All criminal charges should be taken seriously. This is particularly true when the charge is at the federal level. While those convicted of a crime at the state level in Virginia could face serious consequences, these penalties are even harsher when a conviction occurs in a federal court.
Multiple crimes could be charged at a federal level, including RICO violations, some drug crimes and weapons charges. As is the case with charges at the state level, the penalties associated with a conviction will vary depending on the specifics surrounding the alleged crime.
If you have been charged with a crime at the federal level you have a lot to lose. Accordingly, it is in your best interest to take steps to build a defense in a timely manner. A lawyer who has experience handling federal cases is generally a good place to start. The sooner that person is contacted, the better. Ideally, contact should be made as soon as you learn you are under investigation, and before charges are even filed. There may be things a lawyer can do to prevent charges from being filed in the first place.
The lawyers at our firm understand federal charges and the importance of starting early to build a defense. We represent people charged with RICO, drug and weapons crimes, in federal court. To learn more about our practice, please see our website.