This is the first post in a series which will address the handling of federal criminal charges in Little Rock or elsewhere in Arkansas. We felt it necessary to write on this topic as many defendants do not understand the many differences which exist between federal and state courts. The goal of this series is to provide information which will help explain these issues and which will also assist people in choosing the right criminal defense attorney. If you or a loved one are facing federal charges then it is important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
We will be addressing several subjects over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- The differences between federal and state court
- The types of matters often decided in the federal system
- Dealing with the federal sentencing guidelines
- How one can face charges in both state and federal court
It is important for defendants and their loved ones to understand these issues. First, the structure of the federal system is much more strict than what is found in the state system. Rules are strictly enforced and many attorneys are not even licensed to practice in federal court. Second, you will only be charged in federal court if you violate a law of the United States government. Such cases cannot be brought in the state system. Third, the federal sentencing guidelines provide unique issues that must be considered when the court is considering punishment. Finally, there are actually instances where one may face charges in both the state and federal system.
It is important to understand that federal charges are a serious matter. The phrase “let’s not make a federal case out of it” exists for a reason. Our Little Rock defense lawyers have over twenty-five years of legal experience and have handled many matters in the Federal District of Arkansas. If you or a loved one are facing charges then contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We are ready to assist you. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff and throughout the rest of the state.