Trusted Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Serves Clients in Detroit and Throughout Michigan
Criminal defense attorney serves both the Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan Federal Districts
The federal court system is much different than the Michigan state court system. First and foremost, federal courts only have jurisdiction over certain types of criminal cases. Second, federal courts are well-funded. In combination, these factors create a criminal justice system where the prosecution has significant resources and is very knowledgeable as to the type case they are prosecuting. Regardless of which federal court you find yourself in, criminal defense attorney Kimberly W.Stout has the experience and skills to get the best results for you.
How do federal courts work in Michigan?
The State of Michigan is divided into two federal court districts: the Eastern District – which is comprised of the Detroit and Saginaw Bay regions; and the Western District – which is comprised of the rest of the State of Michigan. The Eastern District has locations in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Bay City, Flint, and Port Huron. The Western District has locations in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Marquette. The decisions of these Federal District Courts can then be appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals – which is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Critically, federal courts are courts of limited jurisdiction. This means these courts can only hear cases which the U.S. Congress decides they can hear. For example, the federal government may prosecute, and the federal courts may hear cases regarding acts of organized crime under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act. There are also many types of financial frauds which violate federal law. These types of crimes, which are often prosecuted in federal court, are called “white collar” crimes. Violations of the Securities Exchange Act or the Sarbanes-Oxley Act often receive significant media coverage because they are associated with major investors or large corporations. However, most acts of white collar crime are less complex, receive less or no media coverage, and involve much less money.
It is critical to have an experienced attorney when facing criminal charges in federal court
U.S. Attorneys and Assistant U.S. Attorneys pride themselves on having a high conviction rate. With significant investigation resources and years of trial experience behind them, federal prosecutors can and will take advantage of any misstep a defendant or his or her counsel makes. When you are charged with violating federal law, or are the subject of a federal investigation, you need an experienced, highly-skilled attorney on your side. Overall, the federal court system boasts an over 90% conviction rate, with over 80% of convicted defendants sentenced to prison.
Detroit criminal defense attorney Kim Stout helps those facing federal charges by protecting their rights, using her impressive negotiating skills, and serving as a tough litigator. She has the experience and knows the system and is considered the go-to criminal defense attorney for many high-profile clients. When you are facing tough odds, attorney Stout levels the playing field.
Contact an experienced Detroit federal criminal defense attorney today
The prospect of federal criminal charges is daunting. Whether in the Detroit area or elsewhere, attorney Kimberly W. Stout helps you successfully navigate the complex and unforgiving federal judicial system. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact her Detroit law office at 248-258-3181 or online.