Federal Crimes Come With Lengthy Sentences

When a federal agency investigates a criminal case, they generally charge their suspects in the federal court system, rather than the state system. This has enormous consequences for those who have been accused of a crime in Peoria or elsewhere in Illinois. Sentencing guidelines for federal crimes often call for lengthy prison sentences; without legal assistance, those accused of such crimes will have a very difficult time avoiding long-term consequences.

There are many federal agencies that have the power to bring federal charges against a person. The DEA, FBI and ATF, for example, commonly pursue federal charges in high-level drug and weapons cases. All of these agencies have one thing in common: they investigate cases very thoroughly, amassing evidence for months or years before making an arrest.

In these situations, it is often the role of the criminal defense attorney not to prove the client's innocence, but to negotiate for the most favorable resolution possible.

Avoiding Mandatory Minimums

Federal sentencing guidelines are very different from those in Illinois' state courts. Federal guidelines often call for mandatory minimum sentences, lengthy jail terms that are automatically applied when a person is convicted.

At Schierer & Ritchie, LLC, we aggressively negotiate your position with an eye toward avoiding these mandatory minimums. Our attorneys have extensive experience in the federal court system; we know how to support our client's position while pushing for alternate charges or reduced sentences.

Don't Hesitate To Seek Assistance

If you are facing federal charges, do not hesitate to contact an experienced defense attorney. Your case may depend on the speed with which your lawyer is able to act. The sooner you seek representation, the more opportunities your attorney will have to achieve a favorable outcome.

The Peoria federal crime lawyers at Schierer & Ritchie, LLC, have extensive experience representing clients in Illinois' federal courts. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please contact us online, or call 309-270-1742 or 800-610-9425.