Understanding Federal Sex Crimes in Michigan
Grabel & Associates is respected as a leader in both state and federal sex crime defense because we get our clients results. If you or someone that you care about has been investigated by police or a government agency, questioned in connection with a criminal charge, or actually charged by a prosecutor, your next step needs to be hiring an exceptional attorney.
Our Michigan federal sex crimes team has experience defending clients in felony and misdemeanor cases that involve internet crimes and child pornography, aggravated sex abuse.
Additionally, our team knows how to handle not only Michigan police but federal agents such as the FBI, who regularly investigate federal allegations. One of our licensed federal attorneys will do whatever it takes to get you the best available outcome, whether that is a court win, reduced or deferred sentence, reduced charge, settlement, or other creative outcome.
Our attorneys are recognized as some of the best in Michigan for defense by the National Trial Lawyers’ Association and other attorney ranking bureaus, as well as by past clients, the media, and more. Founding attorney Scott Grabel is routinely regarded as a premier provider of state defense, and our federal sex crimes team builds on that solid reputation by guiding clients in even the most complex cases to exceptional outcomes.
With so much on the line, you need to get the best possible defender on your side. Dealing with the many documents, deadlines, fees, rules, and other elements of a criminal case can be extremely frustrating, and not having an attorney on your side doesn’t stop the clock. We know that you may already be under investigation and need representation right now, which is why we are available 24/7 at 1-800-883-2138 to begin discussing your case with you. Don’t wait – we provide a no obligation free initial consultation so that you can get access to the information you need right away.
Federal Sex Crimes vs. State Sex Crimes – What Is The Difference?
There are a lot of differences between federal and state sex crimes; including the laws involved, potential penalties, and people you will have to deal with throughout the case. All of these differences center on who is bringing the charge.
In a state sex crime case, the state of Michigan prosecutes under Michigan law. These cases are usually investigated by the Michigan State Police and its departments, and if your case goes to court, the prosecutor will be an attorney who works for the state.
In a federal sex crime case, the United States prosecutes under federal law. While there is significant overlap between state and federal law, the federal government is more likely to get involved in severe cases, cases involving people or criminal acts in multiple states, or cases involving interstate communications or commerce.
Federal sex crimes cases are investigated by federal agents, most commonly the FBI. Additionally, these cases are heard in federal courts, by federal judges, with prosecutors working for the United States. This doesn’t mean the case won’t proceed in Michigan, however, as there are federal courts throughout the state.
Penalties for Federal Sex Crimes
The penalties for federal sex crimes vary greatly but are governed by the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are recommended by a Congressional committee. Politicians, with input from judges, lawyers, and educators, set certain limits that provide a range for judges to sentence within, barring extreme circumstances. An experienced federal lawyer will be able to advise you on how this affects your case.
Our Method Helping Clients Understand Federal Sex Crimes
A very critical aspect to keep in mind if the FBI shows up at your door or you have other reason to believe you could face federal charges – not every lawyer can practice in federal court. You need a lawyer who is approved to argue before a federal court and who has extensive experience working in this realm.
Our federal team knows how to work out the complex and interconnected issues involved in federal sex crime cases and direct you to a result that best protects your future. Contact us now to learn more.
Contact Grabel & Associates for 24/7 Federal Sex Crimes Case Consultation
To learn more about federal sex crimes, contact an experienced attorney right away. The Grabel & Associates team is committed to providing top-level defense to every client, no matter the charges you are facing. Get in touch online or call our toll free hotline at 1-800-883-2138.