Strong Defense For Federal Crime Arrests

If you were accused of a federal crime, call The Law Office of Christopher Jackson to work with an experienced professional.

A federal crime or federal offense is an act that is made illegal by U.S. federal legislation. In the United States, criminal law and prosecution happen at both the federal and the state levels. Some crimes are listed in Title 18 of the United States Code, but others fall under other titles; for example, tax evasion and possession of weapons banned by the National Firearms Act are criminalized in Title 26 of the United States Code.

Numerous federal agencies have been granted powers to investigate federal offenses to include, but not limited to, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Secret Service. In addition, mail fraud that crosses state lines or involves the (national) United States Postal Service (USPS) is a federal offense. Other offenses include:

  • Kidnapping
  • Bank robbery
  • Tax evasion
  • Counterfeiting
  • Art theft from a museum
  • Damaging or destroying public mailboxes
  • Immigration offenses

In drug-related federal offenses, mandatory minimum sentences can be enforced. A mandatory minimum is a federally regulated minimum sentence for offenses of certain drugs offenses.

Were You Convicted Of A Federal Crime? Our Attorneys Can Help.

In federal court, a person convicted of a crime is typically sentenced based on a Sentencing Guideline Manual. A person's criminal history is a calculation of how many times and the seriousness of a person's prior convictions. The base offense level is the seriousness of the instant offense. Typically the base offense level is higher based on the amount of drugs, guns, money, victims, etc. associated with the instant offense.

If contacted by federal authorities regarding a criminal investigation, one should determine if the contact is related to being a potential witness or as a suspect. Next, one must determine what statements may be safely made to such authorities without falling into a trap; for example, being charged with lying to federal agents.

A federal criminal defense lawyer may serve to assess the nature and purpose of such an investigation. Moreover, a federal criminal defense lawyer can be present during questioning, act as an intermediary and advise clients regarding the exercise of the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. If appropriate, a federal criminal defense lawyer may negotiate with the authorities for more favorable outcome.

Legal Guidance For Grand Jury Subpoenas

When a person receives a subpoena to testify before a grand jury, as with an investigation, it is not always apparent whether the person is being subpoenaed as a witness or as a potential target for indictment. As with an investigation, a federal criminal defense lawyer can determine the likely purpose of the subpoena, advise on how to avoid potential traps when providing testimony, or when to invoke the Fifth Amendment.

We Can Strive For Immunity

The lawyer may be able to work out a deal for immunity, or for use immunity (meaning that the testimony provided before the grand jury may not be used to advance a criminal prosecution against the witness), and in relation to the testimony. Nonetheless, it is helpful during federal criminal proceedings to be represented by a lawyer who is familiar with the federal rules of evidence, federal rules of criminal procedure, trial procedure, and the federal court system.

If you were accused of a federal crime and need a defense attorney for federal court, call our criminal defense lawyers at 859-261-1111 or at 888-811-3247 (toll-free) or send us an email. Our law firm is familiar with federal sentencing procedures, and with the recent Supreme Court rulings which affect sentencing.

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