Wilmington Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
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Have you been charged with a federal crime? If so, you are looking at serious penalties upon conviction, and as such, you should not wait to align yourself with a proven federal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Federal criminal cases tend to be much more complex than state crimes. For starters, these cases are tried in federal court, which means that federal sentencing guidelines may apply (in drug cases, the federal Controlled Substances Act may apply); and, if they do, you can bet that they will be significantly more damaging than their state crime counterparts. Other complexities may exist as well.
At The Wagoner Law Firm, P.L.L.C., we offer federal criminal defense representation to individuals charged with a wide range of offenses. Attorney Merritt Wagoner has more than 15 years of experience defending people in federal courts and is ready to do the same for you. We encourage you to give us a call today to learn more.
What Are Examples of Federal Crimes?
We defend clients charged with all types of federal crimes, including but not limited to:
- White collar crimes — We 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, and/or the defendant crossed state lines in the commission of the alleged crime and/or under other circumstances, drug crimes may be prosecuted federally. We are prepared to handle these cases as they arise.
- 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.
Attorney Merritt Wagoner has well over a decade of experience handling serious, high-stakes federal criminal cases in North Carolina. When he meets with you to discuss your case, he will listen to the facts and provide an objective evaluation of your situation, as it applies to your chances of reduced penalties or alternative sentences.
As a firm, we are committed to helping our clients obtain the most favorable outcomes to their cases possible, and yours is no different. We urge you to contact us today to learn more about how we can be of service to you at this time.
Is Kidnapping a Federal Crime?
Kidnapping is usually charged on the state level because it usually involves transporting a person within a state. If the defendant is alleged to have crossed state or international lines, then it can be charged as a federal crime.
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 you may face a mandatory five-year sentence or longer depending on the circumstances of your case. You may face an even longer prison sentence 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, contact our office as soon as possible. Your case, and your very livelihood, depend on it.
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If you have been charged with a federal crime — or if you are under investigation for one — do not wait to involve our legal team.
Assault by Strangulation Client Acquitted
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