Why would someone face federal crimes? There are several reasons that investigators or prosecutors from Washington or field offices around the country could take an interest in a case. One is criminal activity that may be happening across state lines or on federal property.
Facilities run by federal agencies often have their own security services, and suspected crimes that take place there may be prosecuted by federal attorneys. A veteran of the U.S. Navy is facing federal charges after he was caught by Veterans Affairs police officers approaching a Pensacola clinic with firearms.
The incident began when the man became agitated while waiting for a prescription. He left the area then returned with a rifle and a handgun, but was stopped by officers before he entered the building. He may face charges related to a suspected attempt to commit a crime as well as possessing firearms on federal property.
Federal prosecutors have different procedures and laws to consider while they investigate crimes and question suspects, but one thing is always true in American courts. Suspects and people charged with federal crimes always have the right to legal representation at all times in the process. A request for an attorney cannot be a considered evidence of guilt or a reason to charge someone with other crimes.
Consider a lawyer if you are facing federal charges, and always let the lawyer know if you are being questioned or detained by federal agents or prosecutors. No one can be denied their rights in the criminal justice system, and an attorney can help you better understand all of your legal options.