If you’ve received a subpoena, been brought in for questioning, or were arrested and charged with a federal crime, our Glendale federal crimes lawyers can stand by your side and help you navigate the legal system. The attorneys at Simmrin Law Group will listen to you, answer your questions, and defend your rights. Our criminal defense team defends clients from all walks of life.
We believe no matter who you are or what crime you’re accused of, you deserve the strongest defense possible. Some federal crime convictions carry the possibility of years (or life) in prison and millions of dollars in fines. Our goal is to get you the best possible outcome so you and your family can get back to normal life. We have experience negotiating with federal prosecutors to get charges reduced or even dismissed.
Types of Federal Crimes Cases We Handle
Crimes fall either under state or federal jurisdiction. Which court has the authority to prosecute a crime depends on the nature of the crime and where it occurred. In general, federal crimes include:
- Crimes occurring on federal land, such as national parks or military bases
- Crimes occurring in federal buildings, such as post offices or Social Security offices
- Crimes involving federally insured banks and financial institutions
- Crimes occurring on ships flying the American flag, even those in international waters
- Crimes that involve crossing state lines or interstate commerce, such as drug trafficking or kidnapping
- Cybercrimes and terrorist attacks
If you are accused of committing a federal offense in Glendale or need legal representation for your involvement in a federal case, our firm can help. We assist with federal crimes, including but not limited to:
Most people have never heard of antitrust violations. But if you’re a business owner or in big business, you may know something about them. In a nutshell, antitrust laws prevent one company from gaining a monopoly or a group of businesses from banding together to fix prices or rig the bidding process.
Bank fraud occurs when an individual or entity knowingly executes or tries to execute a plan to:
- Defraud a financial institution (bank, credit union, etc.), or
- Get money from a financial institution through false pretenses, representations, or promises.
Examples of bank fraud include falsifying bank documents, lying to get a loan, or forging checks.
A bank robbery occurring in Glendale is a federal crime because banks are insured by the federal government. Intent to rob a bank is also a federal offense, even if you do not actually steal any money.
Filing for bankruptcy can give you a fresh start in life, but if you’re accused and convicted of bankruptcy fraud, you could spend years in prison. Even small errors on bankruptcy papers can come back to haunt you.
It is illegal to possess, make, or distribute child pornography in the state of California, according to California Code PEN 311.1. Violation of the law is a federal offense.
You may face federal conspiracy charges if authorities believe you made an agreement with another person to defraud or commit a crime against the United States.
As with bank robbery, you can face federal charges for conspiracy to commit, even if your plan is unsuccessful. According to 18 U.S. Code § 371, conspiracy to commit can result in fines and up to five years in prison.
Counterfeiting charges apply to the creation or reproduction of currency or documents to defraud the U.S. government. Examples include money counterfeiting, creating fake military documents, creating a fake passport or birth certificate, and more.
Federal Gun Offense
You cannot improperly manufacture, buy, sell, or transport firearms across state lines. It is also illegal to possess a firearm if federal gun laws prohibit you from doing so, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Federal Property Crime
Property crimes, such as vandalism, trespassing, and burglary become federal offenses when committed on federal property. Federal property may include airports, military bases, federal courthouses, national parks, or any property owned or operated by the federal government.
Usually, personal identity theft, such as stealing someone’s credit card, is a state crime. However, producing fraudulent identification documents is a federal crime under 18 U.S. Code § 1028.
The federal government is cracking down on people who violate immigration law. If you or a loved one is facing deportation, consider consulting with an immigration law attorney at Simmrin Law Group.
If you used the U.S. mail system to commit fraud or plan to commit fraud, you could get charged with mail fraud and face federal prosecution.
Money laundering is a complex federal crime. Our Glendale federal crimes lawyers can defend you against money laundering charges.
Wire fraud is any sort of fraud that involves communicating via TV, radio, telephone, text, email, fax, telegram, or wire transfer. Since wire fraud frequently crosses state lines, it is a federal crime.
For a free legal consultation with a lawyer serving Glendale, call (310) 896-2723
What Happens During a Federal Crimes Case?
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), federal cases begin with hearings before a grand jury of citizens tasked with determining whether a federal crime occurred. If you are involved in a federal case, you may face arrest, or the government may compel information or testimony with a warrant or grand jury subpoena.
If a grand jury decides a federal case is warranted, the process proceeds with an initial court appearance and then an arraignment. During the arraignment, the court formally informs the defendant of the charges against them, and they plead guilty or not guilty.
If the plea is not guilty, the case moves into the discovery phase, during which the prosecutors and defense attorneys exchange information and our lawyers build your defense.
Next, based on the evidence and the case against you, our attorneys will attempt to plea bargain for a lesser charge or even have your charges dismissed. If the plea is successful, the case is resolved without a trial. If a plea bargain is not possible, the case will move to the trial stage.
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Our Firm Can Stand by Your Side in Glendale
If you face federal charges or are involved in a federal criminal case, we can represent you and protect your rights throughout the entire legal process. Our defense team will:
- Determine your role in the case (suspect, witness, person of interest)
- Advise you on when and how to speak with authorities
- Build a defense, including speaking with witnesses and obtaining relevant documents and physical evidence
- Ensure you receive due process under the law
- Protect you from violation of your rights, such as illegal search and seizure
- Help you get released on bail
- Aggressively fight to have your charges reduced or dropped and achieve the most advantageous plea bargain possible
- Represent you at trial if necessary
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For more than 15 years, our firm has defended clients across California. We understand that everyone makes mistakes, and we want to help you get your life back on track.
If you or a loved one is facing a charge in federal court, our federal crimes lawyers can help you navigate the legal system. Call Simmrin Law Group or use our contact form for a free case evaluation. We’re available by phone to help you 24/7.