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:
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.