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As criminal defense attorneys, we understand just how devastating it can be to learn you are facing federal criminal charges. If you are convicted of a federal crime, long-term prison sentences and hefty fines are real possibilities you may face. Not only will your professional and personal reputation suffer, but having a federal conviction on your record can make it difficult to secure housing or find a job after your release.
When facing criminal charges, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is the best way to reduce or even remove the penalties you may be facing. Our team at Flanary Law Firm, PLLC, has represented clients in a wide variety of cases, leaving us with the experience we need to navigate the federal court system. We will assess your case from all angles, looking for the best way to develop a comprehensive legal strategy and get you the results you deserve. If you are facing federal criminal charges, don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact our law office today by calling 210-879-8621 for a free consultation.
What Are Federal Offenses?
Federal crimes are any criminal acts that have been made illegal by U.S. federal legislation. In most cases, federal charges are more severe than state charges and carry harsher penalties for a conviction.
Below are some of the federal cases that our team has experience with:
While not all white-collar crimes are federal offenses, many of them are. Mail fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, and insider trading are just some of the charges you may face in a white-collar federal case. Our team can help you defend yourself against white-collar charges to avoid jail time and fines.
Serious drug offenses, like trafficking and cultivation, are often charged at the federal level. In many cases, they are investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Bringing someone into the U.S. or attempting to bring them into the U.S. can be a federal human smuggling charge. Similarly, aiding and abetting smuggling or even committing conspiracy to smuggle can also be charged at the federal level.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigates securities fraud committed by individuals, investors, and entities. This can include stock embezzlement, insider trading, misleading investors, and accountant negligence.
Healthcare fraud is any attempt to defraud a healthcare program, including Medicaid, Medicare, and private health insurance companies. Even simple mistakes or seemingly innocuous actions, like prescribing unnecessary medication or accepting referral kickbacks, can lead to federal charges.
Possessing or accessing child pornography is illegal under federal law. Aggravating factors like having multiple images, having video files, or having images of abuse or exploitation can lead to severe consequences, including life in prison.
What Are the Potential Penalties for Federal Convictions?
The exact penalties you may face depend on the nature of your charges and your previous criminal record. However, many federal convictions carry serious penalties. Most federal judges in Texas follow the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which are a set of mathematical rules that allow the U.S. Probation Office to recommend a sentence for a conviction. Our team can challenge and object to the recommendation before the sentencing hearing to protect your freedom. In some instances, our team can negotiate for probation in the place of decades spent in prison.
Having a conviction on your record can also impact your life in other ways. Many convicted criminals find it difficult to get a job, facing discrimination from employers and hiring managers. Similarly, landlords and property managers often hesitate to rent to convicted criminals, meaning you could find it hard to secure housing. Some government benefits are also off-limits to those with criminal records, and after certain felony convictions, you may be unable to own or operate a firearm. If you are facing federal criminal charges, reach out to our team today to avoid these harsh penalties.
Should I Talk to Federal Agents About My Case?
If you are under investigation, there is a chance that federal agents may show up at your workplace or your home to get information from you. Unfortunately, they are doing this to bring evidence back to the prosecutor to determine if they can charge you with a crime. Even if you are innocent, talking to FBI or DEA agents without an attorney is never advisable. Anything you say to them can be used against you in court, and it’s possible they are gleaning information from the conversation that you are not privy to. If you have been contacted by investigators, contact our team today.
When Should I Hire a Federal Defense Lawyer?
Ideally, you should hire a federal defense lawyer the moment you learn that there is an investigation into your actions or the actions of your business. Barring that, you should hire a defense attorney after you are charged with a federal crime. The sooner you hire an attorney on our team, the sooner we can begin building a defense case to protect your rights in court.
What Can a Defense Lawyer Do for Me?
When facing federal charges, your freedom and your reputation are on the line. You could be facing years in prison, excessive fines, and a blow to your professional reputation. As your defense attorneys, our team will use our experience and our knowledge of the legal system to get you the outcome you deserve. Please don’t feel like you must navigate this challenging situation all on your own. Contact Flanary Law Firm, PLLC today for a free consultation by calling 210-879-8621