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Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Satawa In Michigan

Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Satawa Has The Experience And Unique Skill Sets Needed To Succeed In Criminal Cases

My experience started when I graduated from law school in 1992. My first job was as an assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan, prosecuting civil tax fraud.

After that, I went to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office and worked there for five years, from 1994 to 1999, prosecuting violent crimes, several cell phone frauds, and other complex conspiracy-type cases. I left the Wayne County prosecutor’s office in 1999 and worked for what’s commonly referred to as a “silk-stocking” law firm for a year until 2000.

Then in 2000, I left to go out on my own. I have been the principal attorney in my law firm ever since.  Ninety-five percent of my practice has been in criminal defense for the last 22 years, and about half of that practice has been in federal criminal defense.

The cases range from guns and drugs cases to child pornography, internet solicitation of a minor, production of child pornography, child exploitation enterprise cases, and complex conspiracy cases. The complex conspiracy cases include racketeering through medical and Medicare fraud and many other conspiracy-type racketeering cases.

It can be both violent and white-collar in nature. The cases I’ve handled can be Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) and racketeering or Medicare and Medicaid fraud representing folks from everyday citizens, businesspeople, doctors, other medical providers, and everyone in between.

In the last 20 years, half of my practice has been in federal court, and I have successfully defended the gamut of federal criminal offenses. My successful defense of federal criminal cases includes several significant wins at trial, dismissals through motions practice, including motions to dismiss, and very favorable plea negotiated resolution when appropriate.

So, my federal criminal practice is significant, and it makes up, at any one time and for the last 20 years, approximately 50% of my practice.

Only Qualified Attorneys Can Represent Clients In Federal Court

Not every attorney is qualified to represent clients in Federal criminal cases. Federal criminal law is an incredibly unique and focused practice area of law. Unless you are a specialist in federal criminal defense, federal criminal cases are not the kind of cases you should do on the side or dabbling.

Federal criminal cases are complex and have very targeted specific rules relating to things like discovery, the procedure of a criminal case, and the way it moves through the system. In addition, very tight deadlines under the Speedy Trial Act must be navigated.

The pleading and motion practice is unique in federal criminal cases, and the trial practice has its own evidentiary rules and procedures that differ from state court. The federal sentencing guidelines are as complex, detailed, and thick as the income tax code. They should not be navigated by anyone who doesn’t have a significant amount of knowledge and experience in federal criminal case guidelines.

The bottom line is that federal criminal cases are a minefield of potential problems that can easily blow up if you do not have the requisite experience, expertise, and specialty in navigating those cases.

Why This Book Is For You

The most crucial thing in understanding a federal criminal case is to be aware of two things:

The first is that the resources available to the government in federal criminal cases are astronomical. They have the full power of the federal government, law enforcement agencies, FBI, DEA, ATF, Homeland Security, ICE, Immigration Customs Enforcement, and the postal inspector.

Each of these agencies has an enormous workforce. They also have technological resources, the use of drones, infrared technology, computer experts, and the ability to analyze any and every form of technology. For example, their experts can analyze a cellphone, a tablet, a laptop, and a desktop. Also, federal criminal investigations have access to the FBI crime lab and the DEA drug crime lab when they need to analyze or process evidence.

Federal Law Enforcement has labs that can analyze fingerprints, a cell phone, a computer, or a laptop. They have access to the world’s most technologically advanced and well-funded crime labs.

Also, federal prosecutors have an entire staff of lawyers, whether the Department of Justice or the local US attorney’s office. They are the most prominent criminal practice law firm in every city they exist in. They are fully staffed with well-trained, well-paid, and competent prosecutors with the title of United States Attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and support staff.

Because of all their advantages, it’s complicated for a lawyer to fake the defense of a federal criminal case. Their resources, workforce, money, technology, and other support make winning a federal criminal case difficult, even by accident. Without a massive amount of preparation, investigation, and research, it is an enormous undertaking for an attorney to defend a federal criminal case.

The second aspect to understand in a federal criminal case is the tremendous impact of the sentencing guidelines. Federal criminal practice is driven even before a conviction, whether by trial or a plea agreement.

The federal criminal case guidelines are so draconian that it creates such presumably highly valid sentences. Every facet of a federal criminal case must be viewed through the prism of how this will affect the guidelines if this client ever goes to sentencing.

Every decision in a federal criminal case is driven in some way by the ultimate guideline calculation that applies to the case. Several decisions must be made throughout a federal criminal case and right from the beginning with the initial appearance.

Then a decision must be made at the detention hearing, the pretrial motion practice, whether to plead guilty to trial or what to plead guilty to, and how to negotiate a Rule 11 Plea Agreement. After that, a decision must be made whether to cooperate with the Feds. Finally, a decision must be made to prepare the case and the client for sentencing.

Because federal investigators and investigations often use a great deal of finesse and keep investigations quiet, they have an advantage because the subject matter and the people who are the investigation’s target are kept secret.

In the initial part of an investigation for a potential target, it’s common that they underestimate their exposure or believe they’re not a target. Federal law enforcement will certainly not dissuade you from that idea. They will encourage the fact that “Look, you are not a target here. We’re just looking at you as a witness; you don’t need a lawyer.”

Thus, it is imperative for anyone contacted by federal law enforcement, FBI, DEA, ATF, IRS, or Homeland Security to immediately consult with and ultimately hire an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer.

Quite often, the investigation itself becomes the thing that poses the biggest threat to a client’s freedom and future. It isn’t easy to forget. Martha Stewart went to jail not for insider stock trading but for lying to federal law enforcement.

Suppose you are only going to be a witness. In that case, a federal practitioner is in the best position to negotiate the terms of an immunity agreement. A federal criminal defense lawyer will sit with you during a Proffer or debriefing and ensure that you remain a witness and don’t become a target or a potential defendant at trial.

Very few witnesses have zero chance of becoming a target in a federal criminal case. Most of the time, the broad sweeping net federal investigations cast is so that even potential witnesses carry at least some, if not significant, exposure as a target and potential defendant of a criminal charge.

The only way to properly analyze your actual position as target versus witness and the true risks associated when the Feds contact you is through an experienced federal criminal defense attorney.

An experienced federal defense attorney will help you make decisions, and their advice and help early in the case will make a difference between whether you are a witness or a target, which makes all the difference in the world. So the earlier you get a lawyer involved in your federal criminal case, the better it will be on all levels.

With the guidance of a skilled attorney for Criminal Law Cases, you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that we’ll make it look easy. For more information on Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Satawa In Michigan, a free initial consultation is your next step. Get the information and legal answers you seek by calling today at (248) 509-0056.

Mark Satawa

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