Los Angeles Federal Crime Attorneys
For Federal Court, You Need a Federal Lawyer
For most small businesses, it’s hard enough to stay abreast of the latest state and local regulations. Trying to master the federal code as well can be daunting, if not impossible, without the backing of a dozen corporate lawyers. However, local businesses still fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. government and must remain compliant at all times.
We encounter many clients who ended up on the wrong side of federal law purely by accident. Unfortunately, "ignorance of the law" is not a defense that works very often. If you or your business is facing federal charges, there’s no time to wait. Contact Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP today at (213) 688-0460 to learn about how we can help you mount an effective defense.
Don’t Wait Until You’ve Been Charged
Most people don’t think about turning to a lawyer until they’ve already been charged with a crime. When it comes to federal crimes, this can be an expensive and consequential decision. If you have been visited by law enforcement, even in an informal capacity, it’s a good indication you are being investigated. It’s important to know what your rights are in this situation. You are under no obligation to answer any questions, nor should you do so without consulting a lawyer first. At the same time, Section 1001 of Title 18 of the United States Code states it is against the law to lie to a federal agent. It’s imperative that you not say anything that might be incorrect. Even an accidental misstatement can be used against you.
What Are Some Examples of Federal Crimes?
When it comes to federal court, experience matters. Most Los Angeles attorneys have little experience dealing with federal charges. Not only are the systems different, with unfamiliar rules and procedures, but the penalties for convictions tend to be more severe. And while local prosecutors may be overburdened and willing to cut deals to lighten their dockets, federal prosecutors have plenty of time and resources to build their cases. That’s why federal investigations can take months or years before charges are filed in the first place.
At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP, our attorneys are well-versed in a variety of federal criminal charges, including the following:
- Money laundering
- Bank and wire fraud
- Mail fraud or tampering
- Bank robbery
- Gun trafficking or other gun-related charges
- Drug crimes, including trafficking
- Illegal gambling
- Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations
- Electoral fraud
- Child pornography
- Identity theft
- Credit card theft
- Immigration offenses
Because the state and federal courts are in separate jurisdictions, it’s possible to face charges for the same crime in both systems. This may seem like double jeopardy, but the Supreme Court has ruled it is legal. Most of the crimes above could be charged both locally and federally, and you will be forced to defend yourself in two separate cases, doubling the expense and legal danger.
One of the first strategies we employ when a client is facing charges is trying to convince federal authorities that the case is best handled at the local level.
Call Now to Learn More
If you suspect you are under federal investigation, or you want to ensure compliance with federal regulations, the professional and knowledgeable legal team at Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP can help. Our trial lawyers have experience in federal court and we’re ready to protect you and your business from federal prosecutors. Call us today at (213) 688-0460 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Recent Case Results
- Complete Dismissal of Molestation Charges
Attorney Mark Werksman’s 29 year old client was falsely accused of molesting two neighborhood children and was subsequently charged with felony child molestation, with a significant prison sentence hanging over his head should he be convicted. Instead, at the preliminary hearing Werksman was able to convince the court to grant his client a complete dismissal of any charges.
- Decision Set Aside
Client, a college student in a faulty Title IX case, was awarded $130,000 in attorney fees.
- Probation with No Jail Time for Drug Money Laundering Charge
Wilmington man accused in New York federal court of laundering drug money through the sale of laptop computers. Mark was able to get the case transferred to federal court in Los Angeles, where he convinced the United States Attorney to reduce the charges. His client was sentenced to probation with no jail time on a misdemeanor conviction.