St. Louis Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
Are you facing federal charges? If so, You Must Act Fast!
In the United States, criminal acts are categorized under state and federal crimes, and criminal cases are prosecuted in both state and federal courts; however, the significant majority of crimes are criminalized under state laws and are therefore prosecuted on the state level.
Those crimes which are criminalized under federal legislation are considered federal crimes, and in many such cases large government agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the ICE, the IRS and a number of other government entities may be brought in to assist law enforcement with the investigation and prosecution of those who commit federal crimes.
Since these large government agencies have an unlimited amount of manpower and resources to hunt down and prosecute those who violate federal law, it is absolutely imperative that you hire an experienced St. Louis federal crime lawyer who is not only familiar with state and federal laws, but who has worked extensively in the federal court system. Without the assistance of a competent attorney who has defending federal cases, you are putting yourself at risk.
Types of Federal Crimes
There are a number of crimes which are criminalized under federal legislation, some of which include mail fraud which crosses state lines and uses the U.S. Postal Service to facilitate criminal activity. Other such federal crimes include hijacking an aircraft, kidnapping, bank robbery, tax evasion and selling counterfeit goods. Some examples of federal crimes include the following offenses:
- Tax evasion
- Possession of banned weapons
- Mail fraud
- Drug trafficking
- Bank robbery
- Art theft from a museum
- Assassinating the President or Vice President of the United States
- Bank fraud
- Computer crimes
- Environmental crimes
- Health care fraud
- Human trafficking
Additional federal offenses also involve: identity fraud, intellectual property crimes, passport or visa fraud, public corruption, terrorism, certain violent crimes, bankruptcy fraud, child exploitation, civil rights violations, explosives, fugitives, and more.
Enter the FBI
Currently, the FBI has jurisdiction over more than 200 categories of violations under federal law. The FBI's national security priorities are terrorism, counterintelligence and cyber crime (computer intrusions, internet fraud, and identity theft). The FBI's criminal priorities are: public corruption, civil rights, organized crime, white collar crime and violent crime and major thefts. Some of the FBI's areas of concern and jurisdiction include:
Civil Rights: Hate crimes, human trafficking, color of law, and freedom of access to clinics.
White Collar Crime: Antitrust violations, bankruptcy fraud, corporate fraud, health care fraud, financial institution fraud, insurance fraud, mass marketing fraud, piracy/intellectual property theft, securities and commodities fraud, and more white collar frauds.
Violent Crime and Major Thefts: Art theft, bank robbery, cargo theft, gangs, jewelry and gem theft, online predators, retail theft, vehicle theft, violent crimes against children and more.
Get Help from a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Now!
If you are being accused of committing any one of the above crimes, then you have a valid cause for concern. Federal crimes are prosecuted in the federal courts and are frequently accompanied by very negative consequences and penalties, some of which may include years behind bars, hefty fines, restitution and loss of a professional license. Don't risk your future, your freedom, your family or your career because of a weak defense, contact a St. Louis federal criminal defense lawyer from The Sumner Law Group, LLC at once for the tough and aggressive representation your situation demands!