Federal Court

Frequently Asked Questions

Historically, in the United States, criminal law was mainly comprised within state law. However, over the years, the federal government has expanded its power to include criminal prosecution. Federal criminal charges tend to be more serious crimes with graver consequences. On top of that, the federal government has seemingly unlimited power and financial resources to use in the prosecution of those who they deem are criminals.

If you have been served a federal indictment or received a target letter from the federal government, it is essential that you contact an attorney immediately. The Wolfe Law Firm has over 20 years of experience representing clients in the federal criminal forum and we understand what is at stake.

It is important that you hire a law firm familiar with the every changing legal landscape of the federal court system. Since the passage of the United States Sentencing Guidelines by Congress, sentences in federal courts have been significantly longer than in the past. However, recent opinions by the United States Supreme Court have attempted to reclaim those constitutional rights upon which Congress impeded.

If you have been charged with a federal criminal offense, contact The Wolfe Law Firm today. We will give you straightforward answers in plain English. If we decide to take your case, we will fight vigorously to defend your rights and make sure that the federal government does not unjustly use its power to violate your rights as a citizen of our country.

The Wolfe Law Firm has been representing persons charged with federal crimes in all of the four points of holding of the federal district courts for the Northern District of West Virginia, including: Elkins, Clarksburg, Martinsburg and Wheeling. We have also represented persons in their federal criminal appeals before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals located in Richmond, Virginia.

  • We have successfully defended and are available to defend the following cases:
  • Drug and Drug Distribution Charges
  • Federal Weapons Crimes
  • Federal White Collar Crimes
  • Criminal Conspiracy Crimes
  • Financial Fraud Crimes
  • Federal Mail and Postal Crimes
  • Bank Robbery Charges
  • International Extradition

If you are under investigation for any federal offense, the sooner you need to contact a lawyer. The federal government does not conduct a criminal investigation unless their goal is to charge and convict an individual. Since the adoption of the United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the end result of a conviction is often a sentencing to a Federal Prison.

If you or your loved one has been contacted by the local drug task force (BCI), the United States Attorney’s Office, The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the United States Postal Inspector, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or any other federal criminal agency, you need to contact an attorney immediately.

The United States Federal Court system and the West Virginia State Criminal Court system often have concurrent jurisdictions over some crimes. A case may start out in the West Virginia State Court system as a state felony charge and later be charged as a federal offense. This commonly occurs with drug and weapon charges and therefore, the sooner you contact an attorney experienced in criminal matters, the better.