Federal Court


Different rules apply to federal court criminal  prosecutions.  For  example, federal cases  can start with an arrest and a criminal  complaint, but then usually proceed to  a grand jury investigation and  indictment.   During the grand jury investigation, representation by  counsel is very  important.  Your counsel can negotiate  with the United  States Attorney in charge of the case (the prosecutor) to avoid  your  appearance before a grand jury, to arrange for evidence sought by the   grand jury to be turned over in a cooperative fashion, and to try and  resolve  the charges by agreement that will save you exposure to more  serious offenses,  and will save you some of the cost of defending  yourself.  If charges are filed by a grand jury, then  your attorney can  surrender you to the court for a bond hearing, and reach an  agreement  with the prosecutor on bond.

There are two federal courts in Michigan,  the United  States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, located  in  Detroit, and the United States District Court  for the Western District  of Michigan, located in Grand Rapids.   Mr. Eaman is admitted to both  courts and has represented clients in both  courts.  Ms. Gabbara is  currently  admitted in the Eastern District.  

When charges are returned by a grand jury, or charged in a   complaint in federal court, it is important to hire an attorney that  is  experienced in federal court.  Mr. Eaman  has had experience in  almost all types of federal criminal prosecutions.  Ms. Gabbara has  assisted Mr. Eaman in two  federal jury trials, that lasted a combined 8  weeks of trial.  A sample of the types of federal cases  handled by  Frank D. Eaman, PLLC, includes the following: 

  • Health care fraud
  • Tax fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Trade Secret violations 
  • False federal claims
  • Criminal civil rights charges
  • RICO (Racketeering) charges
  • Drug law violations
  • Conspiracy charges
  • Trademark violations
  • Internet pornography cases
  • Alien smuggling
  • Bank robbery
  • Federal homicide charges

             Mr. Eaman has represented clients in two of the  longest trials in the  Eastern District of Michigan in recent years, and three  of the most  famous.