Federal Crimes

Although state and federal courts have many similarities, not every lawyer is qualified to practice at the federal level. Many procedures are different in federal court, so it is important to hire an attorney who knows the terrain.

At DeVries Law Office, we are prepared to take on nearly any criminal case in state or federal court. Since 1996, our attorney, Scott A. Devries, has been licensed to practice in U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of Indiana.

Our firm represents individuals facing federal charges for a variety of crimes, including:

  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Firearms offenses
  • Embezzlement and other financial crimes

How Is Sentencing Different In Federal Court?

In many respects, the stakes are higher in federal cases. This is especially true of sentencing. At the federal level, sentencing tends to be more structured and the sentences themselves are typically more severe than in state court.

When facing such dire consequences, it is crucial to hire an attorney who can guide you through the entire process and advocate strongly on your behalf.

How Is Jurisdiction Decided In A Criminal Case?

Sometimes a crime can be prosecuted in either state or federal court. In such cases, the federal government typically decides whether it will prosecute the case instead of having the state prosecute it. Although there may not be much transparency about why a federal prosecutor would choose to accept or deny any given case, some questions considered include:

  • What is the size of the alleged criminal enterprise?
  • How long has the illegal activity been going on?
  • In drug cases: Does the case involve a large quantity of drugs?
  • Were firearms involved?
  • Did the criminal activity cross state lines?
  • Was a large amount of money or property seized?

If federal prosecutors choose not to pursue a case, it will then be tried in state court.

Federal Crime Defense Lawyer Offering Free Initial Consultations

Attorney Scott A. DeVries is a former deputy prosecutor, and Master Commissioner in Marion County criminal courts, and has significant criminal defense experience in both state and federal courts. To learn more about how DeVries Law Office can help you, call our Indianapolis office at 317-643-5918, or toll free at 800-555-3068. You can also fill out our online contact form.