Other Federal Crimes
When a crime is committed, the behavior by the accused may violate either state law, federal law or both. Most criminal behavior is defined by a state statute or law, so the majority of crimes are prosecuted on the state level. Other crimes, however, are violations of federal law which can be more serious and carry stiffer penalties.
Not every attorney has the legal experience or qualifications to represent clients accused of federal crimes. At J.C. Lawrence and Associates, LLC, our New Orleans criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience defending federal charges. Countless clients facing federal criminal charges have benefitted from our knowledge in this complex area of law and we stand ready to work for you.
What is a Federal Crime?
A federal crime is a crime in which a law of the United States, rather than a state law, has been broken. Certain types of behavior are illegal under both federal law and state law. For example, possessing or creating child pornography is punishable under Louisiana laws and under 18 USC § 2252 of the federal United States Code. Drug trafficking also is illegal on both the state and federal level. Other examples of federal crimes include:
- Tax fraud
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Wire fraud
- Conspiracy or organized criminal activity
- Crimes committed across state lines
- Gun crimes
- Certain drug crimes
- Certain murder charges
In the event that a given behavior is illegal under federal criminal law and the state criminal code, local law enforcement and federal prosecutors generally have the discretion to determine where a case will be tried. If your case ends up in federal court, you can expect serious penalties including long jail terms in federal prison and large fines.
The New Orleans Criminal Defense Lawyers at J.C. Lawrence Can Help
If you are accused of a federal crime, you need legal advice from criminal defense lawyers experienced in handling cases at the federal level. Attorneys must be admitted to practice in federal court in order to represent you in a federal criminal case and they must understand the complex rules of court procedure involved in a federal criminal trial. Not every lawyer has handled cases in federal court or is comfortable with the high stakes of a federal criminal charge.
At J.C. Lawrence and Associates, LLC, our New Orleans criminal defense attorneys are well-versed in federal court and can defend any type of federal criminal charge. We can advise you on possible plea arrangements, explore options for avoiding penalties, help you navigate federal rules of procedure and aggressively pursue your case in a federal court trial. In every case, our goal is to help you avoid a federal prison sentence and to minimize the serious consequences that you face.
If you are under investigation or have been charged with a federal crime, do not wait to get an experienced lawyer on your side. Contact the New Orleans criminal defense attorneys at J.C. Lawrence and Associates, LLC today to address the serious legal problems of a federal criminal charge.