Federal criminal law and procedure differ from Florida’s State court system. First, the U.S. Attorney (not the State Attorney) prosecutes Federal crimes. These crimes are investigated by any of the Federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), the Secret Service, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, and others. Additionally, if convicted, a defendant will be sentenced pursuant to the Federal sentencing guidelines and put in custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (not the State Department of Corrections). In contrast to State criminal cases, most Federal cases begin with a Federal agent contacting the defendant to conduct a voluntary interview. Unfortunately, either through fear or ignorance, most defendants proceed to speak with the agent without consulting with an attorney. This is almost always a mistake. If you or someone you love has been approached by a Federal agent, call Ms. Davide immediately for a CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION at 305-854-6100.
In the United States a Federal crime or Federal offense is a crime that is either made illegal by U.S. Federal law or a crime that occurs on U.S. Federal property.
Types of Federal Offenses handled by Ms. Davide
If you or a loved one has been arrested or is being investigated for a Federal crime, call criminal defense attorney Ana M. Davide for a CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION at 305-854-6100.
If you have been arrested or are under investigation by a local police department, you will most likely be prosecuted in a Florida State court. State crimes are violations of State and local statutes or ordinances. They are prosecuted in either county or circuit courts in the county in which the crime occurs and are filed, by the State attorney. Early intervention by a qualified attorney may result in cases not be filed or dismissed early.
Ms. Davide handles the following types of cases in Florida State courts:
*This list is not inclusive of all areas of practice
If you or a loved one has been arrested or is being investigated for a State crime, call criminal defense attorney Ana M. Davide for a CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION at 305-854-6100.
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