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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.

Vincent Rivera, Criminal Defense Attorney

Vincent Rivera, Criminal Defense Attorney

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.

Who investigates federal crimes?

Numerous federal agencies have been granted powers to investigate federal offenses, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Secret Service.

How are federal Investigations different than state investigations?

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.

How are federal criminal cases different than state cases?

Unlike state crimes, which involve the violation of a law, statute, or ordinance passed by local authorities or State legislature, a federal crime is one that has to do with offenses at the national level—that is, statutes and ordinances passed by the United States Congress.

This umbrella covers a very wide array of crimes, including drug offenses, sex crimes, money laundering, kidnapping, robbery, white collar crimes, conspiracy, fraud, counterfeiting, and much more.

One of the biggest differences you will see between state and federal criminal court cases comes in the workup time. Whereas state cases will often be investigated and brought to trial relatively quickly, federal cases can sometimes take months or even years to be fully brought to fruition. They can involve extensive investigation techniques, including wiretaps, the use of confidential informants, and video surveillance.

Many lawyers are well-versed in the state trial procedure, but much less so with how the federal system works.

If you find yourself in the unenviable position of facing these types of charges, it's essential that you contact Vinnie Rivera immediately.

The 6th amendment to the US constitution guarantees you the right to a trial by jury. Before your trial, the government may offer you a plea bargain.

In essence, this is a reduced sentence in exchange for pleading guilty. Before accepting a plea bargain or deciding to go to trial, your attorney should carefully discuss with you the potential risks and benefits of both options.

There is a very real possibility of serious jail time if you are found guilty at the end of your trial, and that is something to take into consideration.

If you have information about other crimes or alleged criminals, the government will often offer a better plea bargain and an even more reduced sentence in exchange for this knowledge, so it's essential that you share everything you know with your lawyer.

If you have been arrested or charged with a federal crime contact Vinnie Rivera immediately for a consultation.

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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

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Federal Court Locations in Kansas

Kansas City
500 State Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101
(913) 735-2200
Mon.-Fri. 8:00am - 5:00pm

444 S.E. Quincy.
Topeka, KS 66683
(785) 338-5400
Mon.-Fri. 8:00am - 5:00pm

401 N. Market
Wichita, KS 67202
(316) 315-4200
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 4:30pm

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