Federal crimes can be considered any number of crimes, ranging from white collar offenses to terrorism. Some of these crimes are outlined in the United States Code Title 18 and can include tax evasion, mail fraud, possession of illegal weapons and crimes committed while at sea. Other federal crimes may include various online identity theft, hate crimes and kidnapping. All crimes that are committed on federal property or land, such as military bases or Indian reservations may also be investigated and charged as a federal offense. If you believe that you are under investigation or have already been placed into custody, you should work quickly to retain defense. Being convicted of a federal crime can lead to years of incarceration and other severe consequences. If you or a family member has been charged with a federal offense, the need for strong defense representation is urgent.
Federal criminal charges are unlike other kinds of charges. Federal cases differ from state or local criminal matters in several ways:
- They are handled by federal government agents and federal prosecutors.
- They are heard in separate courts by federal judges.
- You may be subject to strict sentencing guidelines or "mandatory" minimum sentences, such as time in federal prison, if you are convicted of a federal crime.
Some crimes break both Virginia's state laws and federal laws. Every case is different, but any serious criminal charge calls for a strong, strategic defense to protect your rights and your freedom.
If you have been charged with a white collar or financial crime, a drug crime or another serious federal offense, get help from an attorney with trial experience in federal court as soon as possible. A criminal defense lawyer at Toback and Associates, can represent you aggressively if you or a family member faces charges related to:
- Federal drug crimes like trafficking
- Fraud such as mail fraud, wire fraud or credit card fraud
- Embezzlement, counterfeiting or forgery
- Federal weapons crimes
- Crimes against a federal employee
- Child pornography and Internet crimes