New York Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
An Experienced Attorney That Can Help With Federal Investigations, Charges, Indictments & Crimes
As those who have been through it can tell you, being the focus of a federal criminal investigation, or worse yet, facing federal criminal charges, is a terrifying experience.
Due to the unlimited resources of the federal government, the enhanced training and experience of federal investigators and prosecutors, the complexity of federal proceedings and the large number of individuals typically targeting for prosecution in the same case, federal court is no place for the inexperienced state court practitioner.
To defend against federal charges in NY, you will need an experienced Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer with the personality, knowledge and resources required to stand up to the federal government.
For more than two decades, I’ve successfully represented individuals and businesses who have found themselves in the cross-hairs of the federal government.
For 22 years, I’ve skillfully worked to avoid criminal charges from being brought against my NYC clients identified by the federal government as subjects of criminal investigations and to negotiate favorable dispositions on behalf of those charged where doing so makes most sense.
My reputation and credibility with federal prosecutors in New York has enabled me to work impressive results on behalf of clients. By preparing creative and convincing legal arguments prior to trial, I have been successful in having federal charges dismissed against my clients, and in winning pretrial suppression hearings resulting in evidence being precluded from introduction at trial.
I’ve also represented clients in cases involving complex, financial crimes, organized crime and RICO allegations, and in large-scale narcotics prosecutions. And of course, I have years of experience in trying federal criminal cases in the federal courts.
Why not take a second and look just below at my Federal Criminal Experience in New York and see if I can help you.
Federal Crimes in NY
- Narcotics/Controlled Substance Offenses
- Making a False Statement to a Federal Official
- Mail Fraud
- Wire Fraud
- Credit Card Fraud
- Health Care Fraud
- Immigration Fraud
- Bank Fraud
- Securities Fraud
- Accounting Fraud
- Insurance Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Money Laundering
- Illegal Money Transmitting
- Antitrust Violation
- Obstruction of Justice
- RICO Violations
- Tax Fraud
- Sarbanes-Oxley Violations
- Insider Trading
- Mail Fraud -1341
- Wire Fraud – 1343
- Fraud and Related Activity in Connection with Computers – 1030
- Fraud and Related Activity in Connection with Access Devices – 1029
- Injury or Destruction to Communication Lines, Stations or Systems 1362
- Illegal Interception of Wire, Oral or Electronic Communications – 2511
- Illegal Manufacture, Distribution, Possession and Advertising of Illegal Devices for the Interception of Wire, Oral or Electronic Communications – 2512
- Unlawful Access to Stored Communications – 2701
- Illegal Installation or Use of a Pen Register Device – 3121
- Criminal Copyright Infringement – 17 USC 506 and 2319
- Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods or Services -2320
- Computer Hacking
- Trafficking in Counterfeit Labels – 2318
- Trafficking in Recordings of Live Musical Performances – 2319A
- Launching Spam Email Attacks
- Identity Theft
- Credit Card Fraud
- Unlawful Possession or Use of Access Devices
If I could pass along one piece of advice to you, it would be this:
Hiring a talented and aggressive federal criminal lawyer at the earliest stages of a federal criminal case may make all the difference in the world in shaping the scope and direction of an investigation for you.
If you believe that you are the subject or target of a federal grand jury investigation, or if you have received a subpoena calling for you or your business to appear as a witness before a federal grand jury to offer testimony and/or to produce documents, or if you have been approached by federal agents with the FBI, IRS, U.S. Postal Inspectors, Immigration and Customs or the United States Attorney’s Office, and instructed to give them a call, before you do, contact me to discuss the situation.
In many cases, when I’ve been retained during the initial phase of an investigation, my clients have been able to avoid even appearing before a grand jury. In other cases where we have been involved early on, I’ve been successful in gaining immunity against criminal prosecution for our clients.
Often, due to my experience in these matters, not withstanding a prosecutor’s threats that a client will likely be arrested or indicted if he or she refuses to cooperate with the government’s investigation, I’ve been successful in having the client politely decline such an invitation with no ramifications. Too often, I end up representing clients whose original lawyers allowed them to be interviewed by law enforcement and still faced prosecution.
So, the bottom line is this – If you or a loved-one is part of a Federal investigation, or has been accused or arrested for a federal crime in New York, let me put my experience to work for you.
Sentencing Advocacy for Federal Crimes in Federal Courts
In federal court, with rare exception, the certainty regarding one’s sentence which is the hallmark in New York State courts, is not at all present. Federal judges are not involved in any plea- or charge- bargaining that may go on between the parties and is not consulted with prior to any decision to enter a plea of guilty. Moreover, even if one enters into a plea agreement with the government, and thereby limits the sentence the government may request, the Court is not bound to impose any particular sentence, even one that the parties believe is appropriate. Thus, other than any statutory minimum and maximum sentences that may set the floor and ceiling of sentences authorized by Congress for a particular crime, the Court may ultimately sentence a defendant to any punishment within this incredibly broad statutory range that it feels is appropriate.
The Court must, of course, give consideration to the sentence suggested by application of the infamous federal sentencing guidelines, which provide the Court with a range of sentence within the statutory minimum and maximum sentences authorized to be imposed. In white-collar cases, the suggested guidelines range is based principally upon the amount of money lost, or attempted to be obtained, the number and type of victims involved, the means by which the money or property was obtained, the degree of planning involved, as well as the defendant’s role in the offense. Critically, under current law, the Court is not obligated to impose a “guidelines sentence” but instead must consider such a sentence, along with a host of other factors, including the history and characteristics of the defendant, the traditional goals to be served in imposing punishment, and the sentences of others convicted of similar crimes.
Sentences in federal criminal cases can be very harsh and involve substantial prison terms even for those who, but for this blemish, have led exemplary lives. There is, however, much that can be done to attempt to reduce or eliminate altogether the possibility of a prison sentence. This comes in the form of sentence advocacy.
Prior to sentencing, the accused may present to the Court mitigating information regarding the circumstances that led to commission of the crime as well as his or her background, along with any supporting documentation, in an effort to convince it to sentence the defendant to a lesser amount of time in jail or to no jail at all. Many times, after a thorough review and investigation of a person’s personal, family, medical, psychiatric or financial history, there is developed sufficient compelling information which, if presented properly and persuasively, can allow the Court to deviate or depart from the sentence it otherwise would have imposed. Often, based upon this same presentation, it may be possible to convince the Government to agree to certain adjustments or to at least not object or to take “no position” regarding a sentencing matter. Similarly, based on a careful review of the evidence, it may be possible to effectively challenge certain assumptions or calculations which impact upon sentence, such as the amount of loss involved in a crime.
I have successfully persuaded federal judges to cut federal sentences based on factors such as extraordinary family circumstances, extraordinary rehabilitation, and extraordinary proof of contrition. So, I you need help with a federal legal issue, contact me using the form to the upper-left or call me at 212-285-2270 during normal business hours. If it’s after hours, call me at my emergency number….917-749-4420.