Federal Criminal Defense

Former Prosecutors With Decades of Experience Defending Clients Charged With Criminal Offenses in Federal District Court in New Jersey

Whether you are under investigation by the FBI, ATF, DEA, or another agency or have already been served with a criminal complaint (or even indicted), you absolutely need to hire a defense lawyer who understands the special challenges involved with federal cases. Federal criminal law and procedure is extremely complex and so too are the sentencing guidelines that must be applied in the event that you plead guilty or are otherwise convicted. Federal criminal charges must be defended by an attorney who has the knowledge and experience required in this unique area of defense. You should strongly consider contacting our firm since we have what you need.

We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, one of the state’s largest criminal firms. More importantly, our team can offer you:

  • Over 200 years of combined experience defending drug, gun, fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, and other charges
  • 10 lawyers that specialize exclusively in criminal defense
  • Former Prosecutors, NJ Attorneys Generals, and even a Special Counsel to the Governor who have served in high-level positions involving significant exposure to federal offenses
  • Certified criminal trial attorneys
  • A long history of favorable pleas, acquittals, and other favorable outcomes

Our attorneys know how to make the difference in your federal criminal case so that your future is fully protected.  Contact us any time of day or night for a free consultation.

Federal Criminal Charges Defended By Our Firm

The Code of Federal Regulations contains countless offenses that someone can face if they are accused of violating the law. The biggest equalizer when this happens is a highly skilled federal criminal attorney. They can not only insulate you from an interrogation by United States Attorneys and federal agents but also ensure that you enjoy all of the other protections afforded you. Our team is certainly well equipped to assist you in this capacity in the defense of a wide range of federal criminal charges, including:

  • Drug distribution and trafficking
  • Anti-kickback, false claims, Medicare and health care fraud
  • Fraudulent use of credit cards and identity theft
  • Public corruption, bribery or campaign finance violations
  • Conspiracy charges of all kinds
  • Child Pornography and other internet crimes
  • RICO & money laundering
  • Assault of a federal officer or agent
  • Crimes on federal property
  • White collar offenses
  • Mail fraud & tax evasion
  • Federal weapons offenses, such as “straw guy” purchases, illegal transport, prohibited person and sales/trafficking of firearms

What You Need To Know If You Are Facing A Federal Criminal Offense


You Are Under Investigation. As previously stated, many individuals are aware that they are a target for federal prosecution because there is an investigation that has come to their attention. This knowledge can result in any number of ways including contact by an investigator, disclosure another witness or party, and publicity. It is crucial that you appreciate the fact that the government nor its representatives are your friends. They are attempting to build a case and anything you say or do that is incriminating will be used against you. It is therefore paramountly important that you enlist an experienced NJ federal criminal attorney as soon as you become aware that you are under investigation.

Indictment. The second way an individual finds themself in the federal system is because they have been charged. This typically occurs as the result of an arrest by a member of the DEA, ATF or FBI. It can also arise as the result of a direct indictment. Someone is indicted when a panel of their peers concludes that there is probable cause (i.e. a reasonable basis) to believe that the offense(s) were committed by the accused. It is very important to keep in mind that this determination is made solely on the evidence submitted by the government. The defendant customarily has no participation in the proceeding.

Initial Appearance & Bail. There typically is an initial hearing to determine whether or not you shall be released on bail and, if so, the pretrial release conditions that shall apply.


Discovery Phase.


Plea Hearing.



In the federal criminal justice system, the prosecution does not file a criminal complaint, but instead presents evidence to a grand jury, which then decides whether or not to issue formal criminal charges, known as an indictment. The grand jury process might take an afternoon, it might take a month, or it might take a year or longer — it all depends on the complexity of the case and the nature of the federal investigation.

If you’re contacted by FBI, DEA or ATF agents, or if you’re required to provide testimony to a federal grand jury, a skilled criminal defense lawyer can give you the advice you need to keep from incriminating or perjuring yourself. We can also go to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the effort to keep the most serious potential charges from even being considered. When successful, we can keep your status in an investigation as one of “unindicted coconspirator,” “person of interest,” or “witness.”


For additional information about the scope of our federal criminal defense practice, contact the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall in Shrewsbury, Cranford, or any of our other four locations in New Jersey.