Federal Criminal Defense
Each federal criminal defense attorney at DSK Law is an experienced trial and appellate attorney with decades of experience handling a range of federal criminal cases including capital murder. DSK Law represents clients under investigation, sought as a witness, or charged with a crime. We also serve as local counsel for national and international firms and attorneys not licensed to practice in Washington, D.C., and Virginia federal courts. In addition to possible incarceration, a conviction could result in immigration consequences, loss of a security clearance, or termination from employment. However, our federal criminal defense attorneys, support staff, and investigators provide our clients with the resources necessary to effectively resolve their case and address each client’s unique concerns.
If you are charged with a federal crime, contact DSK|Law and schedule a free consultation with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney.
What is a Federal Criminal Case?
It is important to hire a federal criminal defense attorney experienced with federal investigations. Federal investigations are generally larger and more complicated than state investigations. Federal criminal cases are usually the result of extensive criminal investigations by one or more federal law enforcement agency. These agencies include the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Secret Service. In addition, state and local police departments regularly coordinate with federal law enforcement agencies through multi-agency task forces. These agencies have vast resources used to gather tremendous amounts of evidence. As a result, these investigations often result in mass arrests of conspiracies and racketeering operations.
What is Federal Jurisdiction?
Federal courts gain jurisdiction over criminal cases in many ways. For instance, there is federal jurisdiction if the offense occurred on land owned or controlled by the federal government. Examples include, Washington, D.C., the Pentagon, the George Washington Parkway, and federal parks. Furthermore, if an offense was created by a constitutional grant of authority, the federal courts also have jurisdiction. For example, federal jurisdiction for tax evasion arises from the Tax and Spend Clause of Article I of the Constitution and the 16th Amendment dealing with income taxes. When telephone lines or the mail facilitate an offense or an offense crosses state lines during the commission of an offense, the commerce clause provides jurisdiction over offenses normally prosecuted at the state level such as fraud and kidnapping.
- Immigration Fraud
- Tax Fraud
- Mortgage Fraud
- Improper Billing on Government Contract
- Marriage Fraud
- Capital Murder
- Drug Trafficking
- Drug Distribution
- Human Trafficking
- Racketeering (RICO)
- False Statements
- Unlawful Possession of Firearms
- White Collar Crime
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