Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys in Kansas & Missouri

Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers

Our federal criminal defense attorneys have decades of experience defending federal prosecutions in Kansas and Missouri, including so-called “white collar” crimes. We have defended indictments for 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. Our attorneys have successfully defended hundreds of cases in federal courthouses in Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka, Springfield and Columbia.

Call one of our federal criminal defense attorneys today

If you have been charged with or are being investigated for a federal crime in Kansas or Missouri, reach out to one of Joseph, Hollander & Craft’s experienced federal criminal defense lawyers today.

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Federal Criminal Investigation Tip: Hire Early

Federal agents from the FBI, DEA, ATF and ICE (immigration) often spend months or years investigating a case before charges are filed. The moment you suspect you are under investigation, you should hire an experienced attorney. If you wait until an indictment, the government has a head start; critical decisions have already been made. Hire as soon as you can so that you have a defense team investigating and evaluating your case early. Our attorneys often enter into pre-charge discussions with the United States Attorney’s office and attempt to persuade them to not file charges. An ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure.

Am I the Target of a Federal Criminal Investigation?

Signs that you are a target or subject of a federal criminal investigation include:

  • Grand jury subpoenas for production of documents (e.g., bank statements, emails or social media) issued to businesses or individuals associated with you;
  • Grand jury subpoenas for testimony issued to businesses or individuals associated with you;
  • Federal agents interviewing or asking to speak with individuals about you or your business.

Call us immediately if this happens.

Common Federal Crimes

Commonly charged federal crimes in the District of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri include white-collar crimes, federal drug crimes, and child pornography:

White Collar Crimes

Our attorneys regularly defend charges of bank fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1344), embezzlement (18 U.S.C. Chapter 31), tax evasion (26 U.S.C. § 7201), bankruptcy fraud (18 U.S.C. Chapter 9), and health care fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1347).

Federal Drug Charges

Drugs, cash and guns regularly move through Kansas and Missouri on I70 and I35, among other highways. Potential penalties are harsh and often mandatory minimum sentences of five, ten, twenty years or even life in prison. Common federal drug charges include possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute (21 U.S.C. § 841) and conspiracy (21 U.S.C. § 846).

Child Pornography Charges

The United States Attorney in both Kansas and the Western District of Missouri prioritize prosecution of possession, receipt, distribution and production of child pornography (18 U.S.C. § 2251, sexual exploitation of children). Potential penalties are harsh and include five, ten, or fifteen-year mandatory minimum sentences. Investigations often involve a search warrant and seizures of computers and phones. Occasionally, you will get notice from an email or a social media company of a search warrant for your account. If either happens, call and hire an attorney right away. LEARN MORE >>

Federal Sentencing

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 federal sentencing guidelines promulgated by the United States Sentencing Commission. You should ask an 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 been 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.

Selecting a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney: An Important Choice

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 in the District of Kansas or the Western District of Missouri—someone the judges know well and hold in high regard. Ask about their relationship with the assigned prosecutor, the attitude of the prosecutor, and how many times the attorney has appeared before the judge. Selecting the right criminal defense attorney is critical because the stakes are 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.

Our Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys

Christopher M. Joseph

Admitted to practice in all Kansas state courts; the U.S. District Court for Kansas; the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri; the U.S Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 785-856-0143

Dionne M. Scherff

Dionne M. Scherff

Admitted to practice in all Kansas and Missouri state courts, the U.S. District Court for Kansas, the U.S. District Courts for Eastern and Western Missouri, the U.S. District Court for Eastern Oklahoma, and the U.S. Supreme Court

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 913-948-9490

Jess W. Hoeme

Jess W. Hoeme

Admitted to practice in all Kansas state courts and the U.S. District Court for Kansas

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 316-262-9393

Casey Y. Meek

Casey Y. Meek

Admitted to practice in all Kansas and Missouri state courts, the U.S. District Court for Kansas, and the U.S. District Court for Western Missouri

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 816-673-3900

Carrie E. Parker

Carrie E. Parker

Admitted to practice in all Kansas state courts, the U.S. District Court for Kansas, the Kansas Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 785-856-0143

Dustin J. Curry

Dustin J. Curry

Admitted to practice in all Kansas state courts, the U.S. District Court for Kansas, and the Kansas Supreme Court

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 785-856-0143

Call one of our federal criminal defense attorneys today

If you have been charged with or are being investigated for a federal crime in Kansas or Missouri, reach out to one of Joseph, Hollander & Craft’s experienced federal criminal defense lawyers today.

About Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC

Joseph, Hollander & Craft is a premier law firm representing criminal, civil and family law clients throughout Kansas and Missouri. When your business, your freedom, your property, or your career is at stake, you want the attorney standing beside you to be skilled, prepared, and relentless. From our offices in Kansas City, Lawrence, Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita, our team of 20+ attorneys has you covered. We defend against life-changing criminal prosecutions. We protect children and property in divorce cases. We pursue relief for victims of trucking collisions and those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries due to the negligence of others. We fight allegations of professional misconduct against doctors, nurses, judges, attorneys, accountants, real estate agents and others. And we represent healthcare professionals and hospitals in civil litigation.