When a crime has been committed, and it falls under federal jurisdiction, it might be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Securities and Exchange Commission or even the Department of Agriculture. These agencies are all funded by U.S. government, and they possess seemingly unlimited resources to prosecute cases in a United States District Court. A person might even be investigated in the state courts for the same crime, but federal and state courts are two different arenas, and entirely different statutes, procedures and local rules can apply in the same city. That’s why in a federal prosecution in or around New York City, the accused person needs an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer.
Both state and federal criminal laws have their own sentencing provisions. If convicted of a crime in the federal courts, one’s exposure to strict sentencing provisions is far more likely than in state courts due to the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Although many federal judges criticize them for being far too harsh, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines remain a pervasive influence in sentencing, and in practice, most federal judges comply with them in one way or another. Minimal sentencing discretion on the federal level has only been recently allowed.
We’re former prosecutors, and with 30 years of combined experience, we’ve become acutely aware of prosecution applications and strategies in federal criminal courts along with how unfair the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are. A few common types of federal crimes that people are accused of are:
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Computer crimes
- Mail fraud
- White collar crimes
- Firearms violations
- Drug trafficking
- Human trafficking
- Child pornography
There are literally hundreds of federal crimes that a person can be charged with. Each is punishable by its own sentence under Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
A person accused of a crime can be easily stereotyped, smeared, convicted and imprisoned, even without any direct evidence at all, especially in serious felony cases involving highly inflammatory allegations of sex or drug crimes. Those are just some of the reasons why we provide highly professional, individualized and aggressive federal criminal defense representation for those who are accused of crimes punishable by some of harshest sentences under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
You have the right to an attorney in any federal court criminal proceeding, but you’re attorney is required to be licensed in the Federal District Court where your case will be heard. Passing the bar exam isn’t enough. Should a trial be involved, your attorney might even be required to be admitted into the Federal Trial Bar of that district. If you suspect that you’re being investigated for a federal crime, or if you’ve already been taken into custody for one, you’ll need the experience and guidance of a knowledgeable and respected federal criminal attorney.
If you believe that you’re under federal investigation, or if you’ve already been taken into custody, don’t help the prosecutors with their case by giving a statement or confession. The law doesn’t require you to do that. Exercise your rights. The law requires you to be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Tell prosecutors and police that you want to exercise your right to remain silent along with your right to be represented by an attorney. If we agree to be retained on your behalf, they won’t be bothering you again.
As soon as we’re retained, we’ll conduct a comprehensive investigation and formulate a defense strategy with you. We identify all of the facts and issues, and advise you on the best avenue for protecting your rights and freedom. Remember that to a prosecutor, you’re just the defendant in the next case on the court’s call before lunch. You deserve the best federal criminal defense possible. To us, your case is the most important case in that U.S. District Court. If you believe that you’re going to be taken into custody on federal charges, or if you’ve already been arrested and charged, don’t give up any of your rights. Contact us right away. We’ll treat you as if our futures are on the line too.