Few things command attention like federal offenses. Federal offenses are in a league of their own when compared to state-level charges, often reflecting alleged interstate crimes, cooperation between federal agencies, and months or years worth of investigative work. The federal government has substantial resources when it comes to prosecution, and you need the same level of commitment when it comes to your defense.
When agencies like the FBI, HHS, and IRS decide to target an entity or individual, the stakes are high. Federal convictions generally result in long prison sentences and expensive penalties.
There are myriad federal law enforcement agencies that might investigate white-collar crimes. But the three most common are:
In general, specific criminal acts are addressed in both state and federal laws. What turns a state-level criminal investigation into a federal issue? An alleged crime must be of federal interest to initiate an investigation at this level, and a number of circumstances cause that to happen. A crime that occurs in multiple states, takes place on federal property, utilizes federal resources or organizations, or involves people from multiple states will likely be considered a federal offense. In these situations, even criminal activity that would typically be handled at the state level becomes a federal crime.
Please note that the information provided here is a general overview. Our expertise as former federal prosecutors and as criminal defense attorneys leads us to handle each case on a personal level, guaranteeing personalized attention to the specific nature of a clients’ case. We cater to a diverse clientele, including licensed practitioners, high-powered executives, health care providers and practices, and individuals with prominent positions in their community. For personalized guidance, contact a federal criminal defense attorney with the utmost discretion and respect for privacy.
Patrick Delahunty is a former federal prosecutor with deep experience in resolving disputes. He advises individuals and companies in complex criminal, regulatory, and commercial litigation.