Federal Criminal Defense
Federal criminal cases require specialized expertise in the federal rules of criminal procedure and evidence.
Although federal courts throughout the country follow these rules, each district court and court of appeals has its own additional rules.
Depending on the nature of the charges, the penalties in federal court are steeper. Moreover, if the accused has a prior offense, that may be held against him or her. Although the United States Supreme Court ruled that the federal sentencing guidelines are advisory, the guidelines still pay a prominent role in sentencing.
Nationwide Federal Criminal Defense Representation
The Federal Court system includes 11 circuit courts plus the Washington DC, Circuit Court as well as 94 district courts.
Elizabeth’s United States Court Federal Court admissions include:
- Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals: Jurisdiction over all federal appeals from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee
- Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals: The Northern District of Ohio
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: Jurisdiction over all federal appeals from Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Mariana Islands, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
In federal cases, if Elizabeth is not admitted to practice in a particular court, she will apply for general admission or apply to make a special application for admission to practice in the court called pro hac vice.
Experienced Federal Defense Services
Elizabeth Kelley has many years of experience in providing positive outcomes for clients along every step of the federal criminal defense process such as:
- Pre-indictment Investigation
- Pre-trail Motion Practice
- Direct and Discretionary Appeals
- Jury and Non-Jury Trials
- Sentence Reductions and Mitigation
- Violation of Supervised Release and Probation
- 2255/Habeas Corpus Action
- New Trial Motions
- Treaty Transfer