Defending Federal Criminal Cases
Each State has its own criminal code and what constitutes crime. In Florida, the state legislature decides what conduct constitutes a crime as well as the range of punishment for those crimes. State crimes are investigated primarily by state, county or city law enforcement agencies.
Violations of state criminal laws are prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office (similar to a District Attorney).
For example, possession of cocaine is a crime for which you could be arrested under Florida law. The case would have be investigated by the local sheriff or city police. If arrested in Tampa, the accused (or the person arrested or charged with a crime) would be prosecuted by the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office. The case would be heard in State court. Federal crimes are crimes committed against the people of the United States. They represent violations of federal law. Federal crimes are investigated by federal law enforcement agencies like the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations), DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), IRS (Internal Revenue Service), ATF (Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) and others. Federal crimes are prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s offices throughout the country.
Lawyers that defend Federal cases or Federal Indictments are arguably amongst the best lawyers in the country. They must have the courage and commitment to take on the full power of the United States and the substantial resources the government will use against their clients. Your lawyer must possess the knowledge, experience and ability to navigate the federal system.
Why? Because the Federal government conviction rate is 97%.
Daniel J Fernandez has represented clients accused of federal crimes for over 30-years. Our firm has successfully represented clients in federal courts in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Arizona, New York, Missouri, North Carolina and Alabama.
What types of Federal Crimes can be charged or arrested for?
Federal criminal charges are usually brought for:
Conspiracy to defraud the government, filing false claims, counterfeiting, drug trafficking, bribery of a public official, theft and embezzlement, bank robbery, espionage, possession of explosive devices, extortion, credit card fraud, identity theft, firearms violations, forgery, mail fraud, computer fraud, wire fraud, insurance fraud, healthcare fraud, Medicaid fraud, Medicare Fraud, gambling, insider trading, kidnapping, obscenity, obstruction of justice, perjury, racketeering, sabotage, sexual Abuse of minors, child pornography, tax evasion, terrorism, treason, and conspiracy.
Federal cases are prosecuted in United States District courts located in various cities throughout the country.
If you are charged with or arrested for a state or federal crime or if you have been advised that you are under federal investigation call now for a FREE consultation. Contact your Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney at 813-229-5353
Daniel J. Fernandez, Esq.
Fernandez & Hernandez