Most crimes are tried at the state level. This is because, in our country, each state has its own unique set of laws and penalties. Generally, a crime will be charged and sentenced according to the laws of the state where the crime was committed. However, some actions are illegal under federal law. Federal crimes are usually of a serious nature and are often white collar crimes, such as forgery or fraud. If you are being charged with a federal crime, it is essential that you hire a high-quality criminal defense attorney from our San Francisco firm to represent you in court.
If you are being charged with a federal crime, it can mean the FBI or other federal agencies may have superseded state law enforcement in order to charge you. Federal law enforcement has more power and resources than state law enforcement, and they may have been investigating you before making an arrest. Even if you have not been arrested, but you think there may be surveillance set up on your home or business, it is important to have legal representation on your side. Federal crimes are punished under the federal sentencing guidelines, which are very strict and usually include time in federal prison, as well as huge monetary fines.
Currently, over 100 categories of offenses are considered federal crimes. While some of these offenses are addressed in the California criminal code, they are handled differently when charged as federal crimes. Examples of federal offenses include the following:
In addition, any crime that is committed on federal land (such as airports military installations, government buildings, national parks) can be charged as a federal crime. If you are being accused of a federal crime, contact our attorneys who can vigorously defend you in court.
Okabe & Haushalter understands the severity of the situation you are in. Federal crimes are taken very seriously and punished harshly. Hiring one of our top-rated criminal defense attorneys may help you avoid a devastating federal conviction, which can tarnish your reputation and damage many aspects of your life. Our firm is comprised of superior attorneys. We are legal analysts for CNN and Headline News and we have been involved in high profile cases.
If you want aggressive legal representation, contact our firm today.