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Are under currently under federal criminal investigation in Pennsylvania? Have you been indicted by a federal grand jury and are facing federal criminal charges regarding a violent crime, white collar crime of a drug crime? What is the best way to find the federal criminal defense lawyer to defend you? While many people feel that choosing an attorney is similar to choosing a doctor. That is, one type of physician to cure whatever ails you. This is not the case, either in medicine or law. The legal world is highly specialized, and if you are facing federal charges of any kind, you need an attorney who is very experienced in the area of law that concerns the alleged crime. After all, federal charges are very serious and you could be looking at many years in federal prison, if convicted. What’s more, a federal case means that you are fighting the US Attorney’s Office and they have tremendous financial resources and experience at their disposal. So, choosing a top attorney for this type of serious case is vital.

I am Pennsylvania Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Erik Petersen and I have many years experience handling federal criminal charges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Contact my office for a free consultation.

Why a Federal Case Needs A Special Attorney

Federal crimes are very complex both legally and factually. Federal cases can be harder to defend in theory because federal prosecutors have investigative support from various federal agencies, such as the FBI , ATF, DEA, IRA, EPA and others. Also, federal agencies can seek help from state law enforcement who work on prosecuting federal crimes.

Expertise in Federal Criminal Law

Above all, it is very important to hire an attorney who is experienced with federal criminal laws. You do not want however an attorney who is experienced with federal civil litigation, nor do you want an attorney that works mostly defending state criminal charges. And of course you do not want an attorney who has never worked in a federal courthouse.

Federal criminal charges feature high maximum sentences and big financial penalties. Further, federal prosecutors often are highly competitive and aggressive; they really want to win the big case.

Also, unlike states attorneys, federal prosecutors are not usually overloaded with cases. They can afford to spend a great deal of time on one investigation – yours.

Federal judges also expect attorneys for both sides to be well prepared and do not deal well with delays. For each of these reasons, you want to have an attorney who has tremendous knowledge of the federal criminal process.


You want a federal defense attorney with a history of successful results. Of course, at the federal level, what ‘successful’ means can vary. Consider these factors:

  • If you are still under federal investigation and have not been charged, then the best result is where you are not charged.
  • If charges already have been brought against you, but you are innocent or there is a lack of evidence, a good outcome is winning at trial. The best outcome in this case is to convince the prosecution to drop all charges.
  • If you did violate the law and the prosecution can convict you, the best result would be to avoid a long prison term.

As you are talking to potential attorneys to represent you, you should investigate how good their track record is in the above scenarios, depending upon what your personal, best case result would be. Naturally, the result of a prior case does not predict what will happen in yours, but it is reasonable to ask an attorney about his earlier experiences and outcomes in similar cases.

Contact A Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Please do not hesitate to contact me, PA Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Erik Petersen for a free case review. I have many years experience handling criminal cases on different sides of the law. My experience handling federal criminal cases ranges from murder to drug crimes to white collar crimes such as fraud & forgery. I will put that experience to work for you. Call my PA federal crime defense law firm immediately.

In addition to handling federal criminal defense cases I also handle peripheral issues associated with federal charges such as medical license defense and professional license defense. Let me use my wealth of experience within the federal criminal justice system to protect your rights, your career and your livelihood.