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Federal Charges

Attorneys in South Florida U.S. District Court

Federal statutes include a signficant number of crimes. These crimes are tried in federal courts, and conviction could result in mandatory minimum sentences in federal prison.

Your attorney must be licensed in the appropriate federal court, and should be familiar with Federal Rules of Evidence and Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Delray Beach Federal Defense Lawyer

We represent clients on a myriad of federal crimes including white collar crimes, drug crimes, and identity theft charges. These charges are often investigated by federal agents such as the FBI or DEA. Never speak to any law enforcement officer or federal agent until after you have retained an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you are the target of a criminal investigation in the Southern District, then contact us today to discuss your case.

If you are charged with a federal criminal offense or violation then contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at McLaughlin Morris, P.A.. We represent clients throughout the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in West Palm Beach, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale. 

Call (561) 404-0529 to schedule a consultation with our attorneys at our offices conveniently located in Delray Beach and Miami. We can begin your defense today.


Overview of South Florida Federal Charges


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Differences Between the Federal and State Criminal Justice System

Important differences exist between the defending cases in the federal system and the state system. One of the biggest differences is that the typical prosecutor with the United States Attorney's Office has significantly more resources than the average prosecutor in state court in Florida. Federal agents with the DEA and FBI spend more time and money investigating federal cases than law enforcement officers in the State of Florida in local agencies.

As a result, defending serious federal crimes is often more complicated and labor intensive. Because of the expense in defending cases in the federal system, more individuals rely on the Federal Public Defender's Office when they do not have the financial means to hire the attorney of their choice in the private sector.


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Never Make a Statement without an Attorney

One of the most important things to remember when you are contacted by any federal agent about a federal criminal investigation is that you do not have to make a statement without having an attorney present. The constitution gives you the right to remain silent and to have an attorney present for any questioning. Never waive that important right against self-incrimination.

Hiring an attorney as early in the process is important to protecting your rights. If you are a witness in the case or have information about another person's criminal acts, your criminal defense attorney is often in the best position to act as an intermediary between you, the federal agents, and the Assistant United States Attorney.

In certain cases, your attorney may assist you in working out a deal to cooperate with the investigation in exchange for immunity or more favorable treatment. Also, your attorney can help you secure a letter of declination, which is a written form from the United States Attorney's Office that confirms their decision not to prosecutor for a particular incident.


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U.S. District Courthouses in the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida: There are five courthouses in the region for the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida:

Paul G. Rogers Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
701 Clematis Street Room 202
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 803-3400

U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse
299 East Broward Boulevard #108
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 769-5400

Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Courthouse
400 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33128
(305) 523-5100

C. Clyde Atkins United States Courthouse
301 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33128
(305) 523-5100

James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building
99 N.E. Fourth Street
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 523-5100

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Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney for Federal Court in the Southern District of Florida

If you are the target of a federal investigation for a case that will be prosecuted in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida then contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at McLaughlin Morris, P.A.. We represent clients throughout federal courts in the Southern District of Florida in West Palm Beach, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale.


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