Federal Criminal Case Prosecution
Federal criminal cases are heard in U.S. District Court. In San Diego, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California has jurisdiction over federal cases. The Court has locations in San Diego and El Centro, California. Our office regularly appears in both federal court in San Diego and federal court in El Centro, California.
Federal criminal cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. For the Southern District of California, the U.S. Attorney has offices in San Diego and El Centro, California. If you or a family member is under investigation or has been arrested do not contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office directly. It is always better to work with an experienced federal defense attorney.
Consequences of Federal Criminal Convictions
Federal criminal prosecutions involve complex procedures and a conviction can have severe consequences. Attorney Leif Kleven is experienced in handling federal criminal cases and has reached excellent outcomes for his clients charged with a federal crime.
If convicted, penalities may include:
- Federal prison sentence
- Fines & restitution orders
- Supervised release for a period of years following release from prison
- Immigration consequences including loss of permanent resident status and deportation
- Permanent criminal record
Your decision to retain an experienced federal defense attorney is critical because of the potential severe consequences of a conviction.