Federal Criminal Defense

One of America’s top federal criminal defense attorneys

Our federal criminal defense attorneys have a proven record of success in federal cases in courts all across the United States.  For over twenty years, Page Pate has been winning federal jury trials, obtaining pretrial dismissals, and successfully resolving many difficult federal criminal cases.

In this video, Page Pate explains what happens in a federal criminal case.

Our law firm has the experience and resources necessary to defend clients in even the most complex federal criminal cases.  We have successfully represented elected officials, judges, lawyers, police officers, doctors, pharmacists, pilots, senior business executives, professional athletes and many other individuals who were charged with federal crimes.  Our clients are diverse, but share the same goal of winning their federal criminal case.

Our twenty plus years of experience proves that we can obtain the best results for our clients by preparing every case we accept for trial. That may mean we spend more time working for our clients than other law firms, but we have found that the results we are able to obtain make the extra work worthwhile.

Preparing each case for trial shows the government that we are serious and will fight every issue if it will help our client win. Our pretrial work usually results in a very favorable resolution of the case for our client. If the government does not offer our client a reasonable resolution, then our hard work early on in the case makes us well prepared to win if the case goes to trial.

Read more about our firm’s success in federal criminal cases.

If you want to know how to get the lowest possible sentence in federal court, watch our video on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Although we have experience in virtually all types of federal criminal cases, most of our work involves the following federal offenses:

Are federal criminal cases different than state criminal cases? Yes, in many important ways.

Federal criminal investigations and prosecutions are handled very differently than similar criminal cases in state courts.  First of all, the law enforcement agencies that investigate federal crimes are generally well-funded and staffed by the most experienced agents and investigators.  The federal prosecutors who conduct federal criminal trials and sentencing hearings are also usually very experienced, and have virtually unlimited resources at their disposal.  The judges who preside in federal courts have lifetime appointments and their dockets are generally not as crowded as those of most state court judges who handle many different types of criminal offenses.

More importantly, federal crimes generally carry stiffer sentences than state crimes, especially in the areas of drug trafficking and conspiracy. Federal criminal penalties are also more severe in cases involving child pornography and other sexual offenses prosecuted in federal court.  Interestingly, white collar cases (like fraud, embezzlement and corruption) usually do not result in as steep a sentence as one might get if prosecuted for the same offense in state court.  For the most part, however, the mandatory minimum penalties and federal sentencing guidelines usually result in very lengthy sentences for people convicted of federal crimes. That’s one of the main reasons it is so important to retain a lawyer with a record of success in federal court if the case is being prosecuted by the federal government.

For a Federal Criminal Case, You Need a Federal Criminal Lawyer

Given the severity and complexity of federal criminal investigations and prosecutions, anyone charged with a federal crime should retain a lawyer who has extensive experience in federal criminal defense.  If you hire our firm, you will have the personal attention of Page Pate. Although we will often hire qualified local lawyers to assist us in some jurisdictions (at no additional cost to the client), Page Pate will personally handle all the important court dates and discussions with the government. That way, our clients get the benefit of the relationships and knowledge of a lawyer close to the courthouse and the federal criminal law expertise of Page Pate.

Page Pate can also review a person’s case and provide a “second opinion” about the strength of the government’s evidence or the viability of certain defenses before the person pleads guilty or decides to go to trial. Page can step in and assist the lawyer who is currently representing the client, or take over the case entirely if that’s what is best for the client. In addition to our successful trial practice, we also assist clients in appealing wrongful convictions in federal court.

If you need a federal criminal defense attorney with decades of successful results, contact our firm and discuss your case with Page Pate in complete confidence.  You will not find a law firm with more recent successful results, better credentials, or a deeper commitment to pursuing justice for people who need help in federal court.

A recent review from one of our clients:

Page Pate is a sincere, caring, outstanding attorney who was passionate about my case from the beginning to the successful end. He is very professional and involved in every aspect of the case, always keeping me and my family advised as the proceedings progressed and quickly responding to all our concerns. His obvious knowledge of the Federal judicial system was crucial in allaying our fears and giving us hope and confidence in the future. We will always be grateful that he gave us our lives back and highly recommend him to all.

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Page Pate explains why we work so hard for our clients in serious criminal cases.

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