Federal Criminal Law

Chicago Federal Crimes Attorney

Any crime which violates a United States federal law may be considered a federal crime. Federal crimes can be investigated by a variety of federal agencies such as

  • The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation;
  • The IRS (Internal Revenue Service);
  • The ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), and
  • The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency).

Federal investigations typically take months prior to formal charges being filed. Once federal charges are actually filed, it can be difficult for even the most experienced attorney to “catch up” to the months or years of federal investigation. Because of this, those who are contacted by federal investigators should take immediate action by contacting a Chicago federal crimes attorney.

Even if it is not entirely clear whether you are being contacted as a suspect or a witness, don’t wait, hoping it is the latter. In many cases, early intervention by an experienced attorney can actually prevent an indictment. Because federal resources for such investigations can be virtually unlimited, having an skilled advocate on the case is crucial to your future.

Types of Crimes a Federal Crimes Attorney Can Handle

There are any number of federal crimes which we defend against. They include:

  • Healthcare fraud                               Hacking allegations
  • Forgery                                               Bank fraud
  • Identity theft                                      Insider trading
  • Bank, bankruptcy or wire fraud      Conspiracy charges
  • Mail fraud                                          Extortion
  • Money laundering                            Tax evasion
  • RICO                                                   Espionage
  • Arson                                                 Child pornography
  • Drug trafficking crimes                   Bank robbery
  • Federal gun offenses                      Counterfeiting charges

The vast majority of criminal prosecutions are for violations of state laws, and are prosecuted in a state court. Crimes such as rape, burglary, robbery, theft, arson and murder are examples of criminal violations of state laws. There are federal criminal laws, passed by Congress which are, in theory, tied to a federal or national issue (federal tax fraud, any crime committed on federal property or interstate contraband trafficking, as examples). Some crimes can be prosecuted under federal or state law—or both. Some instances in which the federal government has jurisdiction over a criminal act include:

  • Criminal acts in which a defendant physically crosses state lines, when the conduct crosses state lines such as in illegal Internet crimes;
  • Any criminal act occurring on federal land or involving federal officers;
  • Violations of immigration such as international human trafficking, and
  • Customs violations such as importing child pornography.

Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Because of the potentially harsh penalties associated with a conviction for a federal crime, it is particularly important that you have an attorney who has a comprehensive knowledge of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Familiarity with the federal court system as well as an understanding of what can be asked for on behalf of his or her client is crucial to a more positive outcome.
Federal Sentencing Guidelines, found under 18 U.S. Code §3553, are intended to provide federal judges with consistent sentencing ranges, based on how serious the crime was as well as the individual offender’s criminal history and characteristics. Any federal judge who chooses to deviate from the Federal Sentencing Guidelines must be able to explain that choice.

Other Issues Associated with a Federal Crime
Offenders charged with a federal crime have the right to an impartial jury, and this is an issue you will want to discuss with your attorney. As your attorney knows, a jury can often make or break a case. Jurors can have a wide array of life experiences, however, in some instances a particular group could over or under-represented in a jury pool, offering a potential challenge. Another issue to discuss with your attorney is your criminal detention hearing.
If you have been charged with a drug crime carrying a potential sentence of years, any offense which has a potential sentence of life in prison or death, any offense which involved a violent crime, or if the U.S. state attorney feels there is a flight risk, detention may be requested. A detention request must be made at your initial appearance, then a hearing will be held 3-5 days later. There are four factors a federal judge will look at when determining whether you will be released while your case is pending, including:

  • The evidence against you;
  • The nature and circumstances of the alleged offense;
  • Your criminal history, character, employment, financial resources, physical and mental condition, length of time you have resided in the community, family ties, history of drug or alcohol abuse and record of appearance at court proceedings, and
  • The potential for danger to any person or the community if you were released.

Call Lewis Myers Jr. Federal Crimes Attorney Today

If you have been charged with a federal crime, or you suspect you may be charged with a federal crime, time is of the essence. Federal criminal charges can be the most serious in the United States, and you need a Chicago federal crimes attorney who is capable of dealing with such aggressive opponents. Lewis Myers Jr. will ensure all constitutional requirements were fully met if there was a search of your property.

In the case of white-collar federal crimes, we may be able to obtain a pre-indictment settlement which allows you to pay restitution and potentially avoid incarceration. Experience is key in federal criminal cases as well as an attorney who understands your future is at stake. With highly individualized attention to your case, you can count on aggressive legal representation and tireless attention to your rights and your freedom.