As most residents of South Carolina know, the penalties for a federal crime can be extremely severe, often outweighing the consequences of an equivalent charge tried on a state level. On top of this, if you have been charged with such a crime, you also have the worry of the effect conviction could have on your future. Aside from the possibility of losing a period of your life to a prison sentence, the mark on your record could have a damaging effect on your prospects.
As such, it is important to know your rights and act with care and consideration following your arrest. Undergoing a criminal investigation can be a stressful experience, but it is also the best time to remain alert and be on the lookout for any details that may help your case. This can include noting any factors that could invalidate the evidence or charges against you.
For example, as this article on criminal defense explains, if any of the evidence used to support the case against you has been procured illegally, it may be inadmissible. If this is the case, it should be possible to have that evidence suppressed, preventing it from being used against you. Similarly, if it leads to other evidence, that also cannot be used during your trial. This can be extremely useful as a lack of evidence can increase your chances of clearing your name.
If you have been charged with a federal crime, choosing the correct line of defense is extremely important. Even if you are not able to avoid conviction, it may be possible to negotiate a plea deal or secure a reduced sentence. An attorney can advise you about your options and may be able to suggest the best course of action to take. He or she might also be able to help you identify any evidence that might be identified as inadmissible and see that it is suppressed.