State & Federal Criminal Defense
Most crimes can be charged in either Federal or State courts. However, handling a case in State court as opposed to Federal court requires a completely different set of skills as a lawyer.
In State court a prosecution generally begins with the filing of a criminal complaint after which your lawyer should begin to defend your interests. In the federal courts, the prosecutor generally does not file criminal complaint, but instead presents evidence to a grand jury, which then decides whether or not to issue formal criminal charges, known as an indictment. The grand jury process could be quick or take months or even years — it all depends on the complexity of the case and the nature of the federal investigation.
When going to State or Federal court you want an attorney who is just as familiar with the system as he is with the types of crimes with which you are charged. At Kalavruzos Mumola Hartman, we have the experience in both State and Federal court that can make the difference between going to prison and going home. Let our lawyers protect your freedom by keeping you on the streets.