Federal criminal charges usually have high statutory maximum sentences and large financial penalties, including fines and forfeiture. Unlike state prosecutors, federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents are not overburdened with a large caseload, and can afford to spend significant time and resources working on a single case or investigation. Also, federal judges expect lawyers for both sides to be prepared and will not tolerate excessive delays.
For all of these reasons, federal cases and investigations require an attorney with deep knowledge of the federal criminal process, and who works within this process day in and day out.
Federal criminal cases are distinct from state cases and require criminal defense attorneys who are well versed in federal laws. Federal crimes include, but are not limited to the following:
- Corporate theft or wrongdoing
- Money laundering
- Embezzlement, bribery, and extortion
- Fraud—including mail fraud, wire fraud, and Internet fraud
- Internet solicitation and pornography
- Tax evasion
- Drug trafficking
If you are contacted by a federal agency, such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Criminal Division of the IRS (CID), or the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), you may be a witness or suspect in a federal investigation. In these cases, it is important to hire an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in federal cases to ensure the best possible outcome for you.
If you are facing federal charges or have been contacted by a federal agent, CONTACT US today to schedule a consultation.