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Federal Criminal Defense
A federal crime is a crime that is prosecuted in federal court, or what is called a United States District Court.  In Florida, there are three District Courts: the Northern, Middle and Southern District Courts.  The Federal Bureau of Investigations typically investigates federal crimes.  However, state agencies as well as the  Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Criminal Division of the IRS (CID), Secret Service, DEA, Postal Service, ATF or Customs can get involved.  However, if the FBI is involved, it is more likely that the case will be prosecuted as a federal crime.  Unlike state crimes, a federal prosecutor must seek an indictment within 30 days of an arrest.

Frequently asked questions about federal crimes
When does the FBI get involved in a matter?

The FBI typically gets involved in investigating a case when:
The alleged crime took place on federal property as a federal courthouse, federal park or military 
The victim of the crime is a federal official.
The alleged crime involves the use of interstate commerce.  For example, if a person uses the 
postal service to transport drugs or any other illegal substance.
The alleged crime takes places in multiple states such transporting somebody across state lines to 
engage in illegal activity or sending child pornography over the Internet.

Because federal criminal cases tend to me more difficult to deal with, it is extremely important to hire an aggressive criminal defense attorney.

Driving while the License is Suspended or Revoked
Driving with a Suspended License can be charged as either a traffic, misdemeanor or felony in the state of Florida.  If you are caught driving with a suspended without knowledge, it is a purely traffic offense.  However, if you are charged with driving with a suspended license with knowledge, it can be a misdemeanor depending on your previous criminal record.  
Some of the ways that your license can be suspended is accumulating too many points in your driving record, being convicted of certain crimes, failure to pay child support and others.  For example, if you receive 12 or more points within 12 months, you will get a 30 day suspension.

It is important to understand the seriousness of these charges and how you handle them because three charges could lead to you becoming a habitual traffic offender (HTO) in Florida.  If you are deemed a Habitual Traffic Offender, you will get a five year suspension of your license in the state of Florida.

Driving with a suspended license is a serious criminal traffic offense.  Such offense can be charged as a felony if you have previously faced forcible felony charges in the past and the previous driver's license suspensions were not based on financial difficulties.  In any event, you are still facing serious penalties in terms of your ability to drive and your freedom.  

Your driver's license is not something you should put in jeopardy.  Without having a valid Florida 
driver's license, it will be extremely difficult to go to work and make a living.  In certain case, we can 
help you apply for a hardship license if your driver’s license has been suspended.

The The Orlando Law Firm P.L. may be able to help you obtain a driver's license even if you are a habitual traffic offense whose license is suspended for five years.  


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