When someone goes on and on about what seems to be a trivial matter, that person might be told to stop making a “a federal case out of it.” There’s a reason that common turn of phrase came to be. Being charged with a federal crime is a big deal! Its HUGE! Being charged with a federal crime is intensive, invasive, and intimidating. A person charged with a federal offense is at risk of being convicted and sentenced to time behind bars.
Federal law enforcement is known for its tenacity. Yes, the case agents and prosecutors occasionally make mistakes, but on the whole they investigate thoroughly, and prosecute with skill and determination. They are representing the interests of the USA, and once they decide to prosecute, they don’t like to lose. Federal sentencing guidelines are comprehensive, and the sentences judges hand down are frequently stiff as well.
But all is not lost. Your number one goal should be to achieve the best possible result for your given circumstances, and the only way to accomplish that is to hire the best attorney you can. Many seemingly hopeless cases can be successfully resolved before trial. Others cases can be won at trial or handled in a way that produces a more lenient sentence. An experienced criminal defense attorney representing your interests and leading you through the federal criminal justice system is the most valuable asset you can have. He or she is your key source of information and guidance, and is your mouthpiece to make sure your side of the story is clearly presented.