White Collar Criminal Defense
Our federal criminal defense attorneys have decades of experience handling federal prosecutions of “white collar” crimes. We have defended indictments for mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, medicare and medicaid fraud, securities fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, and income tax evasion. We also regularly defend drug and gun charges, as well as indictments for possession and distribution of child pornography, and bank robbery.
Selecting a federal criminal defense attorney
Be sure to hire an attorney who has a good working relationship with federal prosecutors and commands their respect. You want an attorney who regularly appears in federal court and who the judges know well and hold in high regard. Ask about the relationship with the assigned prosecutor, the attitude and quirks of that prosecutor, and how many times the attorney has appeared before the assigned judge. Selecting the right criminal defense attorney is critical because the stakes are always high in federal criminal prosecutions.
Defending “white collar” criminal prosecutions often requires experience managing large, document-intensive cases. If your case involves large volumes of records, be sure that you are hiring a lawyer with adequate resources. We have the resources necessary to ensure that we are never outgunned by the United States Attorneys’ office.
Federal sentencing guidelines
If your case involves a plea agreement or you are convicted at a trial, you will face a federal judge for sentencing. Sentencing is not a simple process. Your attorney needs to have a comprehensive understanding of the advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manual. You should ask a potential attorney questions about possible sentences. Make sure that you understand the concept of “relevant conduct” and how that impacts a possible sentence. Find out how often the attorney has ben able to obtain a variance from the guideline sentence with the assigned judge. Make sure that you are comfortable with the attorney’s knowledge of the federal sentencing process and how to effectively advocate for departures and variances.