What Are Federal Court Citations, and What Are Your Defense Options?

Posted on October 5, 2023 by John

A federal court citation is a notice of violation issued by a federal law enforcement officer. It is similar to a traffic ticket, except that it covers violations on federal property.

Federal laws govern all violations that occur on federal property. This means that offenses in connection with federal property are considered a violation of federal laws.

Many of these violations are considered criminal offenses, and you will have a criminal record with the federal government if convicted. That is why you must take your next moves seriously if you receive a federal court citation. A wise course would be to consider hiring an experienced law firm to represent you.

What May Be Involved in Federal Court Citations?

Federal laws govern all violations on federal lands, such as national parks, military bases, federal buildings, post offices, national wildlife refuges, and national forests.

Tickets may be issued for parking violations, speeding, boating, fireworks, trespassing, or civil disturbances. Agents from a variety of federal agencies, including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Postal Service, and others, can issue these citations.

The penalties for these offenses vary depending on the nature of the crime.

What Are Your Options?

If you have ever received a ticket from the federal government, you know that it can be a scary experience.

You’ll probably wonder what to do next. Should you simply pay the fine associated with your violation? Or should you fight the ticket in court on your own?

You may have the ability to pay the fine, but that might not be in your best interests. Paying may cause you to end up spending more money than intended on fines, plus having a federal charge on your record.

You could also choose to go to court and fight the ticket on your own—but if you are unfamiliar with court procedures, this could lead to a difficult situation.

Whether you’re on a military base, in a national park, or simply parked on a street that borders a federal building or property, your rights still exist. Therefore, the best course would be hiring an attorney who has experience fighting tickets in the federal court system. This is your best chance of getting a favorable outcome for your situation, protecting your rights, and keeping your record clean.

The Legal Help You Need

The Law Office of David Leicht can help you with your federal citation defense. We offer free case evaluations and will work with you to develop a plan that is tailored to your needs. We also understand that every situation is unique and are committed to helping you through the process.

If you have received a citation from a federal court, contact the Law Office of David Leicht at (760)-256-3104 or use our online form to set up a free consultation and put the power of an experienced attorney on your side.

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