Trusted Federal Law Firm in Columbus, OH


Federal Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbus, OHAny successful criminal defense attorney practicing in federal court must have a number of skills in order to provide his client the best possible representation. At the Steven S. Nolder Law Firm, we educate our clients about the federal criminal justice system, objectively evaluate the government’s case, brainstorm the government’s case with our clients, formulate sound and realistic trial strategies, craft motions that frame factual and legal issues that need presented, effectively represent our clients at jury trials, zealously represent clients at sentencing and revocation hearings, and represent clients on appeal, in §2255 litigation, and at international consent verification hearings.

If you are under investigation or have been charged with a federal crime, you need the legal aid of an experienced federal criminal lawyer. At the Steven S. Nolder Law Firm, our criminal law attorneys in Columbus are dedicated to protecting you and your rights if you are accused of a federal crime—we will help you understand your position and the best course of action for a positive outcome to your case.

Common Federal Crimes

Federal crimes specifically violate a statute or law passed by the United States Congress. These crimes are seen as those with effects of national concern. Some of the most common federal crimes include

  • fraud, including computer and internet fraud, mail fraud, credit card fraud, bankruptcy fraud, healthcare fraud, and tax fraud.
  • tax crimes, including tax evasion and failure to withhold federal taxes from employee paychecks.
  • crimes that take place on a military base or endanger military personnel, which are typically treated as federal crimes.
  • financial crimes such as bribery, kickbacks, counterfeiting, embezzlement, and money laundering.
  • business crimes such as price fixing, collusive bidding, boycotting, and exclusive dealing.
  • child pornography and obscenity, as defined by the United States obscenity law.
  • trafficking in drugs; possession with the intent to distribute drugs, and conspiracy offenses

The Stages of a Federal Criminal Case

If you have been accused of a federal crime, your criminal law attorney will help you understand the process as it pertains to you and develop a plan of action. You can find out more about criminal law and working with an experienced criminal defense attorney serving Columbus by calling the Steven S. Nolder Law Firm at (614) 221-9790.

  1. Federal criminal cases begin with the identification and arrest of a suspect. If bail is granted, the suspect may be released from jail.
  2. The charges are explained during arraignment and the suspect is asked to plead guilty or not guilty. A plea bargain may be offered at this stage.
  3. Prior to any additional hearings, a criminal defense attorney will seek out the facts of the case and call witnesses for examination during a preliminary hearing.
  4. Before a federal trial is scheduled, an attorney may call for one of several pre-trial motions. Unless the trial itself is dismissed during this process, the case will proceed to a trial.
  5. During the trial, a jury listens to the facts of the case, the testimony of the individuals involved, and arguments made by both lawyers. They must come to a verdict; if the defendant is found guilty, sentencing will follow at a later date.
  6. Even after a sentence has been delivered, the defendant and his attorney may appeal the case on the grounds that he was wrongly convicted or given too harsh a sentence.

At the Steven S. Nolder Law Firm, we bring more than 34 years of combined experience in representing clients in federal court and have consistently achieved impressive results for clients in a wide array of criminal cases. Our experience as Columbus criminal attorneys ensures that your constitutional rights are protected in every case and we stand for honesty and integrity in representing our clients. If you are being investigated or have been arrested, you need to speak with an attorney at our firm immediately.

Call to speak with one of our attorneys at (614) 221-9790 or feel free to contact us via email using our contact form to discuss your case.

The Steven S. Nolder Law Firm provides effective representation at the following stages of all federal criminal cases: pre-charge; pre-trial; trial; sentencing; appeal; post-sentencing; supervised release and probation revocation hearings; motions to vacate, set aside, or correct a sentence; and international consent verification hearings.