What happens in a federal detention hearing?

At a Federal Detention Hearing a Federal Judge will determine whether you can be released on conditions while your case is going on. The Federal Detention Hearing always occurs within a day of being arrested so it is very important to contact an experienced Federal criminal defense attorney in Tampa if you think that you may be indicted in Federal Court or that you may have Federal charges. If you don’t, you will only have a day to find a lawyer who specializes in Federal criminal defense and this may prove difficult and is not practical while you’re in jail.

At the Detention Hearing, the Judge will look at certain factors such as your prior record, if any, your ties to the community, whether you are a risk of flight, whether you pose a danger to the community, the nature of the charges against you, and a host of other factors. It is presumed you should be detained on certain types of serious drug charges, but an experienced Federal criminal defense attorney can successfully argue for your release by offering the court property or other collateral to secure your release. Do not wait to hire a Tampa criminal defense attorney if you think you may be arrested on Federal charges because once you are arrested you will only have one day to do so before the Detention Hearing.

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Ray Lopez has practiced since 1990, with prior experience as a Hillsborough County assistant State attorney and lawyer for the Tampa Police Department. He handles all criminal charges, from traffic violations and misdemeanors to serious felonies and federal drug charges. He practices in all state and federal courts of the Tampa Bay area and throughout Florida, as well as criminal appeals, juvenile court, administrative hearings, and civil forfeiture proceedings.

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