Gun Violations, Conspiracy and Drug Offenses as Federal Crimes
Over 50% of the crimes committed in Springfield are reported as being theft-related, including white-collar crimes such as bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, credit card, mortgage, insurance, and bank fraud as well as other financial crimes that are most often filed in federal court. Internet sex crimes that involve actions taken by individuals in a number of states that are prosecuted as federal crimes.
Certain drug offenses that include moving controlled substances across state or national borders are also tried at the federal level. Gun violations, conspiracy, federal tax evasion, and many other offenses all comprise a unique part of the criminal justice system which is investigated by agencies such as the FBI, IRS and DEA and are handled by federal prosecutors that have moved up the ranks to serve at the federal level.
Federal courts try cases that are violations of federal criminal laws and/or the U.S. Constitution and are considered more serious than charges filed in state court. The federal sentencing guidelines allow for heavy penalties to be imposed, usually far more severe than the penalties you could expect at the state level in a conviction. Unfortunately, if you or a member of your family is charged with a federal crime, you are facing an uphill battle.
Federal prosecutors have essentially unlimited resources with regard to labs, investigation teams, and other agencies that can be called upon to present evidence against you. The conviction rate in federal court is extremely high, currently reported to be as high as 90%. These facts make it essential that you quickly retain a highly skilled and experienced Springfield federal criminal defense attorney to prepare and execute the best defense possible in your case.
Prior to establishing a private practice, the attorneys at Gounaris Abboud, LPA all served as prosecutors or judges. We have extensive experience on both sides of the aisle, and years working or overseeing the same type of work that a federal prosecutor is doing to prepare and bring your case to trial. In many instances, this gives our firm a distinct advantage when planning the best strategy to bring to court to protect your rights and freedoms.
Federal Crime Penalties
Steep fines, long jail or prison sentences, and a permanent criminal record are the consequences you face if convicted of a federal crime. The criminal record alone can haunt you for years, severely limiting employment, educational, housing and other opportunities.
As our record has proven, there are a variety of strategies that could be employed to defend against federal criminal charges. It is crucial that you get an immediate evaluation of your case, as there may be options to avoid charges being filed against you, or reducing charges when we are involved at once. The law protects you against an illegal search and seizure or the violations of the legal procedures in the gathering evidence.
A full evaluation of your case could reveal significant defense opportunities. It is advised that you get our team on your side as early as possible. If you are under investigation and not yet facing charges, exercise your right to remain silent and contact our firm, as charges are likely to be filed against you within a short period of time.
Contact a Springfield federal criminal lawyer if you are charged with a federal offense and need an experienced and proven legal team to defend you.