Charged or Being Investigated for a Federal Crime?
As a criminal defense law firm in Miami, a significant portion of our practice is dedicated to the representation of clients who are either under federal investigation or have been charged with committing a federal crime. Over the years, we have represented a wide range of clients facing federal prosecution including attorneys, bankers, executives, and business owners. Because the penalties in federal court can oftentimes be more severe than crimes charged in state court, it is critical that your hire a Miami federal criminal defense attorney with the necessary experience and skills to properly defend you.
Important Differences between Federal and State Cases
Federal criminal law and procedure differ from Florida’s state court system. First, the U.S. Attorney (not the State Attorney) prosecutes federal crimes. These crimes are investigated by any of the federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), the Secret Service, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, and others. Additionally, if convicted, a defendant will be sentenced pursuant to the federal sentencing guidelines and put in the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (not the state Department of Corrections).
Another distinguishing factor of federal criminal investigations and prosecutions are the number of resources devoted to a particular case in comparison to a case in the state court system. The state court system handles all arrests by municipal and county police departments. A domestic violence case or petit theft case, for example, is prosecuted in state court. Federal judges have far fewer criminal cases on their dockets compared to their counterparts in state court. The caseloads of federal prosecutors also pale in comparison to the volume of cases that state prosecutors are forced to handle with limited resources.
Perhaps the most important distinction relates to sentencing. A defendant who is convicted in Federal court often faces mandatory minimum penalties and the federal sentencing guidelines often result in long prison sentences. That is why it is so important that the lawyer you retain has significant experience in federal criminal cases.
Examples of Federal Crimes Cases Our Firm Handles
The majority of clients contacting us seeking representation, are either under investigation or have been arrested for the following types of offenses:
- False Statement
- Obstruction of Justice
- Alien Smuggling
- Immigration Offenses
- Drug Trafficking
- Money Laundering
- Child Pornography
- Health Care Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
- Mail & Wire Fraud
- Tax Crimes
- Firearms Offenses
- Arms Smuggling
- Forgery and Counterfeiting Offenses
- Benefits Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Employee Theft
- Computer Offenses
Our firm has years of experience defending clients in federal criminal cases at the trial level, as well as experience representing clients in federal appellate courts. Mr. Edelstein is an experienced Miami federal criminal lawyer and has been a member of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida since 1996 and became a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in 1997. He is also a member of United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, which includes the cities of Ft. Myers, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Ocala.
Contact an Experienced Miami Federal Criminal Lawyer
In contrast to state criminal cases, most federal cases begin with a federal agent contacting the defendant to conduct a voluntary interview. Unfortunately, either through fear or ignorance, most defendants proceed to speak with the agent without consulting with an attorney. This is almost always a mistake. If you or someone you love has been approached by a federal agent, it is critical for you to consult with an Experienced Miami federal criminal lawyer. CALL US NOW for a CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION at , or simply take a moment to fill out our confidential and secure intake form. The additional details you provide will greatly assist us in responding to your inquiry.
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