Frequently Asked Questions About Federal Crimes

What Is A Federal Law?

Simply put, these are laws that apply in every state throughout the country.

Are All Felonies Considered A Federal Crime?

The federal government determines which crimes are misdemeanors and which are felonies. To be a felony, the crime is punishable by the death penalty or more than one year of prison.

Could I Face The Death Penalty?

Georgia reintroduced the death penalty, also called capital punishment, in 1973. Although rare, executions do happen. Having strong defense for your federal case is essential – it could be a fight for your life.

Will Everyone Know I Have A Felony Charge On My Record?

It is very likely. You will have to serve jail time of at least a year, which can alert family, friends and jobs to your situation. You may lose your right to vote and to own firearms. Hefty fines and prison sentences can force you to lose your house, savings and retirement plans. You also must disclose your felony charge on future job applications and other forms.

In some cases, expungement may be an option for felony charges. The best line of defense for felony crimes is to effectively fight the charges before a conviction occurs.

What Is A Federal Hold?

For certain convictions, you can be arrested, post bond, but not be released. This is usually because an agency, such as immigration, has placed a hold on you. It can also occur if there are warrants for your arrest.

What Do I Do After Being Accused Of A Crime?

It is essential to act fast. Contact an experienced federal defense lawyer immediately. They can help you gather the evidence and review records while they are still available. They will also strategize on your case and help you mitigate further damage to your situation.

To discuss your federal charges or criminal investigation in a free telephone consultation, call my Augusta, Georgia, office at 706-993-1171 (toll free at 888-449-3702), or contact J. Pete Theodocion, Attorney at Law, via online form as soon as possible.