Leza Driscoll is a litigation attorney with two decades of trial experience in the courts. She has been practicing law since 1994 defending the interests of clients in various legal proceedings from bench trials to lengthy jury trials. She is experienced in all areas of complex litigation from pretrial motions through jury verdicts and appeals. She has authored appeals and argued before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.
Leza Driscoll is experienced in representing people charged with federal offenses including:
- Federal Grand Juries
- Targets to a Federal Investigation
- Bank Robbery
- Federal sex crimes
- Hobbs Act Robbery
- Federal Gun Crimes
- Immigration violations
- Federal Drug Crimes
- Bank Fraud
- Complex Fraud
- Involuntary Commitment
Common Questions About Federal Court
What is a federal indictment?
A federal indictment is a formal criminal charge. It is not evidence of guilty. You have a right to be charged by indictment by a grand jury when facing a felony. A grand jury consists of 16 to 23 members and at least 12 members concur.
How can I defend myself against a federal grand jury?
I. The target of the Grand Jury is not notified and has no notice to be present. You do not have a right to be present at federal grand jury proceedings.
What happens after a federal indictment is issued?
You are now formally charged with a federal criminal offense by indictment. Typically, upon being charged you are arrested and make a 1st Appearance before a U.S. magistrate judge. The judicial official will make sure you have a copy of your federal criminal indictment and know the punishment you face. Questions regarding legal counsel will also be addressed.
What is a federal detention hearing?
The Detention Hearing is usually held three days after the 1st Appearance. Your release status pending trial is addressed at this hearing. In most cases a 3rd party custodian is required to testify.
What is a 3rd party custodian?
In federal court a person related to you by blood or marriage willing to testify on your behalf at the Detention Hearing and inform the Court that they will (1) Be sure you meet all court obligations and appearances; (2) allow you to live with them during the duration of the case; (3) will turn you into probation if you violate any conditions of release; and (4) will follow any other conditions the court may require is known as a 3rd party custodian.
How long will my case last before I receive a trial?
The Speedy Trial Act requires your case to begin trial 70 days from the date of your First Appearance/ (or Arraignment in some jurisdictions). The criminal trial, nonetheless, can be postponed for a variety of reasons.
What if people ask me about me about my case?
I strongly advise you not to talk about your case with anyone before discussing it with a criminal defense attorney.
How long do I have to appeal my sentence?
You generally have 14 days to appeal your sentence imposed by a federal criminal court.
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