Federal Crimes

Los Angeles Federal Crimes Defense Attorney

Federal Criminal Defense Firm Defending Clients in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, and San Bernardino Counties in California

It is important to know before choosing a Los Angeles federal crimes attorney that federal criminal law is a complex and specialized practice area; achieving the desired outcome may hinge on your choice of lawyer. At The Justice Firm, our intense knowledge and skill in criminal cases involving white collar crimes, money laundering, drug smuggling, and other serious federal offenses make us an outstanding choice for legal guidance and representation.

Federal crimes are generally punished more harshly than those prosecuted at the state level. Federal criminal law and state criminal law differ in that certain activities or offenses have been determined to be crimes against the U.S. by Congress, rather than crimes committed against an individual state. Federal prosecutors are highly aggressive in their efforts to obtain a conviction; you must have a capable, tough lawyer on your side who will not back down and is not intimidated by federal authorities.

Federal Crimes in Los Angeles

Some of the most common federal criminal offenses include:

  • Income tax evasion
  • Money laundering
  • Drug trafficking
  • Counterfeiting
  • Bank fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Medi-Cal and Medicare health care fraud
  • Extortion
  • Bank Robbery
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Antitrust violations
  • Federal property crimes
  • Child pornography
  • Criminal enterprise
  • Immigration law violations

The federal court system operates differently from those at the state level; the penalties, rules, and procedures are separate and distinct, requiring the support of a skilled defense lawyer. Whether you are under investigation or have been arrested/charged with a federal crime, it is critical to choose an attorney who is capable and thoroughly knowledgeable in the complexities of federal law.

Penalties - Federal Sentencing Guidelines

It is widely known across the U.S. that federal penalties are generally more serious than those at the state level. If convicted of a federal crime, the consequences can be devastating, negatively impacting your career, reputation, even taking away your freedom. At The Justice Firm, our Los Angeles federal crimes defense firm understands the "inflexibility" of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. In other words, judicial discretion is severely limited; even when mitigating factors exist, it is difficult for judges to impose a lesser sentence than what is advised in the guidelines. Even though the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are no longer mandatory and rather advisory, judges must consider them at sentencing - and most are reluctant to depart from the guidelines.

When convicted of a federal crime, penalties will depend on a number of factors including past criminal history and the severity of the offense. The Guidelines categorize criminal history in categories ranging from one to six, category one being for defendants with little/no criminal history, and category six for defendants with an extensive criminal history. Defendant's with an extensive or long criminal history will likely face a lengthier prison sentence than a defendant with little or no criminal history.

Contact The Justice Firm Immediately for Unsurpassed Criminal Defense

Our Los Angeles federal crimes defense lawyers are focused on one thing: obtaining the best possible results for each client we represent. We understand that criminal offenses prosecuted at the federal level are extremely serious, and leave those convicted facing life-changing consequences. Regardless of the seriousness of the charge against you, we are dedicated to doing whatever necessary to reach your desired outcome. Take action now to protect your legal rights and freedom! Contact The Justice Firm immediately for a free consultation at (310)914-2444.