Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers .The judicial process in a federal criminal case is different from a state case in many ways. At the commencement of a federal criminal case, the principal players are the U.S. attorney (the prosecutor) and the grand jury. The U.S. attorney represents the United States in most court proceedings, including all federal criminal prosecutions. The grand jury will then review evidence presented by the U.S. attorney and decide whether there is substantial evidence to require a defendant to stand trial for their federal criminal charge.
If you are arrested for a federal criminal charge a pretrial services or probation officer of the court will interview you and conduct an investigation of your background. This information obtained by the pretrial services or probation office will be used to help a judge decide whether to release you into the community before trial for your federal criminal charges, and whether or not to determine conditions for your release.
The standard of proof in a criminal trial is “beyond a reasonable doubt,” which means the evidence must be so strong that there is no reasonable doubt that you committed this crime.
At an initial appearance, a judge advises you of the charges filed, considers whether you should be held in jail until trial, and determines whether there is probable cause to believe that a criminal offense has been committed and that you have has committed it. Defendants released into the community before trial may be required to comply with certain restrictions . These restrictions may include home confinement or drug testing. You may be asked to make periodic reports to a pretrial services officer to ensure appearance at trial.