Over the course of over 20 years, I have had many clients whose first question
to me is “I’ve Been Charged in Federal Court Out of State
– Where Should I Hire an Attorney?” Before we get to the answer,
it’s probably a good idea to give some background.
Crimes are generally charged in federal court if there is some interstate
nexus – that is, the offense crossed over state lines. In some cases,
people are charged with conspiracy because they mailed drugs from state
to state. In many major
white collar fraud cases I have done, a fax, email, or phone call was communicated from state to
state, creating a basis for a wire fraud count.
Even though I regularly practice as a
criminal defense attorney in Arizona federal courts (Phoenix and Tucson), it’s pretty common
for clients who reside in Arizona to come to me about federal charges
they have pending in other states. Sometimes they are sent a summons to
appear in the other state, or sometimes the U.S. Marshals will come to
arrest them. The question then becomes, does it make sense to hire me
and have me travel, or whether it’s better to hire a federal criminal
attorney where they are charged.
In federal court, rules are the same
everywhere. An attorney who is experienced in
federal criminal defense can practice anywhere. I have had no problems representing clients in
New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Washington D.C., and other major
cities. Any lawyer who tries to sell you on a “hometown advantage”
will likely also sell you steaks out of the trunk of his car.
Hiring a federal criminal defense attorney who lives near you also allows
for in-person meetings to discuss and review your case as issues develop.
You just can’t get that kind of personal service and attention when
your attorney lives a thousand or more miles away.
If you find yourself charged with a federal crime in Arizona, or anywhere
else around the United States, I can represent you. Sometimes having a
lawyer close by, no matter where the case is being prosecuted, can be
reassuring and comforting in what, to many, is a scary situation.
For reliable and quality federal defense,
contact Jason D. Lamm today.