reasons. First, cases brought in Illinois’ Central District are filed pursuant to the US criminal code. Such charges typically include being a felon in possession of a firearm, “white collar” crimes, one being in possession of illegal pornographic material, bank robbery, and more. There are other types of charges which are not within the purview of the federal government. Second, as a general principle, the rules of procedure are more strictly enforced in the federal system. This makes understanding the process which one faces all the more important. Third, given the serious nature of federal charges, it can be necessary to retain an expert. Such individuals are typically needed in white collar cases involving complex financial matters, as well as cyber crimes. It is important that your attorney be experienced in the handling of such experts. Finally, if a defendant is convicted then they will typically be sentenced pursuant to the federal sentencing guidelines. Understanding how these guidelines work is crucial to making the argument for a lesser sentence.

If you or a family member have been charged by the US government then it is important that you retain counsel to assist you. Not all attorneys are licensed to practice in federal court and fewer actually have experience doing so. By retaining experienced and qualified counsel, you improve the chances of your case being handled correctly. I am a Peoria federal defense lawyer who strives to provide the highest level of service. My office understands that this is a serious time in your life and we will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. I also handle federal matters in Urbana.