White Collar Criminal Defense in Maryland
Federal government prosecution of white collar crimes in Maryland has increased and there has also been an increase in the publicity surrounding certain white collar crimes. The federal government has dedicated considerable resources to pursuing white collar criminals in Maryland and across the country in an attempt to discourage abuse and protect the public. Unfortunately this increased scrutiny means more and more people find themselves surprised by charges filed against them and needing defense attorneys.
Most Attorneys Do Not Practice In Federal Court
Making this situation even more difficult for many folks is the fact that white collar crimes are often prosecuted in federal court rather than state court. While the state courts do have many white collar cases, federal court tends to be the place where significant white collar offenses are investigated, charged, and prosecuted. For someone unfamiliar with the court systems the difference may not seem substantial but the reality is that the difference is huge. Working with an attorney that practices regularly in federal court is essential to ensuring the best possible result in a federal white collar criminal charge in Maryland.
At KaiserDillon PLLC we dedicate a considerable portion of our practice to the federal court system. We understand federal criminal procedure, federal criminal law, and the federal sentencing guidelines.
Federal Criminal Procedure
The term “federal criminal procedure” refers to how cases progress through the federal court system and covers things like the bail schedule, the forms used and how documents are presented. The last thing you want when facing a white collar criminal case in Maryland is to be concerned because your attorney does not know the local court procedures. By working with an attorney at KaiserDillon PLLC on your white collar criminal case in Maryland you can be sure that your attorney is familiar with all aspects of federal criminal procedure and that your case will be presented in line with the requirements of the Maryland courts.
Federal Sentencing Guidelines
In state court the judges and juries often have more discretion that they do in a federal criminal case. In federal court there are a number of very strict sentencing guidelines that cannot be changed by a judge or jury. These guidelines are not binding on federal judges as they impose sentence, but a federal judge has to look at them. This means that mounting an effective defense with an eye toward the sentencing guidelines from the beginning in your Maryland white collar criminal case is extremely important.
Hiring an attorney that understands federal court and can provide you with a customized defense is the best thing you can do to protect your rights. At KaiserDillon PLLC we offer no obligation consultations to help you decide the best course of action.
Please call us at (202) 640 - 2850 to discuss your case.