You're a young entrepreneur, and it's true that you got caught up in some things you shouldn't have. Even though you weren't the person committing fraud, you're still facing federal charges for claims that you were responsible. How can your case be handled, and what might happen in court?
Here are three different ways that you might be able to settle or resolve your case.
The United States Attorney can choose not to pursue charges
With a declination, the United States Attorney decides not to pursue charges against you. This attorney is bound not to pursue charges if there isn't enough admissible evidence to result in a conviction, and even if there is enough evidence, the attorney may believe that there isn't enough federal interest to pursue a charge. Sometimes, you could face charges in other places, like state or tribal courts, though.
You can sometimes take a plea agreement
Another potential option is to take a plea agreement. If you do this, it's likely that you can receive a lesser penalty or even have the charges dropped, depending on the case. A plea agreement helps keep you out of the courtroom and can help the attorney resolve the case faster.
You may need to go to trial
Going to trial is another way to have your case resolved. A fair trial is guaranteed to everyone who has to go to court in America. You will need to defend yourself in court, and you and your attorney will need to discuss what you want to say, if you will have witnesses or evidence to present to defend your side of what happened, and so on.
Every case is different, and your attorney will likely advise you on the possibility of each of these kinds of resolutions. Until then, it's important to keep evidence, information on those willing to back your story and ot her vital information ready for your case.