Skilled And Dedicated Federal Criminal Defense
When a person says, “Don’t make a federal case out of it,” they mean, “Don’t make a big deal about it.” And that’s accurate: A federal criminal case is a big deal that has lifelong direct and collateral consequences. If you are facing these charges, you need an attorney who understands the scope of the investigation and your legal options and protections. As the founder of The Stavroff Law Firm, I will work one-on-one with you to assure you receive robust defense.
Many Different Agencies Enforcing Countless Laws
The federal legislative body, Congress, drafts many criminal laws. There are literally too many federal criminal offenses to count; no one knows how many there are. The enforcers of those laws, known as special agents, are scattered around different federal agencies. These agencies including
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
- Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
There are many other federal agencies that investigate, interdict and enforce specific areas of federal law. I am familiar with them and know how they operate. I provide dedicated criminal defense for drug charges and white collar criminal charges.
Ohio’s Federal Districts And Sentencing Guidelines
In Ohio, there are two federal judicial districts: Northern and Southern. Unlike state courts in Ohio, the sentencing phase of a federal case, where the judge imposes punishment, is guided by a very intricate model known as the federal sentencing guidelines, dictated by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Under the sentencing guidelines, the person who’s facing prosecution is assigned a number, known as a base offense level, that corresponds to the specific federal offense they are accused of committing.
The base offense level is then matched to a criminal history category, which is based on the offender’s prior criminal history. This computation provides a recommendation to the judge on a range of imprisonment.
The Considerations Involved in Sentencing
Overall, however, the federal judge must impose a sentence that achieves the overriding purposes of federal sentencing. These purposes include:
- A sentence that is sufficient
- A sentence that is not greater than necessary
- A sentence that reflects the seriousness of this offense
- A sentence that promotes respect for the law
- A sentence that provides appropriate punishment
As an attorney who handles federal, state and local charges, I am well-versed in these areas of law. I can help you understand what the charges mean and what your available options for defense are. Together we will work to minimize the negative consequences and preserve your freedom.
Get The Attentive, Experienced Help You Need
Navigating federal court requires a zealous and knowledgeable attorney. I can help. Call to arrange a consultation: 614-964-5390. You can also reach me, Jeffrey Stavroff, at my Columbus office via my confidential online inquiry form.