Federal crimes: Avoid serious punishments at the federal level

Federal crimes: Avoid serious punishments at the federal level

In Maryland, if you’re accused of a federal crime, you need to understand
that the weight of punishments is typically heavier than if you were tried
in a state court for a misdemeanor or state-recognized felony. Generally
speaking, if you face
federal sentencing, your case will call for longer sentences in jail or prison and potentially
higher fines.

As a person who wants to avoid any unnecessary penalties, knowing that
simply being tried at a different level could result in more serious punishments
is frustrating. Fortunately, there are ways you can help yourself and
hopefully reduce the sentence you might receive.

There are a few things that will affect how your penalties and sentencing
will be completed. For instance, if you cooperate well with the officials
working on your case, that could work in your favor and provide you a
reason to ask for a lighter sentence. The reason you’re being charged
at the federal level will also play into your sentence. If you played
a smaller part in a fraud case, for instance, you may receive a lighter
sentence than others involved. Of course, if you can prove you weren’t
involved in the criminal activities, that could result in your case being
dropped completely.

Before you go to court, you need to understand the ways to defend yourself
against these federal sentences. There are guidelines in place that can
make it seem like those are the only options for the judge to choose,
but because of a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision, it’s possible
for judges to deviate from those guidelines and change your sentence to
one that isn’t as harsh. Our site has more on this interesting topic,
so you can understand how to work through a federal case.