We Can Represent You In State And Federal Court

Cruz & Bano, P.A., represents clients in state and federal court. This is very important if you are looking for a criminal defense attorney to represent you or a loved one. Many cases can be charged in state and/or federal court, but not all attorneys practice in both. You can lose crucial time switching lawyers should your case require it.

Call our office in Orlando at 407-459-1293 or email us if you are under investigation by federal authorities or have been arrested. We offer initial consultations. Hablamos español.

What Is A Federal Crime?

A federal crime is prosecuted in federal court, or what is called a United States District Court. In Florida, there are three: the Northern, Middle and Southern District Courts. Certain offenses are always federal, like bank robberies. Other crimes can be prosecuted in federal court based on the circumstances, such as drug offenses.

The FBI typically investigates federal crimes. However, state agencies as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the IRS, the Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Postal Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) or Customs can get involved. If the FBI is involved, the case will most likely be prosecuted as a federal crime. Unlike state crimes, a federal prosecutor must seek an indictment within 30 days of an arrest.

When Does The FBI Get Involved In A Matter?

The FBI typically investigates a case when:

  • The alleged crime took place on federal property such as a federal courthouse, federal park or military base.
  • The victim is a federal official.
  • The alleged crime involved the use of interstate commerce, such as when someone uses the Postal Service to transport drugs or any other illegal substance.
  • The alleged crime took place in multiple states, such as transporting somebody across state lines to engage in illegal activity or sending child pornography over the Internet.

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Federal criminal cases tend to be more difficult and the federal government has a high conviction rate, which is why it is extremely important to hire an aggressive criminal defense attorney or, better yet, a team of attorneys.

Attorneys Cruz and Bano can represent you separately or together, both for the same price. Call them at 407-459-1293 or send them an email with your information. You can meet with them in a initial consultation. Hablamos español.