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Federal Charges

The federal government and the state of Florida each have a separate system of laws and regulations. Those who violate the U.S. criminal code will be charged with a crime in federal court. Such cases are considered especially serious and will be prosecuted by the United States Department of Justice. This means that you will be defending yourself against the might of the federal government. It is important to remember that not all attorneys are licensed to practice in federal court. It is, therefore, imperative that you retain counsel who has the ability and experience necessary to handle your matter. Omar Abdelghany is a Tampa federal criminal defense lawyer who is licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. He will give your case all of the attention it deserves. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.

Tampa Lawyer Assisting Florida Residents who Have Been Charged with a Federal Offense by the U.S. Government

The criminal laws implemented by the federal government are incorporated in Title 18 of the U.S. criminal code. An arrest for the commission of a federal offense may be executed by the FBI, the local police, or other federal agencies. Federal charges often include more serious forms of conduct, such as drug trafficking, interstate kidnapping, etc. Defendants can also be charged with other conduct, such as being a felon in possession of a firearm. Charges for federal offenses will be brought by the U.S. Attorney's office. If you are convicted of any of these crimes, then you will be sentenced pursuant to the federal sentencing guidelines.

A federal case begins once a defendant has been indicted by a Grand Jury. The accused will then be arraigned before a federal magistrate and will enter a plea of “not guilty.” A trial date is then scheduled and the prosecution will provide the defense with any evidence which must be disclosed under Brady v. Maryland. Such evidence will include arrest reports, witness statements, etc. It is important to note that certain federal charges, such as those involving drugs or firearms, will often center on the issue of whether officers lawfully obtained the evidence brought forth against the defendant. If the evidence was obtained through violations of the Fourth or Fifth Amendments then a Motion to Suppress may be filed. Depending on the facts of the case, such a Motion may result in the dismissal of the charges. However, if a dismissal cannot be attained or a resolution cannot be reached with the prosecution, then it will be necessary to prepare the case for trial. This will require your counsel to conduct a full investigation of the case and interview witnesses and potentially retain experts. Because adherence to the rules of evidence is crucial in federal court, it is important to retain an experienced attorney who is licensed to handle such matters.

Omar Abdelghany is a Tampa lawyer assisting those who face federal charges in the Northern District of Florida. He will use your initial consultation to your side of the story and to help you understand what it is you should expect from the process. He will then launch a full investigation into the case and obtain all available evidence. This may include visiting the scene of the crime and interviewing any potential witnesses. If he believes that the police unlawfully obtained evidence against you then he will file any appropriate Motions with the Court. Omar will aggressively examine the arresting officers at an evidentiary hearing and, if possible, he will argue for dismissal of the charges. If a dismissal cannot be obtained then he will make every effort to resolve your matter favorably. If a resolution cannot be reached then he will not hesitate to take your case to trial. Federal charges are a serious matter and cannot be taken lightly. If you require assistance then contact our office today.

Attorney Providing Personal Service to Tampa Residents Facing Federal Charges

Omar understands the gravity of federal charges and the consequences associated with a conviction. This is why he strives to provide Tampa residents with the highest levels of representation. Omar will personally handle the details of your case and he will provide a high level of service while doing so. This level of service includes promptly returning your phone calls, responding to your emails and text messages in a timely manner, and ensuring all of your concerns are adequately addressed. One of the most common complaints against attorneys is that they fail to communicate with their clients. Our lawyer strives to be different in this regard.

Omar also serves clients in Bradenton, Brandon, Clearwater, Lakeland, Largo, Palm Harbor, Sarasota, Spring Hill, St. Petersburg and Tampa.

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Client Reviews
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"Lawyer Abdelghany, has been a tremendous blessing and stress reliever, not only to me but also to my family members in need of professional help. He was understanding of my situation and worked with me financially. I am overall grateful for him and would refer all my family and friends to hire him." Khalil Grice
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"I was in the unfortunate situation of having to hire a lawyer for my grandson and since I did not know of anyone that could refer me, I had to rely on my judgement of character and when I sat down in front of Omar, I knew that I had made the right decision. He is a very professional, well versed in the law, knowledgeable young man that takes the time to explain every aspect of your case to you. He returns calls promptly, knows your case inside out and is very punctual in meetings and court hearings. I could not have chosen a better, more qualified lawyer to represent my grandson. He comes highly recommended by me and you will not go wrong in obtaining his services." Gloria
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"It is with pleasure that we wish to recommend Mr. Omar Abdelghany in his practice as a Criminal Defense Attorney. He was hired in the defense of our son. The defense included more than one offense, which required legal maneuvering to address the issues. Omar's skills came into play in positioning the case, which resulted in a good outcome given the facts at hand." Ted