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Indianapolis Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Why Should You Choose The Criminal Defense Team?

You have the right to choose the federal criminal defense lawyer you want to represent you. Not all lawyers have the same background, knowledge, or familiarity with federal laws. In fact, being able to represent clients in federal court is separate and distinct from representing clients in state court. Many of the attorneys of The Criminal Defense Team of Baldwin Perry & Wiley PC are admitted to practice in federal court. We know what it takes to successfully resolve these cases. 

Some of the reasons you should consider hiring our firm to represent you include:

  • We are familiar with federal courts, prosecutors, and procedures.
  • We have four or Indiana’s five Board-Certified Criminal Trial Specialists by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, indicating an additional level of knowledge and expertise that sets us apart from other lawyers in the state.
  • We have former prosecutors on our team, so we know how the other side operates and how to oppose them.
  • We provide two lawyers for each case, so you will always have the attention and dedication you deserve. 
  • We are committed to continued learning education and staying on the cutting edge of changes of the law, as evidenced in our membership in the Indiana State Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Indianapolis Bar Association. 

When you hire us, you will have trusted legal advocates in your corner. Contact us today for your confidential consultation. 

Advocacy for Your Federal Charges in Indianapolis

Facing federal criminal charges can be a daunting and life-altering experience. Federal offenses carry severe penalties that can have a long-lasting impact on your life, including substantial fines and lengthy prison sentences. When accused of a federal crime, it is crucial to seek immediate legal representation from an experienced Indianapolis criminal defense attorney. The Criminal Defense Team, a division of Baldwin Perry & Wiley PC, is a prominent law firm in Indianapolis, Indiana, dedicated to providing unwavering defense for individuals facing federal criminal charges.

Contact our team of federal criminal lawyers in Indianapolis today for a free consultation!

How Can a Federal Crimes Lawyer Help if I Am Facing Federal Charges?

If you are facing federal crimes for white-collar offenses, drug trafficking, or other serious charges, it is critical that you work with a skilled federal criminal defense lawyer. A lawyer can help with your case by:

  • Reviewing the charging documents against you and explaining the nature of the charges against you
  • Carefully analyzing the government’s case against you to highlight any weaknesses
  • Conducting an independent investigation into your case to determine possible defenses
  • Arguing to have the charges against you dismissed if there was prosecutorial or police misconduct
  • Preparing other pre-trial motions, including motions to suppress or produce evidence
  • Looking for any violations on the Brady Rule that occur if the government fails to provide exculpatory evidence in your case
  • Answering any questions you have about your case and protecting your rights every step of the way
  • Being present and engaged for any interrogation by law enforcement agencies
  • Developing a legal strategy that is personalized to your case
  • Resolving your case before trial through a plea agreement if this is in your best interest
  • Fighting tirelessly at court to fight for your acquittal
  • Arguing for a lower sentence or against the federal sentencing guidelines 

Learn more about how we can help when you contact us for your confidential case review.

Understanding the Difference Between State Crimes and Federal Crimes

One of the fundamental distinctions in the criminal justice system is the differentiation between state and federal crimes. Both federal and state governments have the authority to enforce laws, but they operate within distinct jurisdictions and handle different types of offenses. Understanding these differences is crucial for anyone accused of a federal crime.

State Crimes:

  1. Jurisdiction: State crimes fall under the jurisdiction of individual states and are prosecuted in state courts. Each state has its own set of criminal laws, which can vary significantly from one state to another.
  2. Law Enforcement: State law enforcement agencies, such as local police departments and state troopers, investigate and enforce state crimes.
  3. Penalties: Penalties for state crimes are determined by state law and typically result in imprisonment in state correctional facilities. These penalties can vary widely based on the specific crime and state.

Federal Crimes:

  1. Jurisdiction: Federal crimes fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government and are prosecuted in federal courts. Federal jurisdiction typically applies when the alleged offense involves a federal law violation, crosses state lines, or occurs on federal property.
  2. Law Enforcement: Federal law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), investigate and enforce federal crimes.
  3. Penalties: Federal crimes often carry harsher penalties compared to state crimes. Punishments may include substantial fines, lengthy prison sentences in federal prisons, and supervised release.

Examples of Federal Crimes

Federal offenses encompass a wide range of criminal activities. Some common examples of federal crimes include:

– Drug Trafficking: The distribution, manufacturing, or trafficking of illegal drugs, often involving large quantities and organized criminal enterprises.

– White-Collar Crimes: Offenses such as fraud, embezzlement, insider trading, and identity theft that involve financial deceit and manipulation.

