Unlike state charges, federal crimes involve more serious offenses investigated by federal agencies such as the FBI, DEA, the ATF, and other federal investigatory units. Federal cases are prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office in the district where the offense took place.
The criminal defense attorneys at our firm have a background in public defense and state prosecution—vital knowledge they use when preparing your defense. If you are currently under investigation, early intervention by our office will ensure your rights are protected and may help prevent formal charges. Immediate involvement in the case is crucial so contact us now.
The Las Vegas federal crimes defense attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter have the experience you need to get involved immediately with your case, handle all communication with federal prosecutors, and stand by your side throughout this entire process.
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 lawyer fighting on your side if you have been accused.
Federal offenses can include crimes such as the following:
It is crucial to point out that federal crimes are not the same thing as state crimes. With these offenses, the federal government will be responsible for bringing charges and prosecuting you. This has significant implications when it comes to sentencing. Federal judges are steered by the federal sentencing guidelines when they have to sentence the person after conviction.
There are mandatory minimum sentences in the federal statutes, which means that federal sentences tend to be more lengthy than state sentences. This can be confusing for a person who looks at similar charges at both the state and federal level and sees vastly different possible outcomes. Even if the crimes are similar, a person with a federal conviction will likely face a much harsher penalty than a person convicted at the state level.
If a person is convicted of a federal crime in Las Vegas, Nevada, a judge will set a date for sentencing. Sentencing in these cases could include:
Above, we mentioned that federal sentencing differs from state sentencing guidelines, even if there are similar crimes. We also need to point out that a person can face both state and federal charges for the same crime. In some cases, you often see that either the state waits for a federal court to conclude before pursuing their case against a person, or vice versa. While this may seem to violate the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment prohibition against double jeopardy, that is not the case. Double jeopardy only applies to one jurisdiction at a time, but the federal court and Nevada court are completely different jurisdictions.
At Okabe & Haushalter, our federal crimes defense attorneys also have extensive experience handling state criminal defense matters in Nevada. Our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys are fully prepared to represent a person facing charges at both the state and federal levels. In some cases, we may be able to work to get the charges at either the state or federal level dismissed and focus only on one set of charges. However, even if this is not possible, we have no problem fully defending our clients had both levels.
At Okabe & Haushalter, we can conduct our own investigation and seek to locate 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 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 crime lawyer if you are under investigation for or have been charged with a federal offense so you can have strong legal representation.