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Federal Crime Lawyer Miami, FL

Protecting the Rights of Those Accused of Federal Offenses

Federal law enforcement agents spend a considerable amount of time investigating those who have allegedly committed a federal crime. This means that by the time you know that you're a suspect or are officially charged, the government has already built a case against you. If a U.S. Attorney proves beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty, you could be facing years to decades in prison (and in severe cases a lifetime sentence) and thousands of dollars to millions of dollars in fines. Your whole future is at stake in these matters, which is why it is beyond crucial that you contact a federal crimes lawyer in Miami, FL immediately.

At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Miami federal crimes attorneys are well aware of the seriousness of these cases. That is why when we are hired to defend against federal charges, we get to work right away. We will spend a significant amount of time gathering and analyzing evidence, speaking with witnesses, and collecting other information pertinent to the case. Our Miami federal crimes lawyers consist of former prosecutors who know how to spot weaknesses in arguments. We will use this insight and our in-depth knowledge of the federal judicial process to build a comprehensive and aggressive defense for you.

Have you been charged with a federal crime? Contact us at (305) 330-1360 for a free consultation with our Miami federal crime attorneys.

What Constitutes a Federal Crime?

One of the main differences between state and federal crimes is where the offense occurs. A state crime is one that happens within the state's borders. Generally, a person may be accused of committing a federal crime if they engage in prohibited behavior that crosses state lines or country borders. For instance, if a person abducts someone and transports them from Florida to Georgia, they may be prosecuted under the federal kidnapping law, 18 U.S.C. § 1201. In contrast, had the offense been committed only within Florida, it would have been pursued as a state crime under Florida Statutes § 787.01.

A federal crime occurs when:

  • An offense happens on federal land.

  • Conduct crosses state lines, or an offense affects people in multiple states.

  • The defendant crosses state lines.

  • The conduct violates immigration laws.

  • In some cases, an offense can be pursued as both a state and a federal crime.

Types of Federal Charges We Fight

The United States Code enumerates various types of prohibited conduct. Federal crimes range from embezzlement and theft to homicide. Regardless of the charge, it is vital for anyone accused of violating federal law to retain competent legal representation. Navigating the federal judicial system is complex and can be challenging to do without the help of a skilled and experienced Miami federal crimes attorney.

At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Miami federal crimes lawyers provide aggressive defense for a range of federal offenses, including, but not limited to:

  • Arson: Under 18 U.S.C. § 81, it’s unlawful for any person in special maritime and territorial jurisdiction to knowingly set fire to certain buildings, structures, materials, or supplies. 18 U.S.C. § 842 makes it illegal for any person to unlawfully manufacture, import, distribute, or store explosive devices.
  • Child Pornography: Federal laws (18 U.S.C. §§ 2251, 2252, and 2252A) prohibit knowingly transporting, receiving, distributing, possessing, or creating an image depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
  • Counterfeiting: Chapter 25 of Title 18 of the United States Code lists various counterfeiting-related offenses. These include using, dealing in, selling, or possessing counterfeit obligations, securities, tools, and other materials.
  • Drug Trafficking: Any person who creates, manufactures, distributes, or dispenses a controlled or counterfeit substance may be prosecuted under 21 U.S.C. § 841.
  • Espionage: This offense involves taking any document or information concerned with the defense of the U.S. and/or providing it to another entity for the purpose of harming this country. Prohibited acts are enumerated in Chapter 37 of Title 18 of the United States Code.
  • Federal DUI: A person may be charged with a Federal DUI if they operate a motor vehicle on federal property and they are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol or have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
  • Human Trafficking: Several federal laws prohibit procuring, enticing, or forcing others for involuntary servitude or to perform commercial sex acts (18 U.S.C. §§ 1581, 1584, 1589, 1590, 1591, 1592).
  • Kidnapping: 18 U.S.C. § 1201 makes it unlawful for any person to abduct another, transport them across state lines, and hold them for ransom.
  • Mortgage Fraud: This offense involves the use of deception to obtain a loan or real property. The federal government does not have a law specifically concerning mortgage fraud, but such conduct can be pursued under other statutes, such as mail or wire fraud, bank fraud, false statements to a financial institution.
  • Tax Fraud: Tax fraud involves knowingly and willfully evading tax obligations, failing to pay taxes, making false statements on tax returns, and other tax-related offenses.
  • Terrorism: This offense involves engaging in violent acts to intimidate others, influence government policy, or affect government conduct (Chapter 113B of Title 18 of the United States Code).

If you are under investigation for or have been charged with a federal offense, our Miami federal crimes attorneys have the skills, experience, and resources to challenge the accusation against you.

Federal Crime Punishment

Suppose you're convicted of a federal offense. In that case, the course of your life can be substantially altered with penalties, including lengthy prison time and fines that can range from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. Also, if aggravating factors are present, the punishments may be enhanced. The conviction penalties for federal crimes are harsh and vary depending on the nature of the offense.

A few examples of federal offenses and penalties include:

  • Willfully failing to file a tax return:
    • Up to 1 year of imprisonment and/or
    • Up to $25,000 in fines
  • Trafficking less than 50 kilograms of marijuana:
    • Up to 5 years in prison and/or
    • Up to $250,000 in fines
  • Drug trafficking:
    • 5 - 40 years in prison
    • Up to $10,000 - $5,000,000 in fines.
  • Accessing child pornography:
    • Up to 10 years in prison and/or
    • A fine
  • Using counterfeit materials:
    • Up to 20 years in prison and/or
    • A fine
  • Arson:
    • Up to 25 years in prison and/or
    • A fine
  • Sex trafficking by force or coercion:
    • Between 15 years to life in prison and/or
    • A fine
  • Kidnapping:
    • Up to life in prison
  • Healthcare fraud:
    • 10 - 20 years in prison
    • Potential fines depending on the case
  • Identity theft:

    • Can be up to 30 years in prison

  • Mail or Wire Fraud:

    • Potentially up to 20 years in prison

  • Money Laundering:

    • Up to 20 years in prison

    • Up to $500,000 in fines

  • Tax evasion:

    • Up to 5 years in prison and/or

    • $500,000 in fines

Fighting Federal Crimes Charges in Miami

At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Miami federal crime attorneys know that your whole life can be affected by a federal criminal charge and conviction. That is why we will provide personalized attention and aggressive defense throughout the process. When you turn to us, your case will be in competent hands.

Our Miami federal crimes lawyers are ready to look out for your best interests and seek a favorable result on your behalf. For a free case evaluation, call us at (305) 330-1360 or submit an online contact form.

Case Results

  • Aggravated Battery Case Dismissed
  • Aggravated Battery Case Dismissed
  • Aggravated Battery and Domestic Violence Injunction Case and Injunction Dismissed
  • Aggravated Battery and Armed Burglary with Battery Case Dropped
  • Armed Robbery with Firearm Case Dismissed
  • Domestic Battery Case Dismissed
  • Domestic Battery Expunged
  • Controlled Substance Case Dropped
  • Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Intoxication Case Dismissed
  • Disorderly Conduct Case Dismissed and Expunged off Record

Experience Is on Your Side

No matter where you are in the criminal process, involving a lawyer can help ensure that your Constitutional rights are well-protected. We are criminal attorneys with over four decades of experience, dedicated to the aggressive representation of our clients inside and outside the criminal courtroom. We are familiar with the local courts, judges, prosecuting attorneys and court personnel and can use this experience to your benefit.

We have a reputation for winning difficult cases, using seasoned and hard-hitting defense against any criminal charge.

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