Are you being investigated by a federal agency? Have you or a loved one been charged with a federal crime? Convictions on the federal level carry severe punishments, and many are subject to minimum sentencing guidelines. In many cases, the punishment for these crimes is more severe than the punishment for a conviction under Colorado state laws, therefore these charges require swift and immediate action on your part.
You need a federal criminal defense lawyer who understands the law of our central government. Not all criminal defense attorneys in Colorado understand how to defend these types of charges, and not all attorneys are admitted to practice in these courts. Because federal laws and court procedures are different from Colorado state laws and court procedures, you must retain a criminal defense attorney who has experience handling federal charges to protect your legal right to a fair and impartial trial.
The U.S. government has a team of highly trained, experienced attorneys working hard to convict you of the crime you allegedly committed. You must have a dedicated lawyer protecting your rights and working hard on your behalf to avoid a conviction.
What are federal crimes?
Just as with a Colorado criminal charge, if you break any federal law you can be charged with a federal crime. Most are charged as felonies, but there are some that are classified as misdemeanors. Most federal crimes are ones that cross state lines or violate specific federal laws. Here are some examples:
- Tax fraud
- Drug trafficking
- White-collar crimes
- Internet and/or computer crimes
- SEC violations
- Public corruption
- Illegal possession, trafficking, and/or sale of firearms and weapons
- Insurance, health care, bank, and credit card fraud
- Forgery, money laundering, and embezzlement
- Check card fraud
- Medicare fraud
- Bribery, racketeering, RICO violations, and extortion
- Sex crimes (i.e. child pornography, Internet luring, etc.)
- Violations of immigration laws
- Fishing, wildlife, and game violations
It is imperative that you contact our office at the first indication you are being investigated or charged with a federal crime so that we can have enough time to build a strong defense.
Our federal criminal defense lawyers are skilled trial attorneys who are also trained negotiators. If we cannot negotiate a fair and acceptable plea deal, we are fully prepared to take the case to trial to present a strong case to convince a judge and/or jury of your innocence.
I live in Colorado; can I be charged under federal law?
You can be prosecuted under state law or under federal law. In many cases, if you are charged with a federal crime, investigations have most likely already been underway. You, your home, your family, your job, and your friends may have been under surveillance. Law enforcement agents and prosecutors may have been building a case against you for several months. By the time you are actually charged with a crime, the case may have been open for many months; therefore, you need to hire an attorney immediately.
The criminal defense attorneys of the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara have extensive experience representing Colorado residents against a variety of federal crimes. We understand that you may be nervous and anxious, but we want you to know that we can help. Just as in state court, the federal prosecutor must prove the allegations against you are true before you can be found guilty of a criminal offense. Contact our office by calling 720-379-8262 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with a Denver federal criminal defense attorney.
Why do some criminal defense attorneys not practice in federal court?
Federal court is much more complex than state court. U.S. judges expect a high level of competence and knowledge from federal criminal defense attorneys. Judges hold these attorneys to a high standard. Because learning the necessary laws and procedures is time-consuming, many attorneys choose to practice only in state court. Furthermore, judges expect attorneys to place a higher priority on federal cases; therefore, judges do not tolerate excuses that an attorney must be in state court as an excuse to continue a hearing or extend a deadline.
Practicing in federal court requires the attorney to understand Federal Sentencing Guidelines, federal statutes, changing case law, and constitutional law.
When you are choosing a criminal defense attorney, look for a firm that:
- Has decades of combined legal experience working in the federal court system;
- Has a proven trial record and successful results;
- Provides individualized services;
- Provides constant communication and updates;
- Answers all of your questions regarding your case and your defense; and,
- Has attorneys and staff that you feel comfortable with and you trust.
The federal criminal defense lawyers of the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara will provide you with the guidance, support, and legal representation that you need. We are dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome in your case by working diligently to prove your innocence. Remember, you are not guilty simply because you have been charged. The government must prove your guilt by proving each element of the crime. It is our job to tear apart the government’s case bit by bit.
Our attorneys have defended numerous federal court cases, so we have the experience, skill, and resources you need for building a strong defense. Call 720-379-8262 or use our online contact form to speak with a Colorado federal criminal defense attorney today.