Federal Crime Attorney in Hudson County
HUDSON COUNTY NJ FEDERAL OFFENSE ATTORNEY
Being accused of violating the Federal Criminal Code is much different than being charged with a run of the mill indictable criminal offense allegedly committed in any county across the State of New Jersey. Federal crimes are distinct offenses falling under Federal Law and such offenses entail complicated and demanding investigations and sentencing structures. The truth is that most criminal defense attorneys actively practicing in the New Jersey Superior Courts are not well-versed in Federal Criminal Law and Procedure. Federal criminal law is specialized and requires the assistance and support of attorneys familiar with the laws, courts, and potential sentences applicable to these distinct crimes and cases.
Our federal defense attorneys have been practicing in the Federal Court system defending clients charged with all manner of federal crimes, ranging from narcotics trafficking, to money laundering, and criminal offenses committed on federal property to name a few. From the initial investigation through every phase of the process thereafter, we assist people just like you. Whether you are just at the beginning stage of a federal investigation or prosecution, are being questioned by federal agencies such as the DEA, FBI, and ATF, or you have been arrested and charged, we are here, ready to vigorously protect your rights. If you would like to discuss a federal criminal case anywhere in New Jersey, simply contact our law office in Jersey City, NJ at (201) 793-8018 for a consultation free of charge. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions and provide you with the crucial information you need now.
WHAT DOES A FEDERAL CRIME MEAN IN NEW JERSEY?
A charge for a crime under Federal Law means that you are being accused of having violated the laws of the federal government, not the state of New Jersey. Often, the crimes for which you are accused are more serious in nature than crimes at the state level. Common offenses permitting federal prosecution include:
- Drug trafficking
- Money laundering/RICO offenses
- White collar crimes
- Crimes on federal property such as national parks or military bases
- Mail/wire fraud
- Counterfeiting crimes
- Assaults on federal workers
- Bank robberies
- Weapons offenses
- Child pornography
- Public corruption
- Medicare or insurance fraud
- Identity theft
For some, the individual may be simultaneously or subsequently charged with a similar state offense in New Jersey. Anyone accused of a crime should be mindful that in many cases, double jeopardy does not preclude duplicative charges in both federal and state criminal courts. Whether you are under investigation or have been charged with a Federal Crime, you need talented defense representation. Our skilled criminal defense lawyers are well-versed in this area and can discuss this doctrine at length with you as it pertains to your federal crime case.
HOW DO FEDERAL CRIMINAL CASES HAPPEN IN NEW JERSEY?
Federal cases can start off by a tip to, or from, local police or federal agencies or simply by happenstance. Agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), United States Postal Inspection, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) are federal agencies armed with 2.1 million civilian employees. Among other duties, many of these employees are tasked with the investigation and prosecution against those who commit federal crimes. Not only do these federal agencies have the manpower to go after you, they have the resources to tirelessly and aggressively pursue charges against you or anyone else who may be involved.
WHO PROSECUTES FEDERAL CRIME CHARGES?
The result of a federal criminal investigation is sent to a federal prosecutor for review and possible charging. Once charges are implemented, you will be forced to go to federal court. The charges can be made after a formal arrest or investigation, or upon direct indictment. Once the complaint is lodged, the United State’s Department of Justice assigns a federal prosecutor, known as a U.S. attorney, to represent the United States in the prosecution against you. U.S. attorneys have varying skills, most of which are particularly honed in the area of federal law and related crimes for which you are charged. These attorneys are appointed by the president of the United States and overseen by the United States Attorney General. They may work in any of the 94 Federal Districts throughout the U.S. Cases in the U.S. District Courts of New Jersey are heard in Camden, Trenton, or Newark. Often, these prosecutors have high conviction rates because most people who are charged and prosecuted by them tend to plead guilty.
HOW ARE FEDERAL CASES DIFFERENT FROM NJ STATE COURT CASES?
In cases involving local New Jersey law, indictable criminal matters are heard in the Superior Courts. Each County in New Jersey has its own Superior Court, Criminal Part. Not only is the location of state criminal matters different than Federal matters, but the laws are different as well and thus, do not mirror one another. The financial backing of the United States Government and the long-term investigations and ensuing proofs can make it difficult for defendants to overcome.
UNDERSTANDING SENTENCING FOR FEDERAL CRIMES
The sentencing structure of federal crimes can be more harsh than local state laws. For example, many U.S. attorneys have much less latitude in negotiating a plea than local prosecutors do and the required sentence can be devastating. Likewise, unlike Superior Court Judges, Federal Judges often have very little discretion when sentencing you. And if you have the misfortune of receiving a federal sentence, you will likely be required to serve 85% of your sentence before you can be released. This is much different than New Jersey Criminal Courts in which most offenders are sentenced to a flat term. Flat terms make persons serving state prison terms eligible for parole in as little time as serving an approximate ⅓ of the sentence imposed. There are crimes that require longer sentences in New Jersey, many of which fall under the No Early Release Act (NERA). In addition, if you are convicted of one or more white collar crimes, the financial penalties can be so high that economic recovery can be next to impossible. It is for these reasons that it is important to seek the advice of an experienced federal attorney who knows the ins and outs of the federal criminal court system. Knowledgeable federal defense lawyers in New Jersey know how to go about protecting you at the onset of the case, thoroughly understanding that you have very little recourse once you have been sentenced.
NEED A FEDERAL CRIMES LAWYER IN HUDSON COUNTY NJ? CONTACT OUR JERSEY CITY LAW OFFICE TODAY
When it comes to federal charges in New Jersey, a dedicated federal criminal defense lawyer can be retained before a charge is ever even issued. In fact, many people who are charged with federal offenses suspect or even know that the DEA, FBI, or ATF is investigating them right now. Our clients often include those who wish to be protected through top representation at the early stages. We can talk to the U.S. attorneys on your behalf, stop federal agents from questioning you without our presence, and assist in the case before a complaint is ever filed. On the back end, we examine the merits of the government’s case, create a barrier between you and the court, negotiate pleas, and fight the case by conducting a trial whenever necessary. If you have been charged with a federal crime, the best you can do for yourself is to be armed with information and the right attorney. Call our Hudson County criminal defense firm at (201) 793-8018 today to discuss your federal charges. We offer free initial consultations around the clock and are happy to help.