Federal Crimes

New York Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

Defending Clients in Suffolk & Nassau Counties Facing Federal Investigations & Charges

If you are the subject of a federal investigation or have been taken into custody for any type of federal offense, Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco, LLP can deliver the insight and guidance you need to make the right decisions about this potentially life-changing situation. Our team of New York federal attorneys has no equal in terms of diversity and breadth of experience, not only in criminal defense but as former prosecutors and judges as well. We boast more than 200 years of combined experience, and we use that experience to protect your rights.

Being charged with a federal crime is considerably different than facing criminal prosecution in New York State court. Because federal crimes usually involve interstate commerce, criminal activities across state lines, or crimes committed that violate federal criminal statutes, they are investigated by federal agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Federal charges are normally brought by the U.S. Department of Justice. With a team of well-known, well-respected lawyers, Barket Epstein can give you the defense you need to secure your freedom and your future.

Put over 200 years of combined experience on your side. Call (888) 779-0267 to arrange a free consultation and review of your case by our New York federal criminal defense attorneys.

Common Types of Federal Crimes

As we addressed earlier, federal crimes are those offenses that violate United States federal laws, as opposed to state laws. These crimes are typically investigated by federal agencies such as the FBI, DEA, ATF, and prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office.

Some common types of federal crimes include:

  • White-Collar Crimes: These are non-violent crimes committed for financial gain. They often involve deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and include offenses such as fraud, insider trading, embezzlement, money laundering, and bribery.
  • Drug Trafficking and Distribution: Federal laws prohibit the manufacture, distribution, sale, or possession of certain controlled substances. Drug trafficking offenses can range from small-scale distribution to large-scale organized crime operations.
  • Firearms Offenses: Federal laws regulate the possession, sale, and use of firearms. Offenses in this category include illegal possession of firearms, trafficking firearms across state lines, and possession of firearms by certain prohibited persons.
  • Terrorism: Acts of terrorism, whether domestic or international, fall under federal jurisdiction. This includes offenses such as providing material support to terrorist organizations, planning or carrying out terrorist attacks, and related crimes.
  • Cybercrimes: With the increasing reliance on technology, cybercrimes have become more prevalent. These include offenses such as hacking, identity theft, phishing scams, and distribution of malware.
  • Immigration Violations: Federal laws govern immigration and naturalization. Immigration offenses can include illegal entry into the country, human trafficking, harboring undocumented immigrants, and employing unauthorized workers.
  • Racketeering (RICO) Offenses: The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) targets organized crime and criminal enterprises. RICO offenses involve a pattern of illegal activity carried out by a criminal organization, such as racketeering, money laundering, and extortion.
  • Counterfeiting: Producing, distributing, or possessing counterfeit currency, goods, or documents is a federal offense. This includes counterfeiting of money, trademarks, and official documents such as passports and identification cards.
  • Public Corruption: Federal laws prohibit public officials from engaging in corrupt activities such as bribery, extortion, and abuse of power. Corruption offenses may involve government officials at various levels and can undermine the integrity of public institutions.
  • Environmental Crimes: Violations of federal environmental laws, such as illegal dumping of hazardous waste, pollution of waterways, and wildlife trafficking, are prosecuted as federal crimes.

Federal Criminal Penalties

The potential criminal penalties for federal crimes can vary widely depending on the nature and severity of the offense. Federal sentencing guidelines provide a framework for judges to determine appropriate penalties based on factors such as the type of crime, the defendant's criminal history, and the specific circumstances of the case.

The following are some of the potential criminal penalties for federal crimes:

  • Imprisonment: Incarceration is a common penalty for federal crimes. The length of imprisonment can range from months to life imprisonment, depending on the severity of the offense. Some federal crimes carry mandatory minimum sentences, which require judges to impose a specified minimum term of imprisonment upon conviction.
  • Fines: Federal courts can impose fines as part of a criminal sentence. The amount of the fine depends on the offense and can vary significantly. For some offenses, fines can reach into the millions of dollars.
  • Restitution: In cases where the victim has suffered financial losses as a result of the crime, the court may order the defendant to pay restitution. Restitution is intended to compensate the victim for their losses and can include repayment of stolen funds, property damage, or other economic harm.
  • Probation: Instead of or in addition to imprisonment, a defendant may be sentenced to probation. Probation typically involves supervision by a probation officer and compliance with certain conditions, such as maintaining employment, attending counseling, or refraining from criminal activity. Violating the terms of probation can result in additional penalties, including imprisonment.
  • Asset Forfeiture: In cases involving certain types of crimes, such as drug trafficking or white-collar offenses, the government may seek asset forfeiture. This involves seizing property or assets that are believed to have been obtained through illegal activity or used to facilitate the crime.
  • Community Service: Some federal sentences include a requirement to perform community service. Community service may involve activities such as cleaning up public spaces, providing assistance to nonprofit organizations, or participating in educational programs.
  • Loss of Civil Rights: Certain federal convictions can result in the loss of certain civil rights, such as the right to vote, serve on a jury, or possess firearms. These collateral consequences can vary depending on the specific offense and the laws of the jurisdiction.
  • Deportation: Non-citizens convicted of federal crimes may face deportation or removal proceedings. Immigration consequences can be severe for non-citizens convicted of certain offenses, including drug crimes, crimes of moral turpitude, and aggravated felonies.

How Barket Epstein Defends You in Federal Cases

Federal charges are complicated and often overlapping. At times, one criminal act can precipitate a number of charges. Procedures related to discovery, pre-trial motions, jury selection, court proceedings, sentencing, and every aspect of the case are unique. You need a team that has experience specifically with defending clients against federal crimes, and you will find that at Barket Epstein. Our New York federal criminal defense attorneys have what it takes to succeed in these matters.

Whether you have been charged with a nonviolent, white collar crime such as embezzlement, organized crime involving extortion or money laundering, narcotics offenses, capital murder, or any other federal offense, our team is ready to go to work for you. We have deliberately built a team of renowned legal professionals with diverse backgrounds, including a nationally recognized DWI expert, an appellate lawyer who teaches at judicial seminars every year, a retired judge, a lawyer who co-produced a national television show about innocent people on death row, and a lawyer who has handled a number of complex, high-profile cases that garnered national media attention, including Amy Fisher and Marty Tankleff. Put our New York federal criminal defense attorneys in your corner.

From offices in Huntington, Manhattan, and Garden City, we represent clients facing federal charges in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and across the tri-state area. Call (888) 779-0267 today.

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