Charged with a federal crime in the Eastern District of Virginia? Don't choose the wrong lawyer.
Many attorneys in Northern Virginia will not go to federal court. The laws are different than in state court, the procedures are different, and the prosecutors and judges operate differently.
The attorneys at Harris, Carmichael, & Ellis, PLLC experienced federal attorneys. Phoenix Harris is a former Assistant Federal Public Defender. Jessica Carmichael worked for two federal judges, and was also at the Federal Public Defender's Office, Yancey Ellis was a Special Assistant United States Attorney. The attorneys of Harris, Carmichael, & Ellis, PLLC have worked in these courts, with these judges routinely. One of the most important and daunting aspects of federal criminal defense practice is the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Your attorney must know them intimately, and be able to accurately calculate your potential guideline sentence in order to give you the best advice about your case. Missing one possible enhancement can lead you to make a decision you may regret for the rest of your life. The attorneys of Harris, Carmichael, & Ellis, PLLC have years of experience with the Guidelines, and Ms. Harris taught the training for Federal Sentencing Guidelines from 2010-2013. Don't miss the chance to know for sure whether status as a potential "Career Offender", "Armed Career Criminal" or a sex offender with a "pattern of exploitave behavior" could exponentially increase your exposure and risk in your federal case.
Many lawyers avoid trials and recommend "pleading out" in federal court due to the overwhelming potential sentences in federal prison that their clients face. Or, they may feel daunted by the more formal environment in the courtroom, the lack of attorney voir dire during jury selection, and the fancy technology employed by the United States Attorneys and federal agents during trial. The attorneys of Harris, Carmichael, & Ellis, PLLC will never backed down from a trial, especially when their clients desire one. We have tried cases before both juries and judges in federal court, and after doing so day in and day out for years, practicing in these courtrooms is second nature.
When you hire Harris, Carmichael, & Ellis, PLLC you hire advocates who listen carefully to your concerns, aggressively investigate your case, take into account the total effect on your life and your family, and patiently explain the law and your options. The ultimate decision of how to proceed is made by you, the client. Before making that decision, you will know all of your possible defenses, the pros and cons of each choice, and what your trial would look like By calling Harris, Carmichael, & Ellis, PLLC you are ensuring you will have a fearless, dedicated, and well-experienced advocates who will not make mistakes in your case that result in surprise and a loss of your freedom.