Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: I have received a letter informing me that I am the target of a federal investigation. What should I do?
A: If you believe you financially qualify for a Federal Defender, contact us by phone at 302-573-6010 or toll-free at 877-444-8244 and we will assist in the appointment of counsel process.

 

Q: What about bail?
A: In Federal Court, bail is not automatic. Even if bail is granted, the judge may order that you undergo drug testing, post cash or property, surrender your passport, comply with restrictions on travel or residence, comply with a curfew or meet other restrictions. You also may be placed on electronic monitoring.

You will probably be supervised by a pre-trial services officer. If you violate the terms of your release, they may send you back to jail. Some infractions may increase the duration of an existing sentence, and other infractions may be used to charge you with a new offense. You will get credit for the time granted if you are later found guilty, unless you are serving another sentence when you are detained under your federal charge. For more information, contact your attorney or the U.S. District Court Clerk's Office at 302-573-6170.

 

Q: I received a notice to testify before the Grand Jury. What should I do?
A: If you believe you financially qualify for a Federal Defender, contact us by phone at 302-573-6010 or toll-free at 877-444-8244 and we will assist in the appointment of counsel process.

 

Q: What are the directions and visiting hours to the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia?
A: Please visit the Bureau of Prisons website for up to date contact information and visiting policies.

 

Q: I have an open Federal Criminal case and I do not know my next court date. What do I do?
A: If we have been appointed to represent you, you can call the Federal Public Defender's Office for the District of Delaware at 302-573-6010 or toll-free at 877-444-8244.