Federal Criminal Defense Pro is a federal criminal defense law firm representing defendants nationwide who have been accused of committing a federal crime like drug manufacturing, fraud, money laundering, embezzlement or murder, among other crimes. If you have been arrested for a federal criminal offense or contacted by federal agents in connection with a federal investigation, you need immediate assistance from a reputable criminal defense attorney with experience handling federal criminal cases like yours. At Federal Criminal Defense Pro, our attorneys represent defendants facing criminal charges in the federal system for a wide variety of offenses, and when you hire our firm, we will put our expertise to work for you in your case. Contact Federal Criminal Defense Pro today to speak to a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney about the best way to fight the charges against you and clear your name.
Top-Rated Federal Crimes Lawyers
Federal Criminal Defense Pro is based in Los Angeles, California, and we handle criminal cases on behalf of clients in federal courts across the United States. When you are faced with a federal criminal charge, the best way to protect your rights and safeguard your freedom is to hire an aggressive, compassionate defense attorney with trial experience and a clear understanding of federal criminal law, the federal sentencing guidelines and the mandatory minimum sentences for certain federal crimes. Not all federal criminal cases go to trial, but if a trial offers you the best chance of a favorable outcome, you don’t want a defense attorney on your side who isn’t familiar with the ins and outs of the federal court process. At Federal Criminal Defense Pro, our criminal defense attorneys have handled thousands of criminal cases in the federal court system and we know what it takes to beat federal charges. As a former prosecutor, attorney Daniel R. Perlman brings a unique and valuable perspective to criminal cases, and his commitment to aggressively defending the rights of his clients has earned him a reputation as a formidable opponent in the courtroom.
Federal Cases Our Defense Attorneys Handle
Federal Criminal Defense Pro is a top-rated criminal defense law firm and our attorneys have the experience, skill and resources necessary to present a winning defense in even the most complex federal cases. We have successfully represented individuals and businesses across the country in a wide range of criminal cases and we know how important it is that you avoid the life-changing penalties typically associated with federal criminal convictions. If you have been arrested for or charged with a federal offense, or even if you have just been notified that you are a subject or target in a federal investigation, hiring the right attorney right away to represent your defense is crucial to the potential success of your case. You need an attorney in your corner who is familiar with the inner workings of the federal criminal justice system and is equipped to handle the unique challenges posed by federal court. At Federal Criminal Defense Pro, our attorneys represent clients facing the following federal charges and more.
- Murder and homicide
- Drug conspiracy
- Drug distribution
- Drug importation/exportation
- Drug manufacturing
- Drug smuggling
- Drug trafficking
- RICO cases
- False statements
- Internet crimes
- Money laundering
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Immigration fraud
- Child pornography
- Child sexual exploitation
- Sex trafficking
- Soliciting underage prostitution online
- Armed robbery
- Aggravated assault
- Forcible rape
- Sexual assault
- False statement on a record of a gun purchase
- Firearm in a school zone
- Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person
- Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug felony or violent crime
- Possession or manufacture of an illegal firearm
- Stolen firearm, ammunition or explosive
What Makes a Crime a Federal Offense?
Each U.S. state has laws in place that make certain acts illegal, as does the federal government, and while most criminal offenses in California are investigated by the local authorities and tried in state court, any criminal act that violates federal legislation can be tried in federal court. As a general rule, federal criminal charges can be brought against any person accused of unlawful conduct that falls under one or more of the following categories:
- The crime takes place on federal land (i.e. a murder on an Indian reservation)
- The crime involves federal officers (i.e. an assault against an FBI agent)
- The defendant crosses state lines or national borders (i.e. a person physically smuggles drugs from another country into the United States)
- The criminal conduct crosses state lines or national borders (i.e. an Internet fraud scheme that involves victims and/or perpetrators in multiple states)
- The crime is investigated by federal authorities (i.e. a murder, which would otherwise be considered a state crime and tried in state court, that the government believes is tied to a terrorism plot)
Federal crimes are investigated by federal agencies like the FBI, ATF and DEA and are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office, which is the chief prosecutor for the United States in criminal cases. At Federal Criminal Defense Pro, our defense attorneys have years of experience handling prosecutors and negotiating with agents from the FBI, ATF, DEA and other federal agencies, and we use this experience and negotiation ability to serve the best interest of our clients.
Consequences of Federal Criminal Offenses
The government is known for its aggressive prosecution of federal criminal offenses, especially those that involve illegal drugs or controlled substances, conduct that poses a threat to the economy, like fraud and white-collar crime, or other crimes that cross state lines or national borders. As a general rule, federal offenses are considered to be more serious than state crimes and these crimes therefore carry harsher punishments, possibly including a term of imprisonment lasting several years or decades, or even life in prison or the death penalty in the most severe cases.
