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Chicago Federal Crimes Attorney

Chicago Lawyer for Federal Crimes

Being accused of a federal crime is an intimidating and serious situation. Federal charges typically involve more severe penalties than state-level offenses. They will often be charged following extensive investigations by agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), or the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Because of the resources available to the federal government, the process of defending yourself against federal charges can be complex and difficult. If you have been accused of federal crimes in Chicago or Cook County, it is important to secure legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney who has a strong understanding of federal law and has experience successfully representing clients in similar cases.

At the Law Offices of James F. DiQuattro, we have defended clients against numerous different types of federal offenses. We understand the nuances of these cases, the types of evidence that may be used against a defendant, the penalties that may apply for a conviction, and the defense strategies that can help our clients resolve cases successfully. We are not intimidated by aggressive federal prosecutors, and we are prepared to fight for the rights of defendants. If you are facing federal charges, we will provide sound advice throughout your case, and we will fight hard to protect your rights while seeking a favorable outcome for you.

Offenses That May Result in Federal Charges in Chicago

A person may be charged with federal crimes if they are accused of violating federal laws, committing crimes against the U.S. government or on government property, or engaging in criminal activity that affected people in multiple states or countries. Some commonly-charged federal offenses include:

  • Drug trafficking - This offense may involve the transportation, distribution, or sale of controlled substances. A case may be prosecuted in federal courts if drugs were transported between states or across international borders, if large amounts of drugs were involved, or if a person is accused of engaging in a drug conspiracy with multiple other people.
  • Sexual offenses - The possession or distribution of child pornography will often result in federal charges, since images or videos downloaded via the internet may be transmitted using computers or networks in multiple states or countries. Other federal sex crimes may include human trafficking, sex trafficking, child trafficking, online solicitation of a minor, or sexual exploitation or sexual abuse of a child.
  • Weapons charges - Illegal trafficking of firearms across state lines or international borders may result in federal charges. Unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon is also a federal offense.
  • White collar crimes - Large-scale fraud schemes can affect people in multiple states, and they may be investigated and prosecuted at the federal level. In addition to health care fraud, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, credit card fraud, and wire fraud, federal investigations may lead to charges of internet crimes, identity theft, or money laundering.
  • Counterfeiting
  • Terrorism
  • Espionage
  • Racketeering
  • Tax evasion
  • Bribery and public corruption

Those who are convicted of federal crimes may be sentenced to multiple years in federal prison. In many cases, mandatory minimum sentencing laws will apply. A conviction may also result in large fines, and in most cases, a maximum fine of $250,000 will apply. However, offenses involving drug trafficking or large-scale fraud may result in millions of dollars in fines.

Contact Our Cook County Federal Crimes Defense Attorney

A conviction on federal charges can result in life-altering consequences. If you have been accused of committing a federal offense, it is important to take action immediately to protect your rights and begin building a defense strategy. At Law Offices of James F. DiQuattro, we are dedicated to fighting for our clients' rights while helping them determine how they can minimize or eliminate penalties associated with federal crimes. To learn more about what we can do for you, contact us today at 312-627-9482 and arrange a free consultation.

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