Miami Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
A person charged with a federal crime is in a perilous position. Federal crimes are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in federal district courts. A conviction can mean significant fines and long periods of incarceration in a federal prison. The amount of fines and length of incarceration are typically longer than those imposed by Florida courts for state crimes. In addition, the resources of the federal government often exceed those of the State, and so the prosecution can devote more time and resources to investigating a criminal case and preparing it for trial. Contact our experienced Miami federal criminal defense attorney today.
If you have been charged with a federal crime, it is not the time to attempt to handle things on your own. The assistance of a talented Miami federal crimes criminal defense attorney is almost always advisable. Julia Kefalinos will bring the experience, skill, and knowledge she has gained over her 20-year career of representing criminal defendants to assist you in your case. Through a careful evaluation of the evidence in your case, including any tests performed by law enforcement and any witness statements and expert evaluations, Julia Kefalinos will help you prepare a carefully-crafted defense designed to expose any weaknesses in the government’s evidence and highlight any favorable evidence. Julia Kefalinos has experience representing defendants charged with a variety of federal crimes.
Types of Federal Crimes
White Collar Crimes: White collar crimes can include such crimes as tax or wire fraud, securities fraud, or business fraud. Defendants in these sorts of cases are typically business people, accountants, investment advisors, or other professionals.
Identity Theft: Simply speaking, identity theft is when one person impersonates another or uses personal information from another (such as another person’s driver’s license, social security card, or birth certificate).
Bonds & Custody: When a person is initially charged with a crime, the judge will typically hold a bond hearing to determine whether that person remains in custody or is released until trial. An experienced attorney can help secure the release of someone charged with a crime by arguing that person is not likely to abscond or run away, nor does he or she pose a threat to the community.
Release Hearings and Extraditions: Extradition occurs when a person is arrested in one country for crimes committed in another country and the country in which the person is arrested turns the person over to the other country. Treaties typically govern the extradition of criminals between countries. A person arrested in one country for crimes committed in another has an extradition hearing, wherein the court determines whether there are legal grounds to extradite or deliver the arrested person to