Los Angeles Federal Crimes Lawyer
Defense for a Wide Range of Cases
Being the subject of a federal investigation is a frightening experience. The formality of the federal system differs vastly from that of the state court system. Additionally, the immense resources available to federal agencies require that federal cases be handled very differently from those pending in State Courts. There are tremendous advantages available to those who – early on in the process, as soon as they become aware of a potential issue – retain a seasoned defense attorney familiar with federal law, procedures, and agencies that ultimately decide when and how someone is charged.
Getting early access to a knowledgeable federal practitioner, who can guide you through the process and protect you, is essential to seek the least restrictive result. Because of the draconian sentencing policies at play in Federal Court, anyone subject to a federal investigation needs an advocate who can get in early and learn what information is available (and what is not) to prevent the restriction of liberty. Addressing the allegations promptly, in a federal case, can mean the difference in years of incarceration. And despite the power of the government, there are many ways in which anyone charged with a federal crime can avoid the punishments normally associated with such allegations.
Attorney Ian Wallach has handled criminal matters in federal courts with exceptional results. He has also achieved acclaim for pioneering avenues of protection for those caught within the federal criminal justice system. He is a life member of the NACDL (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) and has access to experts who specialize in every field related to federal criminal defense.
If you or a loved one is the subject of a federal investigation in Los Angeles, or you fear that you might be, call The Law Offices of Ian Wallach, P.C. at (213) 375-0000 now to discuss how Ian Wallach can help.
What Makes a Crime a Federal Offense?
In the U.S., some criminal matters may fall under state jurisdiction, and others under federal jurisdiction (and in some cases, they can be pursued under both). Several factors distinguish state crimes from federal ones.
The circumstances in which a federal investigation or charge may arise include:
- The offense occurred on federal property
- The offense involved a federal employee
- The defendant crossed state lines
- The offense crossed state lines
- The offense violated immigration and customs laws
When a person is alleged to have committed a federal crime, big-name agencies, such as the FBI or the DEA, will pursue the matter. They have significant resources and conduct thorough investigations for months or even years before they come knocking at the alleged offender's door. Thus, if a federal agent contacted you about an alleged offense, it's crucial to retain the services of a skilled lawyer as soon as possible. Building a solid defense takes a great deal of time and commitment, and getting started right away is critical.
What Are the Most Common Federal Crimes?
Federal laws prohibit various types of conduct, ranging from drug possession to production of child pornography.
Some of the most common offenses include:
- Immigration crimes: These include conduct such as improperly entering the United States or remaining in the country unlawfully. Both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens commit them.
- Drug crimes: Most cases involve making, selling, or transporting controlled substances. However, the government also prosecutes individuals who possessed a drug or drugs.
- Gun crimes: Federal laws prohibit unlawful possession or transportation of firearms, as well as having guns in prohibited places.
- Economic crimes: These types of offenses fall under categories such as fraud and theft, and include, but are not limited to, robbery, insider trading, and copyright violations.
Regardless of the federal crime you’ve been accused of, Ian Wallach can defend you with intelligence and vigor.
Are Federal Crimes Felonies or Misdemeanors?
Just as with state offenses, federal crimes can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies. The level is determined by the severity of the offense. For instance, knowingly or intentionally distributing a Schedule V drug (considered the least dangerous on the scale of controlled substances) is a misdemeanor that can result in imprisonment for up to 1 year. In contrast, the same conduct involving specific Schedule I drugs (considered the most severe controlled substances) is a felony, carrying a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
Delivering Dedicated Legal Representation
Attorney Ian Wallach recognizes the challenges and frustrations a person faces when they've been charged with a federal crime. That is why, when you hire him, he will ensure that you understand the process and your legal options to relieve some of the stresses and help make informed decisions about how to proceed with your case. He will stand by you from beginning to end, providing the strength and support you need.
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