Federal Crimes

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.

Federal criminal cases are usually treated far more seriously than a similar charge in state court, and the federal government will unleash their full arsenal in prosecuting a case of this nature. When facing Federal charges you cannot be underprepared in your defense. At North Star Criminal Defense we understand that and have a track record to prove it.

The types of federal crimes we have helped our clients fight are:

  • Serious drug crimes, such as drug trafficking
  • White collar crimes
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Wire and mail fraud
  • Healthcare/insurance
  • Bank fraud
  • Child pornography
  • Identity theft
  • Witness tampering
  • Tax evasion
  • Human trafficking/prostitution
  • Weapons trafficking
  • Computer crimes
  • Kidnapping

Federal Prosecution Process

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.

Case Results

To see just how successful our approach is, here are some representative case results:

U.S. v. Confidential

Charges: Federal drug trafficking charges

Resolution: After more than two years of negotiations, motion practice, court appearances, and arguments, an Assistant United States Attorney for a neighboring State moved to dismiss an indictment that called for many years of federal incarceration pursuant to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Among other amazing effects from this decision, the client got his passport back by next-day air, returned to his business without interruption, attends plays with his kids, moves on with life, and is the biggest fan North Star Criminal Defense has ever had. It doesn't matter where you face challenges, or for what--North Star has the connectivity and the creativeness and the sheer stamina to put your situation to rights. No fight is too big, or too small, no government is too powerful, no opponent too imposing.

U.S. v. Confidential

Charges: First Degree Burglary and Domestic Assault

Resolution: Stay of adjudication on misdemeanor counts only. Mr. Adkins was able to achieve this incredible resort with a short probationary period as well. And, if the client, as anticipated, successfully completes that period without violating his terms, the matter will be dismissed outright on motion of the prosecutor, and thereafter be eligible for potential expungement. This, notwithstanding the case starting out as a mandatory-minimum jail, and possible prison-commit matter; the judge did announce, as he placed the matter on hold for six to twenty-four months, that Mr. Adkins had "achieved a remarkable resolution" for his client. It's always nice to even impress the Judge.

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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.

Federal Crimes

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