Being charged with a federal crime is considerably different from facing criminal prosecution in New York State court. Because federal crimes usually involve interstate commerce, criminal activities across state lines, or crimes committed that violate federal criminal statutes, they are investigated by federal agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Federal charges are normally brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. If you are faced with federal investigation or federal charges, it is crucial that you work with a criminal attorney who knows the landscape of the federal courts. At Barket Epstein we are extremely well-prepared to defend you against federal charges.
What To Do If You Are Accused of a Federal Crime
At the first sign that you are being investigated by a federal agency — if you are arrested, if your computer is confiscated, or your home or office is searched — you should contact a skilled attorney to assist in your defense. Look for one who has been successful in defending clients against federal prosecution. This is especially important because the conviction rates at the federal level are much higher than at the state level and the punishments are generally more severe. Also, the federal courts allow the defense less leeway. The sooner you have first-rate legal representation, the better off you will be.
Common Federal Crimes
Federal crimes typically involve criminal activity in more than one state and include:
- White collar offenses: nonviolent, financial crimes such as embezzlement, internet fraud, and counterfeiting
- Racketeering: organized crime involving extortion, money laundering, bribery, etc.
- Loan sharking: predatory lending at exorbitant rates
- Gambling offenses: illegal, unregulated gambling if engaged in as a business
- Narcotics offenses: distribution, selling, illegal import and/or transport of narcotics
- Pornography offenses: production, possession, and/or distribution of child pornography
How We Defend You Against Federal Charges
Federal charges are complicated and often overlapping. At times, one criminal act can precipitate a number of charges. Since the consequences of federal convictions are so severe, when you come to us facing one or more federal charges we fight aggressively for you from the very beginning, working on your pre-trial defense.
If you have been accused of, or arrested for, a federal crime, you should take immediate action to protect yourself from these serious charges. The skilled attorneys at Barket Epstein are ready to work to protect your rights. Contact us now.