Federal Crimes | Miami Criminal Lawyers
Federal crimes are serious offenses that occur when an individual either violates federal law and/or commits a crime on federal property. Federal crimes are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office rather than the State Attorney’s Office. Federal crimes are investigated by federal law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) or Secret Service. Federal criminal accusations consume a large amount of time and consist of more thorough and complete investigations specifically because federal law enforcement agencies have vast and almost, unlimited resources. If you are successfully convicted, federal sentencing guidelines will apply. Federal sentencing guidelines are typically harsher than any state sentencing guidelines.
Most Common Federal Charges:
- Asset Forfeiture
- Child Pornography
- Conspiracy Cases
- Drug Trafficking
- Financial Crimes
- International Extradition
- International Crimes
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Medicare Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
Defending Federal Criminal Cases in Miami
Early preparation is key to defending any federal charges. Our federal criminal attorneys are former prosecutors with a track record of successfully defending clients charged in federal court. Defending federal cases in Miami requires firsthand experience to know which path to take on a case, skillful negotiation with the United States Attorney’s Office for the best plea deal possible or aggressive defense and trial preparation. Our defense lawyers have achieved incredible results on cases which seemed hopeless to outside parties. Part of that is due to experience and the other part is knowing when to trust in your client even when the cards seem stacked against them. Our Miami federal criminal defense team has scored victories in difficult cases where law enforcement officers lied, evidence against our client was fabricated, and stubborn prosecutors refused to budge on plea offers with long prison sentences.
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Conspiracy charges are broad criminal laws that criminalize many forms of conduct. A conspiracy to commit a federal crime takes place whenever two or more people agree to commit a specific federal crime and at least one of the people makes some overt act in order to further the conspiracy. Conspiracy charges are typically added on to drug trafficking crimes, fraud crimes, and financial crimes.
Drug crimes investigated by federal agencies are typically for large amounts of drugs and typically result in charges being filed in federal court. Our federal defense attorneys have successfully defended clients charged with drug trafficking in federal court for allegations of attempting to traffick over 100+ kilos of controlled substances.
Financial crimes are often complicated for prosecutors due to the difficulty in distinguishing between legal and illegal profits. If you have been charged with a financial crime, contact a criminal defense lawyer early on to limit your potential exposure. Facts unknown to the prosecution may clear up questions about the legality of your finances and result in a dismissal or reduction of the charges.
Fraud allegations are rampant in South Florida, which include Medicare, credit card, and mortgage fraud. Oftentimes prosecutors file charges against innocent parties who are unaware of fraud crimes committed by their employers or friends and family. Our federal defense attorneys are experienced in dealing with fraud allegations and are ready and willing to meet with you immediately.
Federal Crimes Penalties
Federal cases are usually more serious than cases filed in state court because federal crimes usually come with longer prison sentences if convicted. Federal law enforcement agencies also have more resources to devote to cases than state law enforcement agencies. Because the stakes are higher, federal cases deserve more attention and resources. Federal penalties are regulated by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and overseen by the United States Sentencing Commission.
Certain federal crimes face long minimum mandatory sentences. Those charged with crimes involving drug trafficking, firearms, immigration, identity theft, sex offenses, child pornography, weapons and explosives, fraud, piracy, and violent crimes face potential minimum mandatory sentences. If you are facing a minimum mandatory sentence you still have options. Call our office to discuss a potential minimum mandatory sentence.
Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with a federal crime in Miami or Miami-Dade County, immediately call the offices of Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. to schedule your free consultation, (305) 615-1285. Don’t take an unnecessary change with your personal freedom. Our federal criminal defense attorneys are former prosecutors with firsthand experience fighting charges in federal court in Miami. We want to fight for you. We offer free consultations for federal cases and guarantee absolute confidentiality.