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While most criminal cases are tried in state court, federal law has criminalized a wide variety of conduct, and federal charges are increasingly being brought against Floridians. Federal crimes are typically considered to be much more serious than state crimes, which is why their penalties for a conviction are so severe. If you are convicted of a federal crime, such as certain drug or fraud crimes, you could face tens of thousands of dollars in fines, decades in prison, the loss of your right to own a firearm, and more.
At Law Office of Armando J. Hernandez, P.A., our federal crimes attorney in Miami has over 19 years of experience in this complex area of law. As a result, he has an in-depth understanding of criminal law in addition to a lengthy track record of success. Our attorney is a former prosecutor who thoroughly understands how the other side of the aisle thinks, as well as how they will likely approach your case. You can trust us to provide you with the effective advocacy you deserve.
About Federal Crimes
A federal crime is defined as an act which the U.S. federal government has made illegal. While criminal charges are divided into misdemeanors and felonies, they can also be divided into state and federal charges. The truth is that most crimes – from DUI and simple drug possession to sexual assault and murder – fall within state jurisdiction, which means state prosecutors will bring charges in state court. However, if there is national interest at stake when a crime is committed, then the federal government will handle the case. Additionally, If you are convicted in federal court for a particular crime, federal penalties are harsher than state penalties for similar offenses. For example, federal drug crimes are punishable by mandatory minimum prison sentences in federal prison.
The following types of crimes will be handled in federal court:
- Crime on federal property – From committing murder on a military base or stealing from a federal bank will result in the federal authorities coming after you.
- Crime involving more than one state – If a fraud scheme spans multiple states, resulting in victims in more than one state, then the federal government has jurisdiction over the case.
- Defendant crosses state lines – Let’s say you were accused of drug distribution by transporting a controlled substance from one state to another. Since you crossed state lines, the federal authorities will be involved.
- Crimes of national interest – Common examples include customs and immigration violations, such as international sex trafficking or importing child pornography.
If you have been charged with a federal crime, you can be sure that the federal government is going to throw its full weight and resources at you. The U.S. Government takes federal crimes extremely seriously, and you can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This is why it is imperative to retain experienced representation as soon as possible if you believe you are under investigation, or if you have already been arrested or charged.
A number of federal agencies have been given authority to investigate federal crimes, including the:
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Secret Service
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At Law Office of Armando J. Hernandez, P.A., our Miami federal crimes attorney can defend clients against a wide variety of federal criminal offenses. From wire fraud to drug offenses to weapons charges and more, we can handle them all. Our legal team can sit down with you in your complimentary case evaluation and help you determine your next best steps. You can rely on our firm to provide you with well-informed advice and relentless representation.
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