Federal Crime Attorneys
It is imperative to have an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer involved in your federal case. Federal crimes involve those specifically defined in the federal criminal code. Federal courts have jurisdiction when the criminal activity either involves the federal government or some instrumentality of interstate commerce. Typically, it is the latter and the federal courts have taken great leeway in expanding the definition of interstate commerce to find jurisdiction. The result is federal courts are taking on more federal crimes that used to be simply state crimes.
The types of federal crimes we see and have helped our clients fight are:
- Serious drug crimes, such as drug trafficking
- White collar crimes
- Mortgage fraud
- Wire and mail fraud
- Bank fraud
- Child pornography
- Identity theft
- Witness tampering
- Tax evasion
- Human trafficking/prostitution
- Weapons trafficking
- Computer crimes
A federal case is charged out through indictment after a grand jury decides there is enough evidence to charge it out, or through a complaint or “Information.” And a federal case can be brought against a person at the same time as a state case, without double jeopardy applying.
Facing federal charges is daunting, particularly with the stiff sentencing guidelines and “trial tax” (i.e. a penalty for taking the case to trial) in place if you lose at trial. Adding to this is the perceived uphill battle against the federal agencies: FBI, IRS, DEA, etc. Law enforcement agencies that investigate federal crimes are generally well-funded and staffed by the most experienced agents and investigators. The federal prosecutors who conduct federal criminal trials and sentencing hearings are also usually very experienced, and have virtually unlimited resources at their disposal. In addition, they are afforded a very favorable option regarding discovery: they do not have to provide it to defendants in many instances until nearly too late to be of use.
But, this perception is just that. In order to fight this, you need a federal criminal defense attorney with the experience, skill, and poise to take down the federal government.
Given the severity and complexity of federal criminal investigations and prosecutions, anyone charged with a federal crime should retain a federal criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience and the fight to take on the federal government. The attorneys at North Star Criminal Defense have this experience, having handled serious felony crimes in Minnesota, North Dakota, and even in Rhode Island. The results have been dramatic to our clients benefit.
Contact North Star Criminal Defense and discuss your case with Dan Adkins or James Gempeler in complete confidence. You will not find a more focused law firm, or one with a deeper commitment to pursuing justice for people who need help in federal court.