Criminal Process in a Federal Court
Los Angeles Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
The process behind a federal court case can be exceedingly complicated
and in some cases this process can continue for years while the accused
is detained and unable to go home or continue their daily life and business.
Depending on the circumstances or nature of the crime for which you are
accused, federal agents may be investigating you and building a case.
During this time it is very important to keep in mind that making false
statements to a federal agent is a federal crime in itself. Therefore
it is important that you refuse to make any statements or answer any questions
unless you have a Los Angeles federal crimes lawyer present for
criminal defense representation. Once a case has been built against you, an arrest warrant
About Detention Hearings
Upon your arrest it must be determined whether you will have to spend the
time before your trial in or out of prison. In most cases, the government
will insist that you be detained before your trial. During your detention
hearing a judge will determine if you are a flight risk or if you pose
a danger to your community if released. These detention hearings can be
very important as they set the tone for the rest of your trial. During
a detention hearing your attorney will have the opportunity to cross-examine
your arresting agents before the federal trial. If you are not considered
a flight risk or a danger to your community, the terms of your release
will be negotiated. We seek to get our clients out of detention while
they await trial.
Indictment, Arraignment, and Trial
After your detention hearing, all evidence held against you will be presented
in front of the grand jury. The grand jury will then vote on whether to
indict the offending individual. An indictment leads to your initial appearance
before a judge who will read you your rights and the complaint filed against
you. During your arraignment your charges will be read to you and your
lawyer will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. A not guilty plea will
result in a jury trial. In many instances, the government will offer reduced
sentences for a guilty plea.
Whether or not to plead guilty is entirely up to you, but you can rest
assured that your attorney at Martinian & Associates will be there
every step of the way to provide guidance when making this difficult decision.
Although the evidence against you could appear compelling, in an astonishing
number of cases we discover serious flaws in the prosecution's case
and relentlessly exploit them to defend our client, with their freedom
and future as our utmost concern.
Contact a Los Angeles federal crime attorney
if you would like to know more about the criminal process in a federal court.