If you are being investigated by a federal agency such as the FBI, the DEA, the IRS, Homeland Security, or the ATF, you likely are the target of a federal investigation. When being investigated by a federal agency, it is essential to act immediately and speak with an experienced Santa Ana federal criminal lawyer right away.

Our team of skilled criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott D. Henry have over 40 years of combined experience defending those charged with these serious offenses. These cases are extremely complex and can be much more challenging to defend. That is why having a legal team with the necessary knowledge, experience, and resources is crucial in obtaining a positive resolution.

Difference Between Federal and State Crimes

The federal justice system functions much differently than the state justice system. Many crimes are entirely unique to the federal system. Some are prosecuted at the federal level because the crime was committed across state lines, on federal land, or involved a federal employee. There are also cases tried at the federal level because there are simply not enough resources for the case to be tried by the state.

These crimes are punishable by a higher legal authority. Sentencing for federal crime convictions is based on national legal guidelines, which are much harsher than those for the state. That is why it is essential to have an aggressive attorney in Santa Ana to fight on your behalf to avoid a federal crime conviction and minimize penalties.

Commonly Charged Federal Crimes

Each case is unique, but all should be considered a serious matter. A conviction could affect your entire future and jeopardize your freedom for years to come. Some federal crimes include:

  • Money laundering
  • Mail fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Tax fraud
  • Kidnapping across state lines
  • Internet child pornography
  • Racketeering
  • Bank robbery
  • Drug trafficking

Our Santa Ana attorneys could help someone prepare for the legal process after being charged with one of these federal crimes.

Federal Fraud Crimes

The federal government investigates and prosecutes these fraud crimes aggressively. This is largely because of the broad financial interest Federal agencies have in prosecuting money-related crimes. Fraud crimes commonly tried at the federal level include wire fraud, tax fraud, and mail fraud. These cases are more complex than others because they often involve multiple defendants and require the tracking and analyzing of complex and extensive financial transactions. The federal government has boundless resources to prosecute these cases, making the situation serious.

What are the Legal Defenses for Federal Crimes?

If you are facing federal criminal charges, it is important to not lose hope. There are several effective defenses our seasoned lawyers in Santa Ana could decide to pursue federal criminal cases. The most appropriate legal strategy will depend on the specifics of your case. Some of these include:

  • Insufficient evidence
  • Self-defense or the defense of others
  • Entrapment
  • Mistaken identity
  • False accusation
  • Lack of intent
  • Vindictive and selective prosecution
  • Mistake of fact

Santa Ana Federal Criminal Attorneys

Being investigated for a federal offense is both frightening and stressful. Our leading Santa Ana federal criminal lawyers could be there every step of the way to provide guidance and support while negotiating skillfully on your behalf to avoid or reduce any charges. Contact the Law Offices of Scott D. Henry today for a free case analysis.

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