When a person is being investigated by a federal agency or has been indicted in a federal court, the nature of the criminal charges is dramatically different from the more common cases in state courts. Federal crimes generally carry much stiffer penalties that can include mandatory minimum prison sentences under federal sentencing guidelines as well as fines that can be hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The federal government has limited jurisdiction over criminal cases, but federal prosecutors have far more resources than their state counterparts. The attorneys handling these cases are almost always very experienced, and alleged offenders need to be sure that they have legal representation that is similarly experienced handling their specific types of cases in the applicable federal courts.Federal Defense Lawyer in Broward County, Florida
Do you think that you may be under investigation or have you been indicted for any kind of federal offense in South Florida? Do not say anything to authorities until you have called The Hoffman Firm first.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman is admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and represents clients in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Miramar, Margate, Davie, and many surrounding communities in Broward County. You can have our lawyer review your case when you call (954) 524-4474 to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation.
Overview of Federal Offenses in Fort Lauderdale
- How are federal courts different from state courts?
- What kinds of charges are handled in federal courts?
- Where can I find more information about the federal courts for Broward County?
Differences Between Federal Courts and State Courts in Florida
Far more criminal matters are handled in state courts, but federal prosecutors have jurisdiction in certain instances. Violations of federal criminal laws, criminal offenses that cross state lines, or criminal offenses that occur on federal property can all be prosecuted in federal courts.
The prosecutors in federal cases are United States Attorneys appointed to four-year terms by the President of the United States or on an interim basis by the United States Attorney General. State prosecutors usually have titles such as state’s attorneys or district attorneys and are appointed through elections.
The President of the United States also appoints federal judges who then essentially serve for the remainder of their lives. Judges in state courts are also appointed through elections, usually serving for six-year terms.
Common Federal Crimes in Broward County
Federal crimes are established under Title 18 of the United States Code, the penal code for the federal government of the United States. Title 18 contains more than 100 chapters of crimes, some of which also have multiple sections.
Multiple federal agencies have the power to investigate federal offenses, giving federal prosecutors tremendous support in filing criminal charges. Some of the most commonly prosecuted federal offenses include:
Under federal sentencing guidelines, the sentence for an alleged offender who is convicted of a federal crime is based on his or her criminal record and the nature of the offense, or the “offense level.” The United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines currently have 43 offense levels with the most serious offenses resulting in life in prison and fines of up to $500,000.
Florida Federal Offense Resources
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida — Florida is divided into three federal judicial districts. Broward County and eight other counties are located in the Southern District. Visit this website to learn more about the District Court for the Southern District, including case information, forms, and the judges who serve in the district.
U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse
299 East Broward Boulevard #108
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit — The 94 federal judicial districts in the United States are organized into 12 regional circuits. Each regional circuit has a court of appeals, and the Eleventh Circuit has appellate jurisdiction over the federal judicial districts in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. You can find forms, judges, and recent Court of Appeal opinions on this website.
If you were indicted or believe you could be under investigation for a federal crime, it is in your best interest to immediately seek qualified legal representation. The Hoffman Firm defends clients from Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Lauderhill, and nearby areas of Broward County in federal court.
Evan A. Hoffman is a criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who handles cases in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He will provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (954) 524-4474 or fill out an online contact form to set up a free initial consultation.