What Are the Differences Between State and Federal Charges?

Leading Federal Defense Lawyer Serving Wisconsin

Not all criminal charges are created equal. Federal criminal charges have the potential to turn your life upside down. Having the right legal representation can make all the difference in protecting your rights, your reputation and your future in the face of a federal prosecution.

Federal Penalties Are More Severe

The penalties for a federal conviction are often more severe than similar charges at the state level due to mandatory minimum penalties and harsh sentencing guidelines. Most federal convictions result in a prison sentence. But with the right representation, those penalties can be greatly reduced.

Federal Prosecutors Have More Resources

The Department of Justice and federal investigative agencies, like the FBI and DEA, have more resources at their disposal. As soon as you have reason to believe you are under investigation, it is important to seek the advice and counsel of a knowledgeable federal criminal defense attorney.

Not All Lawyers Are Prepared For Federal Court

Federal courts are very different from state courts. Having experience in state court does not equate to being able to successfully navigate the federal court system. If you face criminal charges at the federal level it is crucial to have a lawyer on your side who knows the federal court system and has a track record of achieving results for his clients.
Attorney Rick Coad has practiced in federal courts for nearly 20 years and is one of the few lawyers in Wisconsin who have argued a case before the United States Supreme Court. He has also represented defendants in each federal district court in Wisconsin, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and federal courts in states including Michigan, North Dakota and Oklahoma.

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