Multiple Charges for the Same Crime
Most are familiar with the Double Jeopardy Clause, which states that someone cannot be charged for the same crime twice. However, not everyone has heard of its “separate sovereign” exception. Because the state and federal governments are separate entities, double jeopardy does not apply. If you have committed a crime which violates both state and federal law, you are open to facing two sentences for the same offense.
Harsh & Lengthy Sentences
Typically, federal penalties enforce longer sentences and higher fines than equivalent crimes at the state level. Furthermore, those convicted of federal offenses will do time in a federal prison and will not be eligible for parole. Federal offenders can expect to serve at least 85% of their sentences, and once on federal probation, they will be under strict federal supervision without many of the privileges they likely had in the past.
How to Turn Your Situation Around
Though you may be up against several hurdles as a suspected federal offender, you must remember that you are only a suspect. With the help of an experienced attorney, you may be able to prove that your charge is inaccurate and prevent a conviction.
I have personally represented others in your shoes for the past 25 years. Under my representation, many of my clients have had their charges significantly lowered or dropped entirely. After all, I always aim to do whatever it takes to preserve my clients’ rights and independence.