Many readers of our Michigan criminal defense blog who pick up a paper these days or scan Internet headlines are quite likely to come across stories regarding federal criminal law.

Those articles, reports and studies cover a lot of territory, for this pointed reason: There is much to consider.

In fact, criminal law commentary — and related government action — is focused heavily at the moment on reform-related matters, with the clarion call for change being defined impressively by strong bipartisan political support.

There is growing appreciation, for example, that far too many Americans are wasting their lives away locked behind bars for decades; that mandatory-minimum sentences pushed by prosecutors are often resulting in injustice; that a punish-first-and-hard criminal law rationale is frighteningly expensive for taxpayers; and that “justice” discriminates against certain defendants.

Indeed, federal law questions and concerns are complex, which owes certainly in part to the sheer scope of charging possibilities open to prosecutors. As we note in our May 19 blog entry, the passionate and aggressive advocacy we bring to bear on behalf of individuals facing the daunting power of criminal law authorities extends “across a wide universe of federal charges.”

When you hear the term tax evasion, for example, it is typically in connection with a federal investigation or charge. And that is similarly true with money laundering, counterfeiting, drug trafficking, securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, Internet crime, Medicare fraud and many other matters.

Any individual who is in the crosshairs of criminal investigators relating to a federal matter might reasonably want to secure the assistance of an attorney well-versed in federal criminal defense without delay.

Federal charges are serious matters. A proven legal advocate can help ensure that a criminal suspect’s rights are diligently promoted and that investigators’ actions are duly circumscribed by applicable laws.