Federal Crimes A New Approach to Legal representation

Federal Defense Lawyer in Birmingham

Defending Against Federal Charges in Shelby & Jefferson Counties, AL

Federal charges often carry more severe penalties than state charges due to the broader scope and higher impact of the crimes involved. These crimes typically involve violations of federal laws, multi-state or international activities, or offenses committed on federal property. 

Extensive government resources are used in federal prosecutions, and the penalties are typically based on federal sentencing guidelines. Thus, penalties are more stringent. If you are convicted of a federal crime, you often face longer prison terms and higher fines.

Those convicted also face more severe consequences affecting their future, such as potential loss of employment opportunities, professional licenses, and voting and gun rights. Furthermore, noncitizens may lose their immigration status and be subject to deportation upon a federal conviction.

The best way to fight back, protect your rights, and pursue optimum results is with the representation of a committed and competent federal defense lawyer. At Elizabeth Hunter, you can partner with a diligent and trusted Birmingham federal crimes attorney. Attorney Hunter understands what it takes to navigate the federal court system and aggressively fight for you against tough federal prosecutors. Her priority is to advance your best interests at every stage of the legal process, from initial investigation to arrest and beyond. 

Phone (205) 900-3815 or contact Elizabeth Hunter online to schedule a free case review with our Birmingham federal crimes attorney today. 

What Are Federal Charges?

Federal charges are criminal accusations that fall under the jurisdiction of federal law rather than state law. These charges are prosecuted by federal agencies and litigated in federal courts. 

Federal crimes can include a diverse range of offenses, from white-collar crimes like fraud and embezzlement to violent crimes and expansive drug trafficking operations. Because federal crimes often involve more complex legal issues and broader implications, legal representation requires an understanding of federal law, court procedures, federal rules of evidence, and sentencing guidelines.

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Common Federal Crimes & Potential Charges

  • Bank fraud: Up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $1,000,000.
  • Mail and wire fraud: Up to 20 years in prison, with enhanced penalties if the offense affects a financial institution or involves a federal disaster.
  • Drug trafficking: Mandatory minimum sentences varying from five to 10 years, with potential life imprisonment, depending on the drug type and quantity.
  • Identity theft: Up to 15 years in prison, with potential for additional sentences under aggravated identity theft statutes.
  • Tax evasion: Up to five years in prison and fines up to $250,000.
  • Child pornography: Mandatory minimum sentences of five to 15 years, with potential life imprisonment.
  • Terrorism: Life imprisonment or the death penalty, depending on the severity and impact of the crime.
  • RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) violations: These involve organized crime activity with up to 20 years in prison per racketeering count, with enhanced penalties for specific underlying crimes.

These are only a few potential federal crimes; these offenses number in the thousands. 

Federal Investigations by Various Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

Federal agencies, backed by significant resources and authority, conduct thorough investigations into potential federal crimes. These investigations are conducted by agencies such as the FBI, DEA, IRS, and Homeland Security. 

The government entities possess specialized expertise and vast resources that enable them to tackle complex and high-stakes crimes that often cross state lines and, in some cases, involve international elements. Meticulous and lengthy federal agency investigations are conducted to uncover even the most sophisticated and well-organized criminal enterprises.

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