If you face accusations or charges of a federal crime in Clearwater Beach or elsewhere in Pinellas County, Florida, the attorneys from Goldman Wetzel are here to help you fight the allegations and pursue a favorable outcome in your case. Federal charges are serious and could stem from an investigation conducted by any federal agency. If the FBI, DEA, ATF, or another federal agency wants to question you, give us a call right away.

If you can avoid it, you do not want to go on trial and must fight a case built by a U.S. Attorney and presented in front of a Federal Judge and a jury in the Middle District of Florida. One of our federal crimes lawyers in Clearwater Beach, FL may be able to end your case before it begins. Call us today at for your complimentary consultation.

What Is a Federal Crime?

Almost any situation that leads to a federal government agency accusing you of wrongdoing could bring federal criminal charges. The types of crimes and severity vary widely, but these crimes often involve crossing state lines or violating federal law. They may include:

  • Money laundering
  • White collar crimes, fraud
  • Drug trafficking across state lines
  • Identity theft and credit card theft
  • Organized crimes, racketeering, and RICO violations
  • Hate crimes
  • Gun crimes, especially across state lines
  • Computer fraud, including identity theft and phishing scams
  • Immigration-related crimes
  • Art theft or jewelry theft
  • Public corruption
  • Intellectual property rights violations

Any time a federal agency is investigating you, you want to take quick action to enlist the help of a criminal defense attorney familiar with federal crimes. You need someone who can protect your rights during interrogations, build a strong defense on your behalf, and fight for a more favorable outcome in your case.

We like to get involved in these cases as early as possible, because this may allow us to prevent the U.S. Attorney from indicting you. However, a federal crimes lawyer in Clearwater Beach, FL can help you if you give us a call when:

  • A federal agency asks to question you about a crime
  • An agent from a federal agency accuses you of a crime
  • The police issue a warrant for your arrest
  • Police arrest you on suspicion of a federal crime
  • You face charges for a federal crime

We want to discuss your case with you today. In Pinellas County, call to get started.

The Penalties for a Federal Conviction Can Be Significant

Without a strong defense strategy, you could face federal criminal charges and get convicted of the crime in Federal Court. Federal crimes, depending on their nature and severity, can result in significant penalties including hefty fines and time in federal prison.

If you plead guilty or the jury returns a guilty verdict, the Federal Judge overseeing the case will use several tools to decide your sentence. This may include:

While the Federal Sentencing Guidelines used to be mandatory, today judges have much more discretion about the sentence in any given case. Many, however, still consult these advisory guidelines to get a baseline for how a sentence might look.  

The Federal Sentencing Guidelines encourage judges to consider:

  • The nature of the crime; and
  • The severity of the offense; and
  • Any prior convictions

Once he understands what this guideline advises, the Judge will likely consider any mitigating or aggravating factors and other facts of your case. Then, they will determine the penalties you will face. This may include:

  • Fines
  • Community service
  • Probation
  • Federal prison

The best way to avoid stiff penalties is to prevent a conviction. Goldman Wetzel is here to fight for your best interests and aggressively pursue a more favorable outcome in your case. Reach out to us today to get started.

The Principal Attorneys from Goldman Wetzel Will Handle Your Case Together

The two principal criminal defense lawyers from Goldman Wetzel work on every case together as a team. When you hire one of us, you get both of us. Because we work in tandem, we can investigate the circumstances of your alleged crime faster and build a stronger case sooner. This allows us to be aggressive from the start, representing your best interests even before they file charges against you.

We can also offer a unique perspective that strengthens your defense, thanks to our varied backgrounds. Summer Goldman comes from the prosecutor’s office and can help us see things from the U.S. Attorney’s point of view. Maribeth Wetzel, meanwhile, is a career criminal defense attorney who knows what it takes to beat false or exaggerated allegations.

We Can Fight for a More Favorable Outcome in Your Clearwater Beach, FL Federal Crimes Case

Every case is different and requires a unique approach to building a defense and determining the best strategy to pursue the most favorable outcome possible. When you ask us to take on your case, we will investigate the circumstances of your alleged crime and determine the best route based on the facts of what happened. Some of the most common defense strategies we employ include:

  • Presenting evidence to try to stop the U.S. Attorney from indicting our client
  • Building a strong case and fighting in court for an acquittal
  • Presenting evidence to convince prosecutors to reduce the nature and/or severity of the charges against you
  • Negotiating a plea deal for a lesser charge and lighter sentence
  • Working with the Judge to get a lighter or probated sentence based on mitigating factors present in the case

Talk to a Federal Crimes Lawyer in Clearwater Beach, FL

You do not have to face federal charges on your own. The team from Goldman Wetzel is ready to get started developing a solid defense strategy for you today. We offer free consultations. Call us today at to discuss your case with a federal crimes lawyer in Clearwater Beach, FL and learn how we can help you.