Federal Crimes

Orlando Federal Crime Attorney

Standing in front of the judge as he announces that it’s United States of America v. YOU can be pretty scary. That means you’ve been charged with a federal crime – and the U.S. government is holding all the high cards. Federal prosecutors are very good at putting people in prison. It’s what they do. They’re highly motivated, well-trained career professionals with large staffs and almost unlimited resources.

So if you’ve been charged with a federal crime, everything – your future, your freedom, sometimes your very life – depends on the knowledge, expertise and skill of the federal criminal defense attorney representing you against the awesome and sometimes arbitrary power of the United States Department of Justice. If you are facing federal criminal charges in the Greater Orlando area, call  407-349-4211 to talk with an experienced federal defense attorney at the Rivas Law Firm.

What crimes are federal offenses?

Most crimes are prosecuted by the state because the laws of an individual state have been violated. But many crimes violate laws passed by Congress or occur on federal property and are therefore federal offenses.

Federal crimes include kidnapping, bank robbery, mail or credit card fraud, child pornography, tax evasion and counterfeiting. The most common type of federal criminal cases involve violations of immigration law: illegal entry, illegal re-entry, smuggling immigrants, or visa fraud. In fact, nearly two thirds of people arrested by federal law enforcement agencies are non-U.S. Citizens.

The second most common federal criminal prosecutions involve drug trafficking–the manufacture, sale, transportation or possession of illegal drugs, mainly methamphetamine and cocaine. Firearms offenses are the third most common federal crime prosecuted, involving illegal possession or transportation of weapons or ammunition.

What happens when you are charged with a federal crime?

If you’re arrested on state charges, the state prosecutor or district attorney will press charges against you and your case will be heard by a trial judge in a state court. However, if you are facing federal criminal charges, the case will be prosecuted by a United States Attorney. The U.S. Attorney’s office will use federal investigators from an agency like the Drug Enforcement Agency or the FBI, often in conjunction with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, to build a case against you and present it to a grand jury. The grand jury will likely issue an indictment. There will be an arraignment a hearing at which you will enter a plea and the judge will decide if you can be released on bail.

An Orlando Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer can Help

There are many steps involved in a federal criminal prosecution and it’s vital to have a criminal defense attorney who knows his way around a federal court room.  Federal criminal penalties can involve lengthy prison terms and many carry mandatory sentencing. Prosecutors use the threat of years in prison to pressure defendants into giving up their right to a trial by making plea bargaining deals. In fact, almost all defendants charged with federal crimes plead guilty rather than risking a lengthy prison term by going to trial.

When it comes to federal crimes, the judge has a lot of power to determine how much time a defendant will spend in prison. That’s why it’s crucial to be represented by an experienced, effective criminal defense attorney who knows how to present your side of the story and can make a persuasive argument on your behalf. If you’re looking for the best criminal defense attorney in Orlando, consider the expert lawyers at the Rivas Law Firm. Call 407-349-4211 to speak with an attorney today.

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Fighting Federal Crimes Charges in Orlando, Florida

If you have been accused or charged with committing a federal crime, you must contact a criminal attorney who is licensed to practice law in the federal court system. The federal court system is different from the court system that hears criminal cases at the state level, and there are different laws and penalties that apply to federal criminal cases.   Furthermore, the federal government has a great deal of money, power, and resources when it comes to prosecuting federal crimes, and will not hesitate to prosecute an offender to the fullest extent of the law.

If you are facing federal charges in Orlando, a skilled and experienced Orlando criminal attorney can protect your rights throughout the criminal process and defend you against the prosecution’s accusations!

What are Federal Crimes?

A federal crime is considered any criminal offense that occurs on federal property or that violates federal law.  At Rivas Law Firm, P.A., we have a great deal of experience defending clients against federal charges, and understand how to work with government prosecutors and law enforcement agencies such the FBI, IRS, and DEA to secure the best possible results for your case.   We accept cases involving all types of federal offenses, including, but not limited to:

  • Federal DUI
  • Federal Drug Crimes
  • Tax Crimes (i.e.-tax evasion, tax fraud)
  • Bank Robbery
  • Fraud Crimes
  • Crimes Against National Security (i.e.-terrorism, espionage, treason, etc.)
  • Kidnapping/Abductions
  • Counterfeiting
  • Hate Crimes
  • Money Laundering
  • Forgery
  • Computer & Internet Crimes
  • Arson and Bombings
  • Public Corruption
  • Import & Export Crimes

If you have been charged with any of these types of crimes, hiring an Orlando criminal attorney with extensive experience in federal law is of utmost importance.  If convicted, you could face such penalties as large fines, probation, restitution, community service, a mark on your permanent record, and up to a lifetime in prison, depending on the seriousness of your charges. Furthermore, a federal crimes conviction will be detrimental to your reputation, personal relationships, and future opportunities.

Contact an Orlando Federal Crimes Attorney

To increase your chances of winning your case and avoiding a federal crimes conviction, it’s crucial to obtain experienced legal counsel as soon as you suspect you may be under investigation for a federal crime. At Rivas Law Firm, P.A., we are committed to aggressively fighting your charges, and doing everything we can to work with the prosecution so you don’t end up spending years behind bars.  You can depend on us to thoroughly investigate your charges, collect solid evidence, and build strong and compelling defense cases.  You deserve the best possible defense representation, and that’s what you can expect to receive when you come to Rivas Law Firm.

To set up a free consultation to discuss your charges, please contact an Orlando federal crimes defense attorney at Rivas Law Firm, P.A. today!