Greenbelt Federal Lawyer
Most criminal cases end up in Greenbelt because the incident occurred on federal property. The U.S. Attorney’s Office can choose to prosecute gun and drug crimes that occurred outside of federal property, though these cases typically begin in state court. Bank robbery and crimes that affect interstate commerce are usually investigated by federal law enforcement, and thus the cases will start in federal court. Misdemeanors and other traffic petty offenses are only handled in federal court if the incident occurred at a federal facility such as the NSA, NIH or Fort Meade or if the incident occurred upon a federally controlled road such as the BW Parkway or the Clara Barton Parkway. Citations from these parkways are predominantly held in Greenbelt and initiated by the U.S. Park Police. Federal traffic citations are scheduled by the Central Violations Bureau or CVB in San Antonio, Texas. The CVB handles citations from the entire country, and thus it may take several weeks for a court date to be set.
If you have received a federal traffic citation it is important to retain an attorney with federal experience. The procedure and the laws are much different in federal court, and you cannot simply show up to court and expect a dismissal or a probation before judgment or PBJ. Federal cases are typically set for an initial appearance and then a trial date. A lawyer may be able to work out an agreement for a dismissal or reduction of your charges prior to the case being heard in court. In these instances, you may not have to attend court at all.
Federal police officers can charge a violation under state law or federal law depending on where the incident occurred. If the case was charged under a Maryland statute you may be eligible for PBJ. If you were charged under a federal statute (typically a CFR violation) you may not be eligible for PBJ but could still argue for a dismissal in some cases. Benjamin handles all types of federal traffic citations regardless of whether you hold a Maryland license or live out of state. Most of the traffic violations heard at the Greenbelt courthouse arose from a violation on the BW Parkway (295). A large percentage of the criminal misdemeanors heard in Greenbelt stem from an incident that occurred at the National Institute of Health, the VA, NASA and Joint Base Andrews. Benjamin has successfully handled dozens of NIH cases including cases charged under the specific statute that prohibits gun possession at a federal facility. The Park Police also can initiate criminal charges if they find guns or drugs in a vehicle after conducting a traffic stop. If you are facing criminal or traffic charges in Greenbelt feel free to call federal defense lawyer Benjamin Herbst anytime at 410-207-2598 for a free consultation. Benjamin is available anytime to explain the process and procedure of a federal case, and can offer flexible payment plans upon request. He represents juveniles and adults in all criminal and traffic charges occurring in Maryland.