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Various factors affect defense options in federal cases

Facing federal criminal charges, such as those for economic espionage that we discussed in one of our posts last week, is a serious matter. If you have been notified that you are facing federal charges, you must begin to learn about the process, your options, the case against you and other factors that affect your case. We can help you as you seek to learn the answers to all your questions.

When you are starting on a plan for a defense in a federal case, you should assume that the case is going to go to trial. By doing this, you can begin preparing for that possibility. Of course, it is always possible that the case will be resolved through a plea bargain.

It is important for you to realize that if you opt to accept a plea bargain, you have to admit to the charges in open court. You can't accept a plea bargain if you didn't commit the crime.

Additionally, you must understand that the sentencing is up to the judge. For example, in Jared Fogle's case, the prosecutors were seeking 12.5 years of incarceration and the defense was seeking 5 years. The judge opted to sentence him for longer than the prosecution's recommendation. Fogle was sentenced to 15.6 years when everything was all said and done.

We know that facing federal charges is scary. When you think about the possible sentences you are facing, you might get worried. We can't promise you that everything will go your way, but we can promise you that we will fight for you as we represent you.

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