If you or a loved one has been accused of federal crime, or currently the target of a federal investigation, you must act quickly and get defense counsel protecting you. At Gounaris Abboud, LPA, we firmly believe that you need to understand the charges you face, what your rights are and what to expect under the federal sentencing guidelines. Most crimes, such as certain drug offenses, gun violations or even specific white collar crimes are prosecuted at the state level. When criminal activities take place in more than one state or affect interstate commerce, they then fall under federal jurisdiction for investigation and prosecution.
Tax crimes, espionage, and terrorist threats are commonly understood to be federal crimes but there are many offenses that are prosecuted at the federal level. A case in point is an internet sex crime. When such offenses involve pictures or other materials sent across state lines or incorporate actions done by people in various states, the charges are most likely to be filed in federal court, a very serious matter.
There are several facts that you should understand from the start of your case. One is that federal prosecutors are very skilled at obtaining convictions. The second is that the potential penalties are significantly higher than similar state crimes. For example, a drug crime at the state level may be punished by months in jail and several thousands of dollars in fines. A drug offense at the federal level can result in years in a federal prison along with hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in fines.
Contact an Akron federal crime attorney from our firm to learn how to fight
for the best result possible in your federal crime case.
It is extremely important to your future freedom that you are represented by an accomplished Akron federal criminal lawyer as early as possible. Our firm should get involved in your case as soon as you realize you are under investigation. With the correct strategic actions, it may be possible to prevent charges from being filed against you. Although Akron is known as the "city of invention," we rely on old-fashioned hard work, long hours, and determination to win on your behalf.
Were you arrested for a crime in Akron? Akron has a crime index of 4. The crime index is rated from 1 to 100, with 100 being the safest. This means that Akron is safer than 4% of other cities in the U.S. The national median for violent crimes in the U.S. is 3.9, but in Akron the median is 9.02 per 1,000 residents. As to property crimes, there are 29.1 crimes per 1,000 residents in the U.S. In Akron, this number is 56 crimes per 1,000 residents. Akron is the fifth largest city in the entire state. According to the 2010 census, there are approximately 700,000 people in the city. It is part of the Cleveland-Akron-Elyria Combined Statistical Area, which has a population of 2.7 million. If you were accused of a crime in Akron, you should contact our firm as soon as possible so that we can begin to defend your rights.
Our attorneys have over 3 decades of experience in the successful practice of the law. We have won many victories at the federal level and we will do everything possible for every client we take on - and we like to win our cases. We are a tight-knit team of attorneys who have all worked as former prosecutors and/or judges and have a great sense of how any prosecutor's case will be presented, and how to strategically challenge it at each step. Our goal for your case is very straightforward - we work to pursue the best possible result, from the start of the case through to resolution.