Federal Crime Lawyer in Las Vegas
Federal Offense Cases
Being accused of a federal crime involves you in a process quite different than if you were charged with a state crime. The process is generally more complex and federal prosecutors can be particularly relentless and aggressive. Penalties also tend to be severe. It is vital you have a Las Vegas criminal defense attorney fighting on your side if you have been accused of a federal offense. Federal offenses include such crimes as:
According to 18 U.S.C. § 2113, robbery of a bank is a federal offense. The penalty is imprisonment for up to 20 years and/or heavy fines. In order for a bank robbery conviction to stand, the defendant must be found guilty of taking and carrying away by means of force or intimidation.
This is a federal offense according to 18 U.S.C. Chapter 11. § 202 of this chapter gives the definitions of the different types of bribery. It is against the law to bribe a public official, a witness, members of Congress and certain other individuals.
Certain firearm crimes
18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 outlines the federal offenses involving the use and possession of firearms. According to § 922, it is unlawful to import, manufacture or otherwise "deal" firearms without a license. It is also unlawful to sell or give a firearm/ammunition to an individual if that individual has been convicted of a crime where the punishment is imprisonment for more than one year, illegal aliens and certain other individuals.
Certain drug crimes
Certain drug crimes are federal offenses per the United States Controlled Substances Act. For example, it is against federal law to transport drugs from one state to another just as it is illegal to transport drugs into the United States from another country.
18 U.S.C. Chapter 25 deals with the federal offenses of counterfeiting and forgery. Unlawful acts such as counterfeit obligations, dealing in counterfeit securities, imitating securities or advertisements and the like can all be found in various sections of Chapter 25.
18 U.S.C. § 1030 is the section of the United States Code that deals with "fraud and related activity in connection with computers." Other than crimes of fraud, such as credit card fraud, cyber crimes can also involve sex crimes over the internet such as chat room misconduct, child pornography and online solicitation.
18 U.S.C. Chapter 31 deals with crimes of embezzlement and theft on a federal level. For example, § 641 of Chapter 31 deals with crimes involving public money, property and records.
Health care fraud
According to 18 U.S.C. § 1347, it is illegal to knowingly and willfully execute (or attempt) to defraud any health care benefit program and related offenses. Possible imprisonment terms could be 10 or 20 years plus fines.
Anyone who attempts to live or visit the United States without proper visas and the like could face immigration fraud charges according to 18 U.S.C. § 1546- the statutes dealing with "fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents."
Mail fraud is unlawful per 18 U.S.C. Chapter 63. Some examples of mail fraud offenses include giving a fictitious name or address or attempting to scheme or defraud a person by means of mailed letters.
18 U.S.C. § 1956 details the federal offense of laundering of monetary instruments. Subsection a1 of this statute states that whoever commits this offense "shall be sentenced to a fine of not more than $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for not more than 20 years, or both."
RICO stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in 18 U.S.C. Chapter 96. Racketeering involves obtaining money by means of an illegal enterprise. Simply put, RICO deals with organized crime.
If you have been notified of an investigation from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), then you could potentially be facing tax evasion charges detailed in 26 U.S.C. § 7201.
18 U.S.C. Chapter 113B deals with federal crimes defined as terrorism. Acts of terrorism against the United States are dealt with extremely severe, especially after the attacks on September 11th.
Fraud by means of wire, radio or television is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. This crime is detailed in 18 U.S.C. § 1343.
Legal Representation & Your Defense
At Okabe & Haushalter, we will conduct our own review and investigation and seek to locate information and evidence that can be used in your defense. The sooner you retain our services, the better, as we can take prompt action to assist you. If you are under investigation for a federal offense but charges have not yet been filed, we may be able to dissuade prosecutors from pursuing your case. Otherwise, it may be possible for us to have lesser charges pressed, thus reducing the potential penalties and effect on your record and future. If charges have been filed, we will attempt to conclude your case favorably without going to trial. We are, however, fully prepared to aggressively defend you in court and will pursue all legal means in our endeavor to achieve an acquittal.
Contact a Las Vegas federal offense lawyer
if you are under investigation for, or have been charged with a federal offense, so that you may have the legal representation you deserve.