Casey and Torres are criminal defense attorneys who are experienced in defending individuals and businesses against charges brought under federal law. Federal crimes are typically investigated by the FBI, DEA, IRS, or other federal agencies and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney. Casey and Torres defend clients in cases involving:
RICO / Racketeering
Continuing Criminal Enterprise (Kingpin Statute)
Real Estate Fraud
Internet Crimes / Cyber Crime
Pornography / Internet Pornography
Gun and Weapons Violations
Federal Grand Jury Investigations
You should consult with an attorney immediately if you believe you or your business are the target of a federal criminal investigation. It is Casey and Torres’ ultimate goal to minimize the anxiety and disruption caused by a federal criminal investigation by giving our clients straight answers and a realistic assessment of their case.
Before Charges Are Filed
If you have been notified that you are the subject of an investigation, or have been summoned before a grand jury, Casey and Torres can investigate the potential charges against you and advise you on what to expect and how to conduct yourself during the investigation or before the grand jury.
Casey and Torres can also help clients under criminal investigation negotiate proffer agreements with federal prosecutors. A proffer agreement is a written agreement between federal prosecutors and a witness or subject of an investigation that permits the person to provide information to the government with the understanding that the information provided cannot be used against the person in a criminal proceeding, except under certain specific circumstances. A proffer may help the government and the defense lawyer evaluate a person’s involvement or lack of involvement in the subject matter of the investigation and if there is some involvement, the lawyers can evaluate a client’s potential assistance to the government and how that assistance may benefit the client.
In the federal system, many people are advised that criminal charges have been initiated by the receipt of a letter advising them to appear before a United States Magistrate on a certain date for arraignment on the charges. If Casey and Torres is involved in the case, we would have already arranged this appearance and attempted to come to an understanding with the United States Attorney on the issue of bond. Often, in these cases of self surrender, an unsecured bond is appropriate. On the other hand, if you are arrested by federal authorities without prior notice, you or your family should contact Casey and Torres immediately so they can start arranging for a bond hearing to secure your release.
Initial Appearance / Arraignment
At an initial appearance before a United States Magistrate, you will be advised of the charges against you and the court will take up the issue of bond for your release from custody pending a disposition of the case. This is a critical stage of the proceedings against you and Casey and Torres can guide you through this process. Today, especially in serious drug cases, the government may move for your detention pending trial without bail. It is important that you have competent and experienced counsel with you at this time. At an arraignment before a United States Magistrate, you will be called upon to enter a plea to the indictment and it is routine to enter a not guilty plea at this time.
Federal criminal charges are not only serious, but they can often be complex. The government has enormous resources and it is not unusual for there to be thousands of pages of what is referred to as discovery. Discovery includes investigative reports, statements by witnesses, financial records, and lab reports to name just a few. Casey and Torres will file appropriate motions to insure that all pertinent documents in the possession of the government are released to the defense including favorable information in their possession. Casey and Torres will review each document with you and map out a strategy going forward. This may include investigation, interviewing witnesses, securing additional records, retaining experts if necessary, and conducting legal research on what are often complex legal issues. Additional motions may be filed regarding the indictment, disclosure of specific information, or suppression of statements and illegally seized evidence.
After a thorough review of the law applicable to the case and an exhaustive review of all the facts that have been gathered, Casey and Torres will discuss with you the various options that are available to you. One of the options available will be to enter into a plea bargain with the government. There are a variety of plea bargaining arrangements that can be pursued e.g. the government may agree to dismiss certain charges in return for a plea of guilty to certain others; the government may agree to certain stipulations regarding sentencing factors such as the weight of drugs, the amount of fraud, a person’s role in the offense; and whether certain enhancements apply or certain mitigating factors should be considered. The government may agree to recommend a certain sentence, agree to the forfeiture of particular assets and the waiver of forfeiture as to other assets, or if the defendant cooperates in the prosecution of the case, the government may agree to recommend a departure from the advisory guideline sentence calculated under the United States sentencing guidelines. In federal court, plea agreements are memorialized in a written document filed in the court and they are enforceable by either party.
If a decision is made to go to trial, Casey and Torres will work tirelessly to ensure the client gets the best possible defense, by aggressively investigating, preparing, and defending their case using all available resources. They draw on the top investigators, forensic experts, consultants, and professional researchers to help them prepare and present the facts of your case. Even after a combined 25 plus years of defending people, they are committed to never being outworked in a case.
A major factor in determining a sentence in federal court is the advisory sentencing guidelines drafted by the United States Sentencing Commission. Many clients wrongly assume that the need for effective representation ends upon conviction or the entry of a plea agreement. Nothing could be further from reality. In their many years of practice, Casey and Torres have protected their clients at the sentencing phase by thoroughly preparing them on sentencing procedures, making sure pre-sentence reports are complete and accurate, and arguing objections when they are not. Their goal is to obtain the lowest sentence possible. A carefully prepared presentation at a sentencing hearing can humanize the client for the sentencing judge, help show remorse, and demonstrate why a lighter sentence would still ensure that justice is served.
If you are facing federal criminal charges or learn you are the subject of a criminal investigation, you may call our law firm 24 hours a day at (850) 222-1742. Our after hours answering service will get your information to our attorneys at Casey and Torres. You may also e-mail Casey and Torres at email@example.com. E-mails are checked regularly.