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Dealing With Federal Charges in Georgia 

Facing allegations or charges for a federal crime can be scary. Federal sentences can mean significant time in federal prison and substantial fines. The weight of the federal government against you is a heavy burden. Navigating the complexities of the U.S. federal criminal justice system requires a skilled and experienced attorney. At The Law Office of Ahmad R. Crews, LLC, we have experience in federal criminal defense, providing the legal skills needed to tackle these serious charges head-on.

Federal criminal cases often involve more severe penalties and intricate legal proceedings. Our team understands the nuances of federal criminal law and is dedicated to defending your rights with meticulous preparation and strategic planning. From white-collar crimes to drug offenses, we are equipped to handle a wide range of federal cases, ensuring you receive comprehensive legal representation.

When dealing with federal cases, the stakes are higher, the court procedures are stricter, and federal prosecutors are more relentless. Our years of experience in federal criminal defense means we are well-versed in the tactics necessary to mount an effective defense, giving you a solid chance at obtaining a favorable outcome. Trust us to stand by your side and fight for your future.

If you are accused of federal criminal offenses in Atlanta, you need experienced legal representation right away. You need The Law Office of Ahmad R. Crews.

Understanding Federal Criminal Charges

State vs. Federal Offenses

Federal crimes are different from state crimes. While state crimes fall under state law, federal crimes are violations of federal law. This means federal cases are tried in the federal court and not the state court. Federal crimes are handled by federal agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). State crimes are managed by local enforcement. For example, a crime that occurs across multiple states is federal, while a local theft is usually a state crime.

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Some crimes involve both federal and state offenses. Being charged or tried for both is not double jeopardy. State legislatures have the authority to make laws about most things, but Congress makes laws that impact national interests. The U.S. Code defines the various federal crimes.

Common Federal Crimes

The federal government has jurisdiction in these cases:

  • Crimes occurring on federal land or involving federal officers.
  • White-collar crimes like fraud, embezzlement, and insider trading.
  • Crimes where the defendant crosses state lines with drugs or takes a kidnapping victim from one state to another.
  • Immigration or customs violations (including international human trafficking).
  • Violent crimes such as terrorism, hate crimes, and some firearms offenses.

For those dealing with state crimes, the Georgia Criminal Code provides an in-depth look at state laws and regulations.

The Federal Criminal Process

The principles of federal prosecution outline the grounds for pursuing or declining prosecution, disclosing factual material to the defense, and considering plea agreements. The rulebook is followed by all U.S. attorneys and assistant U.S. attorneys. The general steps in a federal prosecution are discussed below.

Initial Appearance

The arrestee’s first appearance must occur within seventy-two hours of the arrest. At that time, they are told of the charges and their right to counsel and to remain silent. The defendant may be released or kept in custody.

Investigation and Arrest

The initial stages of a federal criminal case begin with an investigation led by federal agencies like the FBI or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). These agencies gather evidence to support their case. If they find sufficient evidence, they proceed with an arrest. During this phase, understanding how to obtain your criminal history records can be crucial for the defense. Our team can guide you and protect your rights at any stage of the federal criminal investigation.

Pre-Trial Procedures

After the arrest, the accused will face initial court appearances. These include bail hearings, where the judge decides if the accused can be released on bail. Indictments follow, formally charging the individual with a federal crime. The arraignment is the court session where the accused is asked to enter a plea. It’s important to be aware of the implications of missing court appearances; facing charges for failure to appear can lead to significant jail time.

Grand Jury

This group of impartial citizens determines whether there is probable cause to believe a person committed a crime. The prosecution presents the evidence gathered to the group. They have the power to subpoena witnesses and take other actions related to the case before taking a secret vote on whether to indict the person.

Trial and Sentencing

The trial process begins after the plea. Both the prosecution and defense present their evidence and arguments. A judge or jury then renders a verdict. If convicted, sentencing follows, which can vary greatly depending on the crime. Sentencing in federal cases is guided by statutory requirements and guidelines. 

