Defending Drug, White Collar & Other Federal Crimes
Are you facing charges related to a federal crime in Columbus? Your future is in question, as federal penalties are extremely harsh. Any person facing a federal charge must take action immediately by contacting highly-skilled, experienced Columbus federal crime attorney.
The firm of Gounaris Abboud, LPA has over 3 decades of experience in successfully defending those facing criminal charges filed in federal court. As Columbus is our state capital and largest city, we appreciate that residents have many law firms to choose from. Unlike many firms, though, our practice extends beyond state courts and we are admitted to practice at the federal level as well.
Our team consists of former prosecutors who know how government cases are developed, and the various possible strategies that could be successful in court. Federal prosecutors have extremely high conviction rates. The laws at this level are complex, and the court system is completely separate from the state court system.
With these factors plus the stiffer penalties you face at the federal level, we want you to have representation from a firm that has a record of success in defending cases in federal court. Generally, a federal criminal charge is filed when it is alleged that illegal activity took place in more than one state.
An example is a drug offense, such as the sale of marijuana, which is routinely prosecuted at the state level. If the sales involved the movement of the drug from one state to another, it can be charged as a federal crime. White-collar crimes such as fraud, drug offenses, gun violations, and internet sex crimes are all frequently prosecuted in federal courts.
Cases in which information is transmitted electronically or by mail, crossing state lines, will also likely be considered to be a violation of federal law. The first action you should take if you are being investigated by a federal agency or have been charged with a crime filed in federal court is to get in touch with a proven Columbus federal criminal lawyer from our firm. We move into action quickly, and your freedom and rights are our only concern.
Arrested in Columbus, OH?
Columbus is the capital of Ohio and has a population of over 780,000 people. The crime index in Columbus is 3, with 1 being the least safe and 100 being the most safe. Since it has a rating of 3, it means that the city is safer than 3% of cities in the U.S. Last year, there were over 5,000 violent crimes and 50,000 property crimes. The national median of violent crimes in the U.S. is 3.9 per 1,000 residents.
In Columbus, there is an average of 6.5 violent crimes per 1,000 residents. The national median for property crimes in the U.S. is 29.1 per 1,000 residents. In Columbus, there are 62 property crimes per 1,000 residents. As to crimes per square mile, there are 39 crimes per square mile across the U.S. In Columbus, however, there are 248 crimes per square mile. If you are facing criminal charges in Columbus, you should contact our team to learn how we could help you.
Conspiracy Charges as a Federal Crime
There is another charge that is frequently used at the federal level which is a conspiracy to commit a crime. At times this is added to an existing charge, like kidnapping, in order to increase penalties under federal sentencing guidelines. It is also used in an effort to get you to give information about another individual who is suspected of committing a federal offense. In exchange, you may be offered leniency or what may appear to be a favorable plea bargain.
We urge our clients to not be fooled into a legal position that can be avoided. There are many instances where a charge can be dismissed or reduced or an acquittal could be achieved. Our knowledgeable attorneys can advise you as to how to we can develop a defense strategy that will help you to pursue the best possible result in your case.
Contact a Columbus federal criminal defense attorney if you are charged with a federal crime and need an experienced criminal lawyer representing you.