Representing Those Accused of Federal Crimes in Ohio
Being accused of a federal crime is a serious matter that requires the immediate assistance of an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney. The U.S. government has vast resources at its disposal, including a team of highly trained prosecutors who will stop at nothing to secure a conviction. Federal cases are different from state cases in many ways, and it is essential to have a federal criminal defense attorney by your side.
At Patituce & Associates, LLC, we have been representing clients facing federal charges in Ohio for decades. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to help you navigate the complex federal criminal justice system. If you are arrested for a federal crime in Ohio, our firm can defend you against these charges and fight aggressively for your rights and future, contact us today!
What Is a Federal Crime?
A federal crime is a criminal offense that violates federal law, as opposed to state or local law. These offenses are investigated by federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, DEA, ATF, and Secret Service, and are prosecuted by United States Attorneys in federal court. Federal crimes can include a wide range of offenses such as drug trafficking, terrorism, white-collar crimes, tax evasion, immigration offenses, and more.
The key characteristic of a federal crime is that it involves conduct that crosses state or international borders or otherwise impacts the interests of the federal government. For example, drug trafficking involving the transportation of drugs across state lines or international borders is typically charged as a federal crime. Additionally, federal crimes may involve conduct that takes place on federal property, such as national parks or military installations, or that impacts the federal government in some way.
Federal crimes can be punishable by significant prison time, hefty fines, and other penalties. In many cases, a conviction for a federal crime can result in a lengthy prison sentence and significant financial consequences.
Types of Federal Offenses That We Represent
Due to the serious nature of federal crimes and the significant resources that the federal government dedicates to prosecuting these offenses, it is important to have strong legal representation if you are facing federal charges. An Ohio federal criminal defense attorney from Patituce & Associates, LLC can help you understand your legal options and develop a strong defense strategy tailored to your unique circumstances.
Our firm represents clients in a wide range of federal offenses, including the following:
- Murder: Under federal law, murder can be classified as either first- or second-degree, depending on the specifics of the offense. First-degree murder encompasses actions such as premeditation, use of poison, lying in wait, committing the act during another crime, or committing it after a pattern of assault or torture against a child. All other forms of murder are classified as second-degree murder.
- Tax Crimes: Several actions can constitute federal tax fraud, including evading taxes, failing to pay taxes, failing to file a tax return, and making false statements on tax returns.
- Fraud: These types of crimes involve the use of deception to acquire property, benefits, or other items of value unlawfully. Examples include bank fraud, healthcare fraud, aggravated identity theft, and securities fraud.
- Conspiracy: If a person is alleged to have planned to commit a crime against or defraud the United States in conjunction with one or more others, they may be prosecuted under federal conspiracy law. At least one of the other individuals involved must have taken steps to further the offense.
- Drug Crimes: Prohibited actions include unlawfully manufacturing, creating, distributing, or dispensing controlled or counterfeit substances; possessing chemicals with the intent to manufacture controlled substances; and using the internet to sell or dispense drugs.
- Child Pornography: Federal child pornography laws make it illegal for anyone to produce, distribute, transport, receive, access, or view images depicting a person under 18 years of age engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
- Sex Crimes: Federal sex crimes laws encompass a broad range of unlawful sexual conduct committed against one or more individuals. Offenses include but are not limited to, sex trafficking, child pornography, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, sexual abuse of a minor, and abusive sexual conduct.
- Weapon Crimes: Unlawfully using, possessing, carrying, selling, manufacturing, and/or transporting deadly weapons, such as firearms, explosives, knives, silencers, and ammunition, constitute federal weapons offenses.
Do You Need an Attorney for a Federal Crime Charge in Ohio?
If you have been accused of a federal crime, you may be tempted to represent yourself or rely on a public defender. However, this can be a costly mistake that can have serious consequences. Here are some reasons why you need a federal criminal defense attorney on your side:
- Knowledge and Experience: A defense attorney deeply understands federal criminal law and the criminal justice system. Your lawyer will know how to investigate the case, gather evidence, and build a strong defense strategy.
- Negotiation Skills: Negotiations are a key part of the criminal justice process. A criminal defense attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor to reduce the charges, secure a plea bargain, or even get the case dismissed.
- Protection of Your Rights: A criminal defense attorney will fight to ensure that your constitutional rights are protected throughout the entire legal process. He or she will make sure that you are not coerced or intimidated into making statements that can be used against you in court.
- Emotional Support: Being accused of a federal crime can be an emotionally challenging experience. A criminal defense attorney can provide you with the emotional support you need to get through this difficult time.
Arrested for a Federal Crime? Contact Patituce & Associates, LLC Today
If you have been accused of a federal crime in Ohio, contact Patituce & Associates, LLC today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Ohio defense lawyers. We will review your case, answer your questions, and provide you with the legal guidance you need to make informed decisions about your defense.
Don’t wait to seek the representation that you need. Call us today at (440) 427-3860 or fill out our online form to discuss your case and learn more about your next steps.