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Federal Crimes

Federal criminal law is a unique and complex area of law. Most criminal lawyers who handle state matters are not familiar with the Federal Criminal Rules of Evidence, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and Federal Laws.  Because Federal cases are much more complicated and complex than state matters, many attorneys are simply not qualified to handle Federal criminal cases.

Federal crimes are serious offenses that are prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office.  Unlike state crimes, federal law enforcement authorities such as the FBI, DEA, ATFE or Secret Service are responsible for investigating Federal crimes.  Because these law enforcement agencies have unlimited resources, investigations can last years before an arrest is made.

If you are being investigated or charged with a federal crime don’t hesitate contact a skilled Tennessee criminal defense attorney.

The Federal government has the power to determine the types of crimes that constitute a federal offense.  There must be a specific provision in the Constitution or Federal statute enacted by Congress that allows the federal government to regulate a particular area.  Some of the most commonly prosecuted include:

  • Cocaine Trafficking  (21 U.S.C. § 841).
  • Heroine Trafficking  (21 U.S.C. § 841).
  • Marijuana Trafficking  (21 U.S.C. § 841).
  • Gun Crimes  (18 U.S.C. § 922).
  • Money Landering  (18 U.S.C. § 1956).
  • Credit Card Fraud  (18 U.S.C. § 1029).
  • Bank Fraud  (18 U.S.C. § 1344).
  • Mail Fraud  (18 U.S.C. § 1341).
  • Wire Fraud  (18 U.S.C. § 1343).
  • Racketeering/ RICO  (18 U.S.C. § 1962).
  • Tax Crimes  (26 U.S.C. § 7201 et. seq.).
  • Acts of Terror  (18 U.S.C. § 2331 et. seq.)..

Normally, Federal criminal defense cases are prosecuted more quickly than in state court because of the Speedy Trial Act.  (18 U.S.C. § 3161).  It is imperative to hire an experienced federal defense attorney early in the case to participate in the discovery phase of your case and to properly prepare and defend your federal criminal case.

Being charged with a crime in Federal Court is a daunting experience.  A defendant facing a federal prosecution needs an attorney that is both a zealous advocate for the client and well-versed in Federal Criminal Defense.  If a defendant is convicted, there is still considerable work to be done from the defense perspective.  The United States Sentencing Guidelines can potentially mandate a mandatory minimum prison sentence.  It is extremely important to have an attorney that can strongly advocate for the proper application of the Sentencing Guidelines to ensure a correct sentence.

The skilled criminal defense attorneys at the Garza Law Firm, PLLC has the extensive experience needed to ensure the most knowledgeable and professional defense of those charged in Federal Court.  Marcos Garza and his team of skilled trial attorneys have more than 18 years experience in defending Federal criminal cases from the investigation stage, to proceedings before a United States District Court, or on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals. Knowledgeable, discreet and professional representation is the hallmark of the Garza Law Firm.