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juryIf you have been charged with a federal crime such as healthcare fraud or federal drug trafficking, you may hear that the grand jury is convening over your case. This happens before a trial even begins, which confuses many accused individuals. Does the jury convene after the trial? What does the grand jury do?

In federal cases, there is a good chance that both a grand jury and a trial jury will hear your case. They both have very different functions, though, and are sometimes presented with different types of evidence.

The Grand Jury in Federal Cases

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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyer,If you have been charged with a federal crime such as healthcare fraud or money laundering, you will need to understand how the Federal Sentencing Guidelines work. These guidelines are just that - they are guidelines to help judges decide on appropriate sentences. They are not hard and fast rules.

The Federal Sentencing Guidelines are released in a publication every year. Although judges are not required to follow these guidelines, they are required to at least consider them. If a federal judge decides to deviate from these guidelines, they must provide a clear and full explanation of their reason for doing so. Below is a brief explanation of how these guidelines work.

What Are the Federal Sentencing Guidelines?

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Illionois defense attorney, Illinois federal crimes lawyer, Illinois criminal defense lawyerRecently, singer R. Kelly appeared once again in federal court. This time it was to set a trial date for the 11 sexual abuse charges he is facing. R. Kelly continues to deny all charges against him. The fact that this high-profile case is in federal court has some confused. Are sex charges a state crime? When do they become a federal crime?

Federal Court vs. State Court

Like other crimes, when a person is charged with a sex crime, they are arrested and the case is tried in the jurisdiction where the crime occurred.

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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerIf you are under federal investigation, you will want to speak to an attorney right away. Having an attorney by your side can prevent you from saying something that will incriminate yourself, and can ensure your rights are protected throughout the entire process.

The problem is that many people do not realize they are under investigation until they receive a federal indictment. At that point, the prosecution has already been hard at work building a case against you, and you haven’t had a chance yet to create a defense. To help with this issue, there are some telltale signs that you’re under federal investigation. If you notice any of them, it is best to call a lawyer as soon as possible.

Someone Tells You

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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerIt was in late 2018 when Russian citizen, Anton Bogdanov, was deported from Thailand to the United States. Recently, at the end of April, the US Federal Court leveled several accusations against him. Included in those accusations was the crime of hacking.

Many today are familiar with the term of hacking. Whether they have heard of hacking into a school’s system to change grades, or hacking into a banking database, everyone essentially knows what hacking is. However, is it an actual crime? If so, what are the consequences?

The Federal Laws on Hacking

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