Federal Charges

Federal Charges

There are numerous offenses that can be charged as federal crimes, the most common of which include:

Federal firearms offenses
Federal drug crimes
Theft of federal property
Damage to federal property
Tax evasion
Mail fraud: Fraud of all kinds is customarily considered a serious offense, and mail fraud is often judged even more harshly because the U.S. Postal Service is a federal organization. A mail fraud conviction can carry severe penalties, such as a maximum prison sentence of up to 30 years or a fine of up to $1 million.

The criminal law practice area also covers the rights of an accused person and the ensuing process, including arrest, arraignment, grand juries, pleas, discovery, pretrial hearings, trials, jury selection, evidence, motions, and post-trial remedies.

One of our federal crime attorneys can meet with upon your arrest. When you are accused of a crime and subsequently questioned by police, do not make any statements until you speak with an attorney – you have the right to remain silent, USE IT! We will communicate with law enforcement on your behalf to ensure that no incriminating statements are made. Our federal crime defense team will investigate all of the legal options available to you and aggressively work to lessen the seriousness of the charges you face.

Some crimes are classified as federal simply because they take place on U.S. government property. Here are a few specific examples of crimes that can be categorized as a federal offense:

Bank fraud
Bank robbery
Conspiracy cases
Counterfeiting
Bribery of public officials
Internet crimes
Interstate Crimes
Large quantity narcotic
Smuggling controlled substances
Pornography

Federal Criminal Sentencing Procedures

A federal court must consider at least the following factors when determining the appropriate sentence:

The need to avoid gratuitous sentence disparity, and other matters.
The nature of the offense and the specific conditions surrounding it, as well as the history and character of the defendant;
The need for the imposed sentence;
To be in line with the seriousness of the offense, to promote respect for the law, and to provide just punishment for the offense;
To provide appropriate deterrence to criminal conduct;
To protect the public from further crimes of the defendant; and
To provide the defendant with needed educational or vocational training, medical care, or other correctional treatment in the most effective manner;
The types of sentences available for the particular offense;

Our skilled federal crime attorneys will discuss the implications of the charge(s) against you and any available defenses, as well as any plea bargains that are likely to be offered. In addition, we will discuss what you can expect to happen should you be convicted of the crime in question.

Regardless of the charges you are faced with, we can provide you with guidance and trusted legal help throughout the entire process. Remember, your rights, freedom, and livelihood all hang in the balance when you have been contacted by the police or charged with a crime. Contact our criminal defense attorneys today for a confidential consultation at 800-409-1915.