– Federal Weapons Offenses: Violations of federal firearm laws, including possession of firearms by prohibited persons and trafficking in illegal firearms.

– Cybercrimes: Hacking, identity theft, and computer-related offenses that target federal computer systems or critical infrastructure.

– Immigration Offenses: Violations of federal immigration laws, including illegal entry, visa fraud, and human trafficking.

– Racketeering (RICO) Charges: Engaging in organized criminal activities such as racketeering, money laundering, and conspiracy.

Punishments for Federal Convictions

Federal convictions can result in severe consequences, including:

  • Class E Felonies can result in a maximum of 5 years of federal imprisonment.
  • Class D Felonies may lead to a maximum of 10 years of federal incarceration.
  • Class C Felonies could result in a maximum of 25 years in federal prison.
  • Class B Felonies carry a minimum sentence of 25 years in federal prison.
  • Class A Felonies can lead to a life sentence in federal prison or the imposition of the death penalty.

Substantial Fines

Federal fines can be significant, often involving substantial monetary penalties ranging from $5,000 (class E felony) to $250,000 (class A federal felony).


Convicted individuals may be required to pay restitution to victims to compensate for financial losses resulting from the crime.

Asset Forfeiture

The government may seize assets acquired through illegal activities, including property, vehicles, and bank accounts.

Supervised Release

In many cases, individuals convicted of federal crimes may be subject to supervised release after serving their prison sentence, during which they must adhere to strict conditions and supervision.

Potential Defenses Against Federal Criminal Charges

When facing federal criminal charges, mounting a strong defense is essential. The Criminal Defense Team, led by four board-certified attorneys, specializes in developing robust defense strategies tailored to each client’s unique circumstances. Some potential defenses against federal criminal charges include:

– Constitutional Violations: Challenging evidence obtained through unlawful searches and seizures or violations of other constitutional rights, such as Miranda rights.

– Lack of Evidence: Demonstrating that the prosecution lacks sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

– Plea Negotiation: Negotiating with prosecutors to secure reduced charges or sentencing through plea bargains or cooperation agreements.

– Alibi: Providing evidence that the accused was not present at the scene of the crime during the time of the alleged offense.

– Self-Defense: Arguing that the accused acted in self-defense or defense of others when facing imminent harm.

– Insanity or Diminished Capacity: Demonstrating that the accused was not mentally capable of understanding the consequences of their actions at the time of the offense.

Where Do You Appear for Federal Criminal Court in Indiana?

Federal criminal cases in Indiana are heard in federal courthouses located throughout the state. Some of the key federal courthouses in Indiana include:

  1. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana: This courthouse is located in Indianapolis and serves the southern part of the state. It handles a wide range of federal cases, including criminal prosecutions.
  2. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana: The Northern District encompasses the northern part of the state and has courthouses in South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Hammond.
  3. Other Federal Courts: Depending on the specific jurisdiction and nature of the case, federal criminal proceedings may also take place in other courthouses within Indiana.

Understanding the Federal Court System

Navigating the federal court system can be complex, and having experienced legal representation is crucial. The federal court system consists of several layers, each with its own functions and responsibilities:

  1. U.S. District Courts: These are the trial courts of the federal system, where federal criminal cases are initially heard. Each state has at least one U.S. District Court, and Indiana is divided into two districts: the Northern District and the Southern District.
  2. U.S. Court of Appeals: After a verdict in a U.S. District Court, the losing party may appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Indiana falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  3. U.S. Supreme Court: In exceptionally rare cases, the U.S. Supreme Court may review decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the federal system and has the authority to make final determinations on matters of federal law.

Building a Strong Defense for You

Federal criminal defense in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a complex and high-stakes legal field that requires the expertise of skilled attorneys. The Criminal Defense Team of Baldwin Perry & Wiley PC stands as a reliable advocate for individuals facing federal criminal charges. With 3 Board-Certified Attorneys leading the firm and a commitment to providing two lawyers for each case, The Criminal Defense Team offers a formidable defense against federal prosecution.

If you find yourself accused of a federal crime, remember that time is of the essence. Contacting an experienced Indianapolis federal criminal defense attorney, like those at The Criminal Defense Team, is the first step toward safeguarding your rights and building a strong defense. Understanding the differences between state and federal crimes, knowing the potential consequences of federal convictions, and being aware of the federal court system in Indiana are essential for anyone facing federal charges. With the right legal representation, you can work toward achieving the best possible outcome in your federal criminal case