When You Face Federal Charges

The federal court system is very different from the state court system. If you face federal criminal charges, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is hiring a lawyer who does not practice regularly in federal court.

To avoid a mistake that could ruin your life, contact federal criminal defense attorney Kurt Kerns as soon as possible. Mr. Kerns has practiced regularly in federal court since 1992, and is well-versed in the defense of federal crimes, as well as the minefields located in the vast federal sentencing guidelines that apply to every federal case. At one point, Mr. Kerns obtained 10 consecutive federal jury trial acquittals. For a free initial consultation about your case, call 316-265-5511.

A Minefield For The Unwary

The federal court system presents a minefield for the unwary. Here are some examples:

  • False statements: If you make a false statement to a federal officer, you could face what is known as a 1001 charge for "knowingly and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information." Even a simple denial in some cases, could result in criminal charges.
  • Sentencing guidelines: Many judges in state courts have the ability to treat you as an individual when determining an appropriate sentence. The judges in federal court must consider as a factor where you fall under the federal sentencing guideline grid. While the guidelines are now "advisory" many federal judges use those guidelines in determining your case outcome. In addition, the federal prison system does not offer the possibility of parole. A lawyer who doesn't understand the sentencing guidelines could give you advice that would result in a lengthy prison sentence once all the potential enhancements are applied.
  • Enhancements: Federal prosecutors can charge you with enhancements that add years to your sentence. If your lawyer doesn't avoid these enhancements, the plea agreement you thought was for a short sentence could turn into a long one, with no opportunity to change the result.
  • Federal procedures: Federal procedures are different from procedures in state court. For example, federal courts now use solely electronic filings. If your lawyer doesn't know what the federal court expects, you will be operating at a disadvantage.

Learn more about federal charges:

Fraud and other white collar crimes

Use of conspiracy and RICO charges in federal court

Making a federal case out of drug charges

What to do if you are called before a grand jury

What to do if you are charged with a corporate crime

To Schedule A Consultation Concerning Federal Crimes

Our law office is in Wichita, Kansas. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 316-265-5511 or complete our contact form. We offer evening, weekend and jail appointments.