A - The first court appearance you will make after being arrested for a federal crime is the initial appearance in federal magistrate court, at which time you will be advised of the federal charge(s) against you and the court will determine what your bond will be.
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The Sentencing Guidelines are a series of sentencing rules used to calculate an appropriate range of months on an x-y graph, based on your criminal history (x-axis) and the total offense level (y-axis). The offense level is derived from a scoring process which takes into account the nature of the offense and any aggravating and mitigating factors of the crime. Read More...
The main considerations for bond are whether you are a flight risk and whether you pose a danger to yourself or the community. Generally speaking, if you have no prior criminal history and are charged with a low-level white collar crime or drug offense, it will be recommended that an unsecured appearance bond (signature bond) is appropriate. With an unsecured bond, you essentially promise that you will appear at every court date as directed and do not have to post any money, unless you fail to appear. Read More...
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A - If you are convicted of federal fraud, you are looking at a sentence that can fall anywhere in between probation and life in prison, depending on a number of factors set forth in the United States Sentencing Guideline. These factors include loss amount, number of victims, sophistication of the offense and your role, if any, in a federal fraud conspiracy.
Immediately before your initial appearance, you will meet with a pretrial services officer who will ask you about your background, such as where you were born, whether you're married and employed, whether you have any prior criminal history, and what your assets and liabilities are. The information you provide will be compiled into a report and used to consider a recommendation for bond. A copy of the report will be provided to both your criminal defense attorney and an attorney for the government.
Ann Fitz defends clients charged with federal white collar crimes nationwide, with her main office located in historic downtown Savannah, Georgia.
A criminal charge can be one of the most traumatic experiences of your life, but you don't have to face it alone. Ann Fitz is a trustworthy and seasoned attorney who has your best interest at heart and will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of a successful result for you. She understands the need for a personalized defense for each of her clients, and offers her knowledge of the law and her experience in federal court to assess the strengths and weakness of every case, present all defenses available under the law, and fight to ensure that your constitutional rights are protected.
The likelihood of an arrest leading to a conviction in federal court is a staggering 95%. Having an experienced federal criminal defense attorney on your side is the best way to prevent becoming another statistic and to avert the impact of a criminal conviction. If you are under federal investigation as either a subject or target, or if you have been formerly charged by indictment with a federal crime in Georgia, it is imperative to have an experienced federal defense attorney like Ann Fitz by your side every step of the way.
There is nothing worse than appearing in court and realizing that your attorney has no idea what he or she is doing. This is especially true in federal court when your attorney's level of familiarity with the Federal Rules of Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines can directly impact whether you receive a favorable outcome or get railroaded. Ann Fitz has extensive experience in federal courtrooms across the nation, working as a Panel Attorney appointed under the federal Criminal Justice Act (CJA) for the Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta) and the Central District of California (Los Angeles).