Were you accused of a federal crime? Has a federal investigator contacted you for any reason? If a crime was committed on federal property or in violation of federal laws and legislation, you could be found guilty of a federal offense. Federal charges are very serious and should not be taken lightly.
These crimes are investigated at a federal level, not a state level and agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service or the Drug Enforcement Administration or Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau may all take interest in your case. Even if you have not yet been contacted, but have strong belief that you will soon be under investigation for a federal crime, it is important that you retain a strong legal defense.
Federal laws, unlike state laws, are the same across all state lines. Although, depending on the county in which you are being tried, state laws may be charged against you as well. Federal crimes can include tax evasion, certain white collar crimes, drug smuggling, certain gang offenses, immigration crimes, major thefts and mail fraud. Possession of certain types of illegal firearms and weapons as described under the National Firearms Act Title 26 of the United States Code could be criminalized.
Penalties for Federal Offenses
A number of federal offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences. In other words, federal law dictates the minimum sentence that a person must face. Most minimum sentencing standards are incredibly harsher than at a state level and the federal regulations often take away the ability of a judge to consider individual circumstances in the case.
If you are under investigation or have been arrested for a federal criminal offense, it is imperative that you retain the legal counsel of a top criminal defense lawyer. At the Law Office of Nicolai Cocis, we can aggressively defend your rights and freedom by bring more than 25 years of knowledge of local and federal laws.
Call my office immediately to schedule a free consultation directly with me. Our office represents individuals who are facing federal criminal charges in Riverside, San Diego or Los Angeles.
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