Wilmington Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Have you been charged with a federal crime? Federal criminal defense cases tend to be much more complex than state crimes. These cases are tried in federal court. Federal sentencing guidelines may apply. The federal Controlled Substances Act may apply in drug cases. Other complexities may exist as well.

At The Wagoner Law Firm, PLLC, we offer federal criminal defense representation to individuals charged with a wide range of offenses. I am attorney Merritt Wagoner, and I have more than 10 years of experience defending people in federal courts.

Free consultation: Schedule a free consultation at my Wilmington law office by completing this short contact form.

Defense Against Federal Crimes

I defend clients charged with all types of federal crimes:

  • White collar crimes — I defend individuals charged with a wide range of white collar crimes, including embezzlement, fraud, mortgage fraud and other financial crimes.
  • Drug crimes — When a large enough amount of drugs is involved, when the defendant crossed state lines in the commission of the alleged crime and under other circumstances, drug crimes may be prosecuted federally.
  • Firearm offenses — Firearms are heavily regulated. This explains why many gun and firearms offenses are prosecuted at the federal level.
  • Sex crimes — Federal sex crimes may include human trafficking, child pornography, solicitation of a minor and others.

In short, penalties for a federal crime conviction can be very severe. Federal sentencing guidelines are complex, and in some cases, statutory mandatory minimum sentences may apply. It is important to seek representation from an attorney who has specific experience handling federal cases — not all attorneys do.

I have more than a decade of experience handling serious, high-stakes federal criminal defense cases in North Carolina. When we meet to discuss your case, I will listen to the facts and provide an objective evaluation. I will help you seek the most positive outcome possible.

Sentencing For Federal Drug Crimes

If you are found to be in possession of a certain amount of an illegal drug, such as marijuana, meth or cocaine, you may be charged with a federal crime. A variety of factors will be considered to determine what specific charges you will face, including:

  • The amount of drugs involved
  • Whether you possessed more than one type of drug
  • Criminal history
  • Other factors

If convicted of a federal drug crime, mandatory minimum sentences may apply. That means that you may face a mandatory five-year sentence or longer depending on the circumstances of your case. You may face a longer prison sentence and if certain enhancements apply:

  • If you were found to be in possession of a gun
  • If there is evidence of conspiracy
  • If you have prior convictions

For more information about federal drug crime penalties, and to learn about your criminal defense options, please contact me.

Contact A Lawyer To Discuss Your Defense Strategy

If you have been charged with a federal crime — or if you are under investigation — please call my law office at 910-782-2962 to schedule a free consultation.