Leading Connecticut criminal defense attorney explains why, when you are charged with a federal crime, hiring an attorney with federal criminal law experience is necessary.
Online PR News – 05-July-2011 – New york, New York – “Although the similar standards apply when looking for a Federal criminal defense attorney as they do when hiring any other type of criminal defense attorney,” says Frederick D. Paoletti, Jr., Founding Principal of the law firm of Paoletti & Gusmano (http://www.paolettilaw.net),aw firm with experience in Connecticut Federal criminal defense cases, “it is imperative that anyone who needs an attorney to assist in defending against a federal charge or help them through grand jury proceedings, retain an attorney with a track record of experience in the federal criminal justice system.”
According to Paoletti, although the Federal criminal justice system is similar to most state criminal systems, there are some major differences between the two. First of all the US Attorney's office has more time and more resources to seek prosecution. Federal prosecutors also tend to have better credentials and more experience than state prosecutors, as well as a great deal of freedom when it comes to selecting cases in which to prosecute.
“As a result, Federal criminal defense often involves cases that are more difficult for attorneys to defend,” says Paoletti. “If you have been contacted by Federal authorities as part of a Federal criminal investigation, you must determine whether you are a potential witness or a suspect and then you need to be careful enough in your statements to avoid falling into any traps, like being brought up on charges of lying to a Federal agent.”
According to Paoletti, a Federal criminal defense attorney can figure out the reason for the Federal probe and why it is that you are being sought for questioning. Your attorney can also help you to avoid any traps. When appropriate, you can have your Federal criminal defense attorney present during questioning and act as an negotiator between you and the Federal authorities.
“In some cases, a Federal criminal defense attorney may be able to cut a deal that involves your cooperation in an investigation,” says Paoletti. “Similarly, when you receive a notice that you are being called to testify in front of a grand jury, you may or may not know if you are being subpoenaed as a witness or as a potential target of the investigation. That is why you need to trust in a Federal criminal defense attorney who can help you determine the reason for the subpoena, avoid any potential traps, when to plead the fifth, and work out any possible immunity deals.”
If you have been charged with a Federal crime, Paoletti says that you must be represented by an attorney that has experience in Federal rules, including the rules of evidence, procedure and the Federal system as a whole.
Established in 1990, the law firm of Paoletti & Gusmano, (http://www.paolettilaw.net),ated at 3301 Main Street, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 06606, specializes in Connecticut criminal defense law and Connecticut personal injury law. Paoletti & Gusmano Attorneys at Law assist clients throughout Connecticut, including cities in Fairfield and New Haven counties such as Bridgeport, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Newtown, Redding, Shelton, Sherman, Stratford, Weston, Westport, Wilton, Beacon Falls, Branford, Cheshire, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Naugatuck, New Haven, North Branford, Prospect, Seymour, Wallingford, Waterbury, and Woodbridge. For more information and a free consultation call (203) 371-1000.
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