Not all crimes are prosecuted and tried on a local or state level. Certain crimes--such as some white-collar crimes, internet crimes, drug crimes, terrorism, tax crimes and counterfeiting--are federal crimes. Don't wait until you're arrested and charged with a crime. The sooner you hire a federal criminal law attorney, the better. Your federal criminal defense lawyer should be present at any time you're speaking with law enforcement officer or government investigators, which will help ensure that you don't provide officials with any evidence which could later be used against you in court. And if you are indicted, your federal criminal law firm can accompany you to all court hearings, help you enter a plea during arraignment, work to get you released on bail, talk to prosecutors to negotiate a plea bargain and defend you during trial.