Federal Attorney Fort Lauderdale
Representation for Federal Offenses in Florida
Being charged with a federal crime is serious. Agents thoroughly investigate alleged offenses, and a U.S. Attorney will be aggressive in their fight to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If you're convicted, the course of your life can be substantially altered. A federal judge could sentence you to years in prison, and some crimes have lengthy minimum terms of incarceration. Additionally, you may be ordered to pay a hefty fine, which could range from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. One of the most effective ways to fight your federal charge is with the help of an attorney who has an in-depth understanding of the legal system.
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Fort Lauderdale lawyers have over 40 years of combined experience and have represented clients accused of federal crimes. We understand what's at stake, and we use our knowledge, skills, and resources to seek the best possible outcomes. Additionally, we are former prosecutors, which means we have experience building cases on behalf of the government. Understanding how the other side thinks and prepares, we can develop a defense that anticipates and is built to counter the prosecution's arguments. When you turn to us, you can be confident that you will have a competent advocate standing beside you, ready to protect your rights and freedoms.
What Is a Federal Crime?
In the U.S., there are state laws, and there are federal ones. State laws are those created by state legislatures, enforced by local law enforcement agencies, and violators are prosecuted by district attorneys. Federal laws are developed by congress, enforced by federal agencies (such as the FBI or DEA), and violators prosecuted by U.S. Attorneys.
Whether the state or federal government has jurisdiction over conduct that violates a law essentially depends on where the offense occurred. A state crime is one that happens within the state's borders.
In contrast, a federal crime occurs:
- When the offense happens on federal land or property, such as a national park;
- When the conduct crosses state lines, such as an internet crime that affects people in several states
- When the defendant crosses state lines, such as their transporting drugs from Florida to Georgia; or
- When the conduct violates immigration laws
In some cases, an offense can be prosecuted as both a state and a federal crime.
What Are Common Types of Federal Crimes?
Title 18 of the United States Code enumerates several types of conduct that violate federal laws.
Common federal crimes include:
- Immigration offenses, such as improper entry into the U.S.
- Drug crimes, such as manufacturing or distributing controlled substances
- Weapons offenses, such as unlawfully transporting ammunition, guns, or explosives
- Economic crimes, such as fraud or embezzlement
- Tax crimes, such as willfully providing false statements on returns to evade tax obligations
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our aggressive attorneys have defended individuals throughout Fort Lauderdale who were facing serious charges. No matter how complex you feel your case is, we can deliver the legal representation you need.
What Are the Punishments for a Federal Conviction?
Often, the penalties for a federal conviction are more severe than those for a state conviction, which is why it's crucial to hire a lawyer who knows the rules that apply in federal court.
The exact punishments that may be imposed depend on the nature of the incident. For instance, if a person commits health care fraud – knowingly and willfully deceiving a health care program to unlawfully obtain benefits – they could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. Kidnapping – unlawfully holding a person for compensation or reward – can be punished by any term of imprisonment or life.
Obtain Legal Help as Soon as Possible
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., we recognize that a federal charge and conviction can have long-term impacts on you and your family. That is why we will provide the defense you need throughout your case. We will look out for your best interests as we seek a favorable result on your behalf.
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