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What Is a Federal Case?

If you have been charged with a federal crime, your case is much different from a state or local criminal matter. So, if you are already charged with a federal crime or fear you will be arrested for one, you will need to retain a Miami federal criminal defense lawyer immediately. You are facing serious and life-changing consequences if you choose to go into this legal matter on your own, or worse, with lawyers lacking real federal court experience.

There are many differences between state and federal criminal cases. Not all attorneys can appear in federal court. If you are facing a federal crime, you need to make certain that your attorney is specifically qualified to handle federal criminal cases.

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Attorney Paul Petruzzi has more than 21 years of experience practicing in federal criminal court. Our firm has litigated hundreds of federal criminal cases in federal courts across the United States relating to nearly every conceivable federal criminal offense. Every single member of our federal criminal defense team has always worked on federal criminal cases defending the accused, so we know what it is like to protect you and we will never judge you.

Federal Crimes vs. State Crimes

Criminal laws are prosecuted at both the state and federal levels. There are many differences between state and federal criminal cases. A federal offense is an act that is made illegal due to a violation of the United States Code or other federal legislation. Common examples of federal crimes can include:

  • Bank fraud, credit card fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, mortgage fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud
  • Insurance fraud, healthcare fraud, Medicare fraud, immigration fraud
  • Drug crimes, violent crimes, interstate robbery offenses, bank robbery, kidnapping and other similar offenses

A federal crime is one that is prosecuted by federal criminal law enforcement in federal court for a violation of a federal criminal statute. Although many federal crimes may also be state crimes (drug crimes, robbery, murder), because they involve contact with different states or jurisdictions or otherwise involve the law of the United States, federal law enforcement agencies become involved and bring the offense in federal court. Generally speaking, while some crimes may be similar in both state and federal cases, how the cases are handled, who handles them, and the potential penalties that are involved are far different.

Representation After Government Involvement

Because federal crimes distinctly violate federal statutes, the federal government will be involved in your case. Federal cases are investigated by the following agencies:

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Secret Service
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Homeland Security Investigations (HIS)

Federal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and agents have seemingly unlimited access to resources during an investigation. If you are facing a federal crime charge, it may feel overwhelming to face the challenge of going up against federal enforcement agencies with nearly endless amounts of information, union power, and resources. With the advisement and with the attention to detail that you need to overcome these odds, you need a Miami federal criminal defense attorney who knows how to overcome these challenges, and Lead Attorney Petruzzi works personally with each client to ensure that their matters are being handled expertly.

Avoid Severe Penalties with Help from a Hard-Hitting Advocate

Federal criminal prosecutions involve complex procedures, and federal convictions carry serious consequences. Although complex, federal law and procedure is generally more uniform than state law, which vary from state to state. Our firm offers the strategic advocacy and experience in federal court to represent you at all stages of the proceedings. Mr. Petruzzi, our associates, investigators, paralegals, and our support staff all have extensive experience handling federal criminal matters.

If you are convicted of a federal crime, you may face serious penalties, including:

  • A federal prison sentence
  • Fines and forfeitures of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars
  • Supervised release for many years after release
  • A permanent criminal record

In light of such potential consequences, your decision to retain an experienced federal defense attorney is critical. Consult a lawyer at our firm to ensure that you take the best possible course of legal action.

Miami Federal Criminal Defense

Our clients deserve effective, personal, and attentive representation and we are in the perfect position to utilize our experience to serve our clients. Whether we are representing you at trial or negotiating the best resolution possible without a trial, we are totally at ease with the federal criminal system and know how to best protect your rights to obtain the best possible result.

Do not wait to contact the Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi, P.A. We know that a federal criminal charge can leave you feeling hopeless. Don't give up! Call to schedule a case evaluation today.