While many attorneys may be qualified to handle a state criminal defense case, there are far fewer criminal defense lawyers licensed and competent to handle federal criminal defense cases. Andrew M. Kohlmetz has been practicing federal criminal defense in Oregon since 2003. He has represented dozens of individuals charged with serious federal crimes and has argued cases in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has extensive experience in the defense of complex federal criminal cases including multi-jurisdictional drug cases, white collar cases, weapons cases, and conspiracy cases. He has experience in complex federal jury trials.
Contact us online or call us today at (503) 303-0771 to schedule a free consultation with one of our federal criminal defense lawyers in Portland. We can help you with all your legal needs.
What We Can Do for You
Federal criminal cases are typically more serious and complex than their state-court counterparts. They can often be exceedingly complex and laborious. This is due to the fact that many such cases involve multiple defendants and/or criminal conspiracy charges. Many federal criminal cases involve acts, evidence and witnesses in locations outside of Oregon: Sometimes even outside the United States. These cases often take a year or more to get to trial or otherwise resolve. They may involve extensive government investigations including cell phone and wiretaps, administrative subpoenas for financial and bank records, the use of active and passive surveillance techniques, and the use of informants. Often the government will produce multiple gigabytes if not terabytes of information which must be reviewed by the defense attorney. Oftentimes specialized database searching and analytical software must be utilized by the defense along with the retention of third party discovery management firms. Because of this, the costs involved with defending a federal criminal case often require extensive planning over an extended period of time.
Mr. Kohlmetz has experience in defending complex federal criminal cases and can discuss with you the realities of what it takes to properly defend federal criminal charges.
If you have been charged with a federal crime or are under investigation by federal authorities, here is what you should do:
- Contact our office, or another qualified federal criminal defense attorney. Do not speak about your situation with anyone other than such an attorney. Do not speak with friends, co-workers, and even family about the facts of your case, what you may have done or not done, or even what you think about the charges or accusations. Any such statements can be used against you, and it could make it more complicated and difficult for you in the long run.
- After an initial attorney assessment, speak to as many qualified federal criminal defense attorneys as your circumstances permit. Meet them in person, at their office if at all possible. Don’t hire the first one you meet and do not succumb to high pressure tactics to get you to sign a retainer agreement. Take the time you need pick the attorney that you feel best suits you and the needs of your case.
Call us today at (503) 303-0771 to schedule a free consultation. It will cost you nothing and could save you everything.