Pretrial discovery in federal criminal cases is extremely limited, especially when contrasted to state criminal cases and civil cases. There are restrictions in place to protect government informants and to prevent the intimidation of government witnesses. This is especially true as it applies to cooperating defendants or co-conspirators. And unlike state criminal court there are no depositions of witnesses. The discovery process is extremely frustrating for defendants and their attorneys alike.

When pretrial discovery does occur, the process takes place over several weeks or months. To learn more about federal discovery and how it might apply in your situation, call O'Brien Hatfield, PA, for a free consultation at (813) 228-6989 or (407) 808-6750. You may also contact us online.