Not all steps are involved in every case. Some cases never go beyond the investigative stage, while others may conclude with a successful plea bargain. If you believe you are being investigated for a federal crime, contact The Law Office of Ahmad R. Crews, LLC. Our legal team will immediately begin fighting for your rights with the goal of keeping a possible prison sentence off the table.

Penalties for Federal Crimes in Atlanta

Federal penalties are typically more severe than state consequences for similar crimes. Longer sentences and heftier fines are common. Sentencing is based on federal guidelines. All federal crimes are assigned a base level. The more serious the crime, the higher the level. After the base level is identified, special offense characteristics are examined.

Depending on these characteristics, the base level can be elevated. For example, a bank robbery where a firearm is discharged will be given a higher level than if no shot was fired. Other factors can also change the level of a crime, including the defendant’s criminal history. Like state penalties, there is a wide range. The lowest level offense has the possibility of up to six months in federal prison. A level forty-three offense means life imprisonment.

Federal sentencing options include:

  • Probation
  • Supervised Release
  • Prison
  • Restitution
  • Fines

Defenses Against Federal Charges

Challenging Evidence

We scrutinize the evidence presented by the prosecution. Often, unreliable or improperly handled evidence can be contested. By examining the chain of custody, forensic methods, and witness credibility, we can uncover crucial weaknesses.

Constitutional Violations

Common constitutional defenses are crucial. If there’s been an unlawful search and seizure, any resulting evidence can be inadmissible. We look for violations of our clients’ Fourth Amendment rights to protect their interests.

Negotiating Plea Deals

Negotiating plea deals can benefit our clients. In federal cases, a plea deal might reduce charges, minimize sentencing, or offer other favorable terms. This option often provides a safer, more predictable resolution.

Why Choose The Law Office of Ahmad R. Crews, LLC


Ahmad R. Crews has been practicing law in Georgia since 2017. He is known for his strong defense in federal criminal cases. Selected to Rising Stars from 2021 to 2024, he has built a reputation for achieving not-guilty verdicts in challenging trials.

Personalized Legal Strategy

At The Law Office of Ahmad R. Crews, LLC, we believe each case is unique. We work closely with clients to develop a personalized defense strategy that addresses their specific needs. Our approach involves thorough preparation and creative legal motions designed to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Several clients have shared their positive experiences with us. We are dedicated to providing high-quality legal representation and exceptional client communication, ensuring you are informed at every step.

Contact The Law Office of Ahmad R. Crews, LLC

When you are being investigated for alleged federal crimes, you need an attorney with specific experience in federal cases. Criminal defense is our sole focus, including vigorously defending clients at the federal level. Our team at The Law Office of Ahmad R. Crews, LLC, is dedicated to providing strong defense strategies and tireless advocacy.

Our Services:

  • Criminal Defense
  • Federal Crimes
  • Fraud
  • Violent Offenses
  • Drug Crimes
  • Appeals and Pardons

If you are contacted by federal law enforcement agents, exercise your right to remain silent and contact us. From the investigative process forward, we are tenacious in defending your rights. Our Atlanta violent crime attorney offers skilled legal representation for those accused of violent offenses.

We believe in fighting for your rights and aim to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case and learn how we can assist you with your federal defense needs. Let us guide you through this challenging time.

Frequently Asked Questions About Federal Charges

What Should I Do If I’m Under Federal Investigation?

If you find yourself under federal investigation, it’s crucial to remain calm. First, you should avoid discussing the case with anyone except your lawyer. Next, you should contact experienced federal defense lawyers in Atlanta. They can guide you through this stressful time and ensure your rights are protected.

How Does a Federal Charge Affect My Future?

A federal charge can significantly impact your future. It can affect your employment, housing opportunities, and even your right to vote. Convictions may also result in substantial fines or prison time. Furthermore, the federal criminal record could make it difficult for you to find work or obtain professional licenses.

Can Federal Charges Be Dismissed?

Yes, federal charges can sometimes be dismissed. This can happen if the evidence against you is weak or if your rights were violated during the investigation. An experienced lawyer can evaluate your case and identify any flaws in the prosecution’s argument. For instance, they might challenge the legality of the evidence collection, potentially leading to dismissal.

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