What to Do When Facing a Federal Court Citation

Posted on May 18, 2023 by John

Federal court citations are granted by federal courts for offenses that are not severe enough to warrant a criminal charge, such as trespassing on government property, interfering with court proceedings, and breaking federal regulations, for example, flying a drone over a national park.

Being aware of the possible repercussions and your legal choices is crucial if you have been issued a citation by a federal court in California. Fines and community service are the most common penalties for federal court infractions; however, you may be sentenced to extra fines, additional community service, and even some jail time if you do not complete the appropriate amount of community service or pay the fine stipulated by said federal court citation.

It is strongly advised that you retain legal counsel to represent you in court if you wish to contest the citation. An experienced attorney can represent you effectively, negotiate with the prosecution, and possibly get the citation dropped or the costs and penalties lightened.

Options to Consider

If you wish to contest the citation it is necessary to plead not guilty and request a hearing, in which you are going to have the opportunity to, with the help of a skilled attorney, present the information and arguments to better back up your position.

Lack of evidence is a possible defense to a federal court citation since the prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to obtain a conviction. Your attorney may be able to get the citation dismissed if there is insufficient evidence to prove your offense.

Alternatively, if law enforcement tricked you into committing the crime, you might be able to prove that you lacked the necessary criminal intent. An experienced attorney might be able to claim that the alleged crime was justified if you were acting out of necessity to defend yourself or another person.

The Legal Help You Need

No matter what you are being charged with, you will receive highly skilled assistance from our legal professional with over a decade of experience on both sides of a California courtroom. The Law Office of David Leicht will go the extra mile to solve your legal problems and handle your case with the attention it deserves. Contact us 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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