Why are there so few federal criminal trials?

On a general level, federal and state criminal charges are similar in several ways.  The standard of proof is the same, and everyone is presumed innocent and entitled to a trial by a jury. Everyone is familiar with the standard of proof in criminal matters – the government must prove every element of a charge against a criminal defendant  “beyond a reasonable doubt.” But there are many differences in defending federal as opposed to state matters.   There are different rules of procedure government each and different rules of evidence.   Also, the penalties in federal criminal charges are significant.  And, unfortunately,  statistics are not in favor of a federal criminal defendant going to trial.

Statistics show that in 2022,  nationwide, only 2.3% of defendants charged with federal crimes went to trial.[1] So out of 71,954 defendants who were charged with federal crimes across the country, only about 1,654 went to trial.  Of those who went to trial, .04%, or 290 people were acquitted (found not guilty).  The remainder, 1,379, were convicted after trial.

These statistics are alarming – and they should convince anyone charged with a federal crime to contact a federal criminal defense attorney immediately. A seasoned and experienced federal criminal defense lawyer is familiar with these statistics and can advise you accordingly.  Federal criminal defense attorneys have experience in navigating the complex federal criminal justice system.   You should contact a federal criminal defense attorney if you are threatened or charged with a federal crime.

Lorraine Gauli-Rufo and LGR Law Group focus on defending federal charges brought in New Jersey or in Manhattan, New York, and White Plains. If you or a loved one is facing federal criminal charges or is under investigation by federal agents or have been contacted by a federal agent or an Assistant United States Attorney, we can help you. Ms. Gauli-Rufo and her team have successfully defended people charged with crimes throughout New York and New Jersey. They have obtained acquittals of many charges and have been able to obtain reduced charges and below Guideline sentences (including probationary sentences) in thousands of cases over the last 30 years. Our representative cases include healthcare fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, internet and computer fraud, securities fraud, Hobbs Act Robbery, Firearm and gun charges, drug offenses, RICO charges, gang crimes, and more. We also handle appeals and habeas matters. We have appeared and argued in both the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Second Circuit. We offer a free 15-minute consultation and defense strategy session for all potential clients. Call today to schedule an appointment with our experienced and trusted criminal defense lawyers. Call (973) 239-4300 or contact us from our website www.lgrlawgroup.com or email us at [email protected].

[1] Uscourts.gov (accessed 3.29.2024)

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