When it comes to federal criminal cases, federal judges have less discretion when making sentencing decisions. In fact, when imposing a sentence upon an offender convicted of a federal crime, federal judges are required to consider the federal sentencing guidelines, which establish a minimum and maximum penalty for federal offenses. Many federal crimes also carry sentencing enhancements for any specified circumstances that elevate the severity of the crime, which can increase the total prison sentence upon conviction. The specific circumstances vary from case to case, but generally speaking, the sentence imposed upon a convicted offender can be increased based on any of the following circumstances:
- The use of a weapon
- One or more prior convictions
- An element of terrorism
- The offender’s role in the crime
- Abuse of trust or skill
- The use of a minor to commit the crime
- The use of body armor
- Restraint of victim
- Hate crime motivation
- Human rights offense
There are also certain federal offenses that carry a mandatory minimum prison sentence. In federal drug cases where a defendant is accused of selling, manufacturing, trafficking or importing/exporting a particular type of illegal drug or controlled substance at quantities above a certain amount, mandatory minimum sentences may be enforced, in which case the judge is not permitted to impose a lower sentence, even for extenuating circumstances that might otherwise result in reduced charges or a more lenient sentence.
When You Need a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when faced with a federal criminal charge is assuming that any attorney with criminal defense experience can adequately defend you against criminal charges brought by the federal government. The government has its own court system and set of rules for handling criminal cases, and as a whole, the federal criminal process is different from the state criminal process. If you are facing criminal charges in federal court, your freedom and your future are on the line, and you would be doing yourself a great disservice if you hired an attorney without experience in federal court. At Federal Criminal Defense Pro, we focus specifically on federal criminal cases and we are committed to helping you get the best outcome possible based on the facts of your case. The following are some examples of situations in which you would need to hire a federal criminal defense attorney:
- When you are faced with a federal criminal charge,
- When you are involved in a federal investigation,
- When a loved one is arrested by federal agents,
- When federal agents come to your home with a search warrant, or
- When you receive a target letter from the federal government.
What Our Legal Team Can Do for You
Investigate Your Case
Federal Criminal Defense Pro is a well-respected federal criminal defense firm and our attorneys are skilled litigators equipped to handle even the toughest criminal cases. We represent individuals and businesses throughout the United States facing federal criminal investigations, grand jury subpoenas and federal charges, and we have a proven record of success in and out of the courtroom. Far too often, we see inexperienced or unscrupulous criminal defense lawyers push their clients to accept a plea deal so they can avoid trial, when going to trial would have been their clients’ best chance at avoiding a prison sentence and criminal record. When you retain our services, our defense attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation into your criminal charges and carefully evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case in order to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
Protect Your Rights
At Federal Criminal Defense Pro, it is our top priority to get your criminal charges dropped or dismissed, which may be feasible if the prosecution doesn’t have enough evidence against you or the evidence is inadmissible. However, if the prosecution’s evidence against you is overwhelming and your chances of winning a trial aren’t good, we can negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution to get the charges reduced to a lesser offense or secure a more lenient sentence. If, upon evaluating the facts your case, we determine that going to trial and fighting the charges is in your best interest, we will stand by your side during every stage of the trial process, from pre-trial motions to sentencing and appeals. The sooner you hire our firm, the sooner we can get to work fighting for your rights and helping you avoid the harsh consequences of a criminal conviction. In certain cases, if you contact us early enough, we may even be able to prevent formal charges from ever being filed.
Stand Up to the Government
Our extensive experience handling a wide variety of federal criminal cases has provided our defense attorneys with a solid understanding of how federal prosecutors approach criminal cases, and we will show the government that we are ready for a fight by putting everything we have into preparing your case for trial from the very beginning. Depending on the circumstances of your charges, knowing that we are ready to go to trial may make the government more likely to agree to a negotiation. However, if the prosecution refuses to offer a resolution that we would consider reasonable based on the facts of your case, and we end up going to trial, the work our attorneys put in at the beginning of every case we accept means we are prepared to win.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
Cases involving criminal charges brought against a defendant by the federal government are handled by the federal criminal courts and these cases require legal representation by an attorney who is licensed to practice in federal court. At Federal Criminal Defense Pro, we represent clients throughout the United States who need a strong defense against federal criminal charges ranging from fraud offenses to drug manufacturing or murder charges, and we know how important it is that our clients have the highest-quality legal representation. By choosing Federal Criminal Defense Pro and allowing our seasoned legal team to get to work on your defense early on in your case, you can significantly improve your chances of putting forth a winning defense and beating the charges. Contact our firm to schedule a no-cost consultation with a knowledgeable federal criminal defense attorney today.