Being charged with a federal crime in Santa Clarita is no joke, and a conviction is even worse. Here is where you will face the harshest of prosecutors and be subjected to the most severe penalties. In addition to astronomical fines, you also face hard time if convicted of a federal crime. If there’s any time you would need a knowledgeable federal crimes lawyer on your side, this is it.
Our lawyers have defended clients accused of a variety of federal crimes, such as:
- Antitrust Violations
- Bank Fraud
- Bank Robbery
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Child Pornography
- Federal Gun Offense
- Federal Property Crime
- Identity Theft
- Immigration Law
- Mail Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Wire Fraud
If you have been accused of any of these crimes, you can improve your outcome by hiring an experienced lawyer from the Simmrin Law Group to represent you. Let us explain how we can help.
If convicted on a bank robbery charge, you may be facing 20 years in prison and possibly more. This is not a charge you should be fighting on your own. An experienced federal crimes lawyer knows the law and can fight to get the best possible result for you.
Under the federal bank robbery law, a nonviolent bank robbery can be prosecuted just as severely as a violent one. It’s not like it is in the movies. You don’t have to wear a mask, point a gun at the teller and direct her to open the vault to be looking at doing hard time for bank robbery.
To be convicted of bank robbery, it must be shown that:
- You engaged in an armed robbery, break-in, or some other way to steal money or any other property from a bank.
- You intended to rob the bank, even if the plan was never fully carried out (that’s right – you can be convicted for a robbery that never happened).
- You received money or property that you knew to be stolen from a bank, even if you weren’t the one who stole it.
Conspiracy is a serious crime because it is usually attached to other types of federal crimes, making the offense twice as serious. For instance, a person may be charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud which carries both a charge of conspiracy and a charge of wire fraud.
On its own, conspiracy carries a penalty of five or more years in prison, plus a fine. You can be convicted on a conspiracy charge even if the prosecution doesn’t have enough evidence to prove the main charge against you.
Our Santa Clarita lawyers have decades of experience handling tough federal prosecutors. We can offer you a free consultation, with no obligation to retain, wherein we will explain our services and help you understand your next steps.
In addition to exorbitant fines, an identity theft conviction can land you in prison for up to 30 years. Federal prosecutors have been known to be especially hard on those charged with identity theft due to the rise in recent years of instances of the crime.
Activities considered by the state of California and the federal government to be identity theft include:
- Stealing someone’s credit card information.
- Using someone’s email account to impersonate them.
- Using someone’s name and social security number to collect welfare or Social Security payments.
- Forging someone’s signature.
In order to be found guilty of identity theft, the prosecution must be able to prove that you knowingly and intentionally did something fraudulent and illegal. Intent is often difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt because there may not be any evidence in existence that proves what you were thinking. An experienced lawyer who knows the federal laws can fight an accusation of intent.
Identity theft is often prosecuted with additional crimes, such as mail fraud or wire fraud. This is because identification documents are often used in order to procure something that belongs to someone else.
Wire fraud is the act of planning to use or using wire, television, or radio communications to commit fraud. Fraud is defined by federal wire fraud law as knowingly or irresponsibly misrepresenting yourself to rob someone of something valuable. Fraud may be defined differently, depending on the individual state.
Here, the intent is what can make or break a case. Even if you did not defraud someone of his or her money or property, or no one believed the fraud, you can still be convicted. This is why you need an experienced federal crimes lawyer on your side who knows the law and who can give you the best legal advice possible.
Facing a Federal Crime Charge? If There Was Ever a Time to Need a Lawyer, It’s Now.
There is nothing more serious than a federal crime conviction. We have some of the best defense lawyers in the state on our Santa Clarita criminal defense team, and we can provide you with the best possible defense against some of the worst possible charges.
Call (310) 997-4688 today to receive a FREE consultation, or fill out our contact form and be connected to a Santa Clarita federal crimes lawyer who is knowledgeable in the law that pertains to your case. We can help you understand your next steps and plan your best defense with no obligation to retain.