If you or a loved one has been charged with a federal crime, your case is different for a state case. You will need to retain an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer if you are already charged with a federal crime, or fear you will be arrested for a federal crime. Our office offers free initial consultations. Contact our office today to schedule your free consultation.
There are many differences between federal criminal cases and state criminal charges. A federal criminal case involves an act that is made illegal due to a violation of the United State Code or other federal legislation. In San Diego County, many federal criminal cases involve the border. Common examples of federal criminal cases are:
- Illegal Reentry
- Misuse of a Passport
- Drug Distribution
- Drug Smuggling
- Alien Smuggling
- Money Laundering
- Mortgage Fraud
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm
- Human Trafficking
- Sex Trafficking/Pimping
Federal Criminal Case Investigation
Whereas state cases are investigaged by the local police or sherrif, federal cases are investigated by federal agencies, such as:
- Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE)
- Homeland Security Investigations (HIS)
- Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- Secret Service
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
A federal agency may join forces with local agencies for "joint task forces." In 2013, the DEA and State and Local Task Force Program managed 259 state and local task forces. Aslo, military investigtive units may investigate crimes committed on federal military property or by active duty military personnel.
If you are being investigated by a federal agencey, it is imperative that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced federal defense attorney will ensure your rights are protected and that you do not make statements to law enforcement that can later be used against you.