Los Angeles Currency Violation Defense Lawyers
Currency violations, such as money laundering, are serious federal crimes that can lead to costly fines and imprisonment, severely impacting your life. To fight against these charges, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you and help you get through this stressful situation.
Founded in 1994, Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP is known for taking on challenging, high-profile cases and handling them with discretion and care. Most importantly, we have a proven track record of securing positive results and resolving these difficult legal matters swiftly for our clients. If you are facing charges regarding currency violations, call our law office today at (213) 688-0460 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Los Angeles federal crime attorneys to discuss the details of your case.
To protect the integrity of our currency, there are several laws and regulations in place. The violation of these laws, in many cases, can result in felony charges, landing you in some legal hot water. Although these crimes are typically non-violent and seen as less dangerous and damaging, the federal government pursues these matters quite aggressively, which is why it is imperative to hire a skilled criminal defense attorney.
Learn more about some of the most common types of federal currency violations:
- Counterfeiting: If you attempt to forge something, such as money, documents, or goods like jewelry, and try to pass them off as authentic or real, this is counterfeiting, and it is a matter that is treated harshly in courts.
- Structuring: If you make small bank deposits to avoid making a larger one that exceeds $10,000 to avoid having to report it, this is known as structuring. A conviction typically carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a fine, and the forfeiture of certain assets.
- Money Laundering: Money laundering laws have a much wider scope nowadays due to the plethora of ways in which money and assets can be transferred. It involves the process of turning “dirty” or illegal cash profits into “clean” or legitimate money.
- Bank Fraud: If you purposefully attempt to defraud a financial institute to obtain money, property, or other assets, you may face bank fraud charges.
The consequences of a conviction for any of these crimes, much like anything else, depend on the unique circumstances of your case.
The federal government takes currency violations very seriously, which is why the penalties are often incredibly harsh. For example, if you were convicted of counterfeiting U.S. currency, this is a felony that is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines or double the gains or losses that resulted from the crime. The penalties apply to the possession, use, and production of counterfeit currency if it is determined that you had the intent to defraud. Similarly, if you are convicted of money laundering, the penalties involve up to 20 years in prison for each violation and up to $500,000 in fines or double the value of the property involved.
If you were charged with a crime involving currency violations in Los Angeles, it is imperative that you speak with a criminal defense lawyer immediately. The experienced team at Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP has extensive experience defending against white collar crimes, including currency violation charges. Find out more about what we can do to help you by calling us at (213) 688-0460 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our criminal defense lawyers. When we take on a case, we focus on building a thoroughly researched, confidently presented defense geared to achieve a positive outcome, whether a case dismissal, reduction of charges, an acquittal at trial or other benefit.
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.