Experienced Federal Criminal Lawyer
Federal criminal charges are usually much more serious than state charges. The potential sentences are more harsh. You need a lawyer who is experienced in federal court. Michael Spano represents clients charged in federal court throughout the Northern District of New York.
Federal Sentencing Guidelines
The sentencing guidelines that are advisory to federal court judges are a complicated set of rules that need to be thoroughly examined by an experienced federal crimes lawyer.
“I am Board-Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and I have the experience and knowledge to fully investigate and evaluate your case. You need to know that all possible steps will be taken to get you the best resolution of your case.” — Michael Spano
To arrange a no-cost consultation with Mr. Spano about your particular case, call his office day or night.
The Initial Appearance And Federal Detention Hearings
A federal criminal matter is usually commenced by the filing of a felony complaint. The initial appearance is held soon after an arrest and a federal detention hearing is scheduled if the government seeks pretrial detention.
There are several arguments that can be made at the federal detention hearing in favor of release. In order to hold a federal defendant, the magistrate conducting the hearing must consider the nature and circumstances of the offense, the weight of the evidence, and the history and characteristics of the person charged with a federal crime.
The judge will then determine whether the accused is a danger to the community or a flight risk. The judge can set conditions of release such as drug testing or placing the accused under the supervision of the federal probation department.
White collar crimes include:
- Money laundering
- Mortgage fraud
- Tax evasion
- Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine and marijuana
- Federal firearms violations, including possession of assault weapons, and felon in possession of a gun
Michael Spano also assists with: