The local rules, laws, statutes, and possible penalties vary significantly between state and federal courts, and the law enforcement agencies and prosecutors handling the cases differ in their attitudes and approaches to each case. Not all criminal defense lawyers understand federal trial preparation, negotiations, plea agreements, mandatory minimum sentences, or the United States Sentencing Guidelines.

We at RAAB | MAHONEY have successfully represented clients in both state and federal prosecutions, and are fully versed in how to navigate the complex aspects of each.

We understand the significant distinction between state and federal criminal investigations and prosecutions, and have successfully represented clients in both, in California or elsewhere. We have appeared in federal and state courts throughout California, and have been admitted in the Southern, Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California, as well as having appeared in the States of Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, New York, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.