Marion Federal Crimes Lawyer
Some criminal offenses fall out of the jurisdiction of circuit and state courts and are tried in federal court by a federal prosecutor. The penalties attached to a possible federal conviction are incredibly serious. If you’ve been charged with a federal crime, you need to obtain a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The Marion team at Law Office of William J. Luse understand what you stand to lose if you are convicted of a federal crime, and we are here to defend you against the charges you face.
Investigations into federal crimes are extensive and well-resourced. The various agencies that may conduct investigations into federal crimes include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). It is not uncommon for these federal agencies to collaborate with local police departments and law enforcement agencies when building cases. These joint-task forces have the money, technology, and manpower to organize and carry out long-term criminal investigations.
To achieve a successful outcome against federal charges, you need a lawyer that understands exactly what you are up against. The team at Law Office of William J. Luse has the experience that you’ll want on your side when facing a federal prosecutor. We have successsfully represented clients in both state and federal cases and are ready to stand with you. Reach out to a skilled Marion lawyer about your criminal case today by calling (843) 839-4795.
Why You Need a Federal Offense Lawyer
When facing criminal charges, you have a constitutional right to a defense lawyer. If you do not have the means to obtain a lawyer of your choosing, a public defender will be appointed to represent you. Since the quality of your defense will have a direct impact on the outcome of your case and potential sentencing, it is of the utmost importance that you hire a lawyer equipped to defend federal criminal matters.
Criminal law as it pertains to federal offenses is complex and often involves multiple law enforcement operations working in conjunction with one another. An experienced federal offense attorney will keep informed of all of your options throughout the process.
Since federal agencies and prosecutorial teams often conduct lengthy investigations, they have an added benefit of compiled materials and information against you. Experienced federal defense lawyers have the resources to conduct their own investigations into your case to help rebut the information against you when possible.
A lawyer who is well-versed in the process of federal prosecutions has a better grasp on factors of your case such as timeline, specific court appearances, negotiations, and other pre-trial and trial milestones. Because of this knowledge, an experienced defense attorney will make sure that you are supported and informed every step of the way.
When you have an attorney to fight for you, you can feel confident that they will secure the best possible legal outcome. Depending on the severity of the criminal charges, your defense may be able to negotiate a reduced sentence, have your case dismissed, or achieve a “not guilty” verdict. This can mean the difference between your freedom and serving a lengthy sentence in prison.
Why Choose Law Office of William J. Luse to Handle Your Case?
At Law Office of William J. Luse, we truly understand the fear, uncertainty, and stress that you feel while facing a criminal charge. When you call on us for help, we know that you need an experienced legal representative to make sense of your situation. Not only will we put the full force of our legal resources toward defending your rights, but we will also work to help you maintain a sense of normalcy while you are the subject of federal prosecution.
Our years of experience in both federal and state court has taught us that quality criminal defense representation extends far beyond legal services and includes providing support when you need it most. The outcome of your case is important to your future, and we remain transparent with you throughout the process so that you know exactly what is going on.
A criminal charge can be enough to upend your reputation, personal life, and professional goals. As such, we are committed to providing you with the guidance and representation needed to mitigate as much damage as possible. Everyone should be treated as innocent until they are proven guilty, and at Law Office of William J. Luse, we fight to make sure that you are given this respect through the legal process.
Federal Charges We Handle
At Law Office of William J. Luse, we are ready to help you with the following cases that could be tried in federal court:
- White-Collar Crimes – White-collar crimes are linked to financial matters which can include tax fraud, accounting fraud, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, wire fraud, identity theft, insider trading, and a variety of other illegal activities. People who commit white collar crimes are not typically violent, but they still face serious consequences like fines and prison time.
- Drug Trafficking – Federal drug laws carry harsher punishments than state laws and apply to controlled substances including cocaine, morphine, LSD, ecstasy (MDMA), marijuana, fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone, and methamphetamine. Federal drug convictions for trafficking, manufacturing, possession, or distribution often carry mandatory minimum penalties. Depending on the drug and the offense related to that drug, the minimum will vary.
- Child Pornography Crimes – A conviction for possession of child pornography is punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison. Sentencing related to the production of child pornography is 15 years for first-time offenders and increases for following offenses.
- Obstruction of Justice – Evidence tampering, influencing a juror or police officer, disposing of records, intimidating an informant, or other practices employed to disrupt an ongoing investigation are all classified as obstruction of justice and can result in serious prison time.
- Copyright Infringement – A federal conviction for copyright infringement can result in fines up to $250,000 and five years in federal prison.
- R. I.C.O. Conspiracies – Violations that fall under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) often carry a sentence of 20 years in jail. Crimes that fall under RICO include mail fraud, bank fraud, embezzlement, arson, drug trafficking, murder, and bribery.
- Possession of an Illegal Firearm –The possession of an illegal firearm during the commission of another federal offense, such as murder or drug trafficking, garners a distinct mandatory minimum prison sentence in addition to the punishment for the initial crime.
If convicted, federal crimes carry serious penalties which could impact you for the rest of your life. When you are the subject of prosecution in Marion, get in touch with us as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
When a criminal charge threatens your freedom, reputation, and livelihood, you likely have many questions. At Law Office of William J. Luse, we are ready to discuss your case and your options moving forward as soon as you’d like. Contact us today at (843) 839-4795 and check out some of our FAQs in the meantime.
How are federal court and state court different?
The United States federal judicial system oversees federal court cases, whereas state courts are subject to state laws. Throughout the year, state courts typically process more criminal cases, which means they have less time to spend on the investigation and prosecution of individuals charged with a crime. In federal court, however, prosecutors, federal agencies, and investigators often have more time to mount an investigation against someone. For this reason, federal charges can be more difficult to fight against, which is why you need a lawyer with the experience and skill to guide you.
When does a case go to federal court?
In many instances, cases filed in federal court could have also been filed in state court. A couple of different factors can influence whether or not the case will be tried in federal court, including the entities investigating the situation and the severity of the offense. For example, if drugs are trafficked across state lines, this is both a violation of state and federal law. However, in deciding where the case will be heard, the quantity of the drugs transported will be considered. If the quantity of the drug is large, the case is more likely to be filed on a federal level. Additionally, if the agencies investigating the crime are federal entities, such as the Drug Enforcement Agency, then it will probably be brought to federal court.
How is a federal crime different than a state crime?
Each of the 50 states has its own unique set of laws that apply to crimes committed within the state. In addition to state laws, Congress has created overarching criminal laws that apply to all of the states. Federal crimes commonly include interstate offenses like transporting drugs, illegally possessing a firearm, counterfeiting U.S. currency, infractions related to immigration, and white-collar crimes.
Charged with a Federal Offense? We Can Help
If you have been arrested, subpoenaed, or charged with a federal crime, it is time to get serious about finding a lawyer to represent your case. At Law Office of William J. Luse we have fought on behalf of members of the Marion community for years. We are serious about the results that we achieve on behalf of our clients because we know the difference that a reduced sentence, a dismissal, or a favorable verdict makes. If you are facing federal prosecution and need the guidance and legal support from a Marion criminal defense attorney that cares about your future, call (843) 839-4795 today.