Federal crime in the United States

By Criminal Defense Attorney Vincent Rivera

Criminal charges of any kind raise concerns about your future. When those charges escalate into an investigation conducted by a federal agency and, ultimately, an accusation of federal offense, you may panic.

If you’ve been charged with a federal crime, you probably have numerous questions about the forthcoming government proceedings and your options for legal representation.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a federal crime, get in touch with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney like Vincent Rivera, who has been practicing law in Olathe, Kansas and Johnson County for years.

Most crimes committed in Kansas are prosecuted under state law in a Kansas state court.

Criminal cases involving only federal laws, however, typically must be tried only in federal court by an assistant US Attorney.

Some crimes can be prosecuted in a state or federal court, depending on the nature of the charge.

As lawmakers pass ever-increasing amounts of federal legislation, the federal criminal justice system continues to impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of American citizens who have been charged and convicted under federal criminal laws.

If you have been charged with a federal crime do not hesitate to contact Vincent Rivera at 913-210-0844 for a free consultation now.

Any federal criminal charge is a serious matter, but a federal drug crime is often a high-level felony offense, which may result in a significant term of imprisonment. Many federal drug crimes carry mandatory prison sentences.

Vincent Rivera defends clients against all federal drug charges in Kansas including:

  • Drug trafficking (trafficking of narcotics and other controlled substances)
  • Drug smuggling
  • Drug conspiracy charges
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Drug distribution
  • Drug importation or exportation

Federal Drug Crime Defense Strategy

Federal drug crimes are some of the most common federal charges in Kansas. With I70 running east to west and I-35 north to south drug trafficking is one of the more common federal crimes in Kansas. If you passed state lines while carrying drugs, you may also have triggered a federal charge. Transportation, sale, distribution or manufacture of large quantities of drugs are common federal drug charges.

As with any other drug charge, there are a number of defenses and effective defense strategies that may be utilized in a federal drug case, including:
Use of pretrial motions to seek the suppression of evidence obtained as a result of an illegal search
and seizure.

Use of pretrial motions to seek the suppression of evidence obtained as a result of a search
performed pursuant to a search warrant that was not supported by probable cause.

Fighting charges at trial if the prosecution does not have sufficient evidence to prove all necessary
elements of a drug crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

Negotiation of a favorable plea agreement that minimizes a defendant’s exposure to potentially harsh
penalties normally associated with the conviction of a federal drug charge.

Examples of the most common federal offenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Aircraft Hijacking
  • Any crimes committed on federal property or Indian reservations.
  • Assassination of someone holding public office.
  • Bribery and Honest Services Fraud
  • Child Pornography and Sexual Exploitation
  • Computer Hacking and Cyberstalking
  • Counterfeiting
  • Damaging Public Mailboxes
  • Federal Drug Conspiracy Charges
  • Federal Firearms Offenses
  • Federal Tax Crimes
  • Health Care Fraud Charges
  • Human Trafficking
  • Immigration Offenses
  • Kidnapping
  • Mail Fraud
  • Money Laundering Charges
  • Museum Art Theft
  • “Pill Mill” Allegations
  • Possession of weapons banned by the National Firearms Act.
  • RICO: RICO is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act; Racketeering
  • Robbing a bank that has insured its deposits with a federal agency.
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Evasion
  • Trafficking illegal drugs across international borders or state lines.
  • Wire Fraud and Mail Fraud Charges

Federal Crimes FAQ's

If you’ve been charged with a federal crime, you probably have numerous questions about the forthcoming government proceedings and your options for legal representation.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime in this area, get in touch with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney like Vincent Rivera, who has been practicing law in Olathe, Kansas and Johnson County for years.

Contact Vinnie for a Free Consultation at (913) 210-0844

Federal criminal investigations and prosecutions are handled very differently than similar criminal cases in state courts.  First of all, the law enforcement agencies that investigate federal crimes are generally well-funded and staffed by the most experienced agents and investigators. 

The federal prosecutors who conduct federal criminal trials and sentencing hearings are also usually very experienced, and have virtually unlimited resources at their disposal.

 The judges who preside in federal courts have lifetime appointments and their dockets are generally not as crowded as those of most state court judges who handle many different types of criminal offenses.

More importantly, federal crimes generally carry stiffer sentences than state crimes, especially in the areas of drug trafficking and conspiracy.

Federal criminal penalties are also more severe in cases involving child pornography and other sexual offenses prosecuted in federal court. 

Interestingly, white collar cases (like fraud, embezzlement and corruption) usually do not result in as steep a sentence as one might get if prosecuted for the same offense in state court. 

For the most part, however, the mandatory minimum penalties and federal sentencing guidelines usually result in very lengthy sentences for people convicted of federal crimes. That’s one of the main reasons it is so important to retain a lawyer with a record of success in federal court if the case is being prosecuted by the federal government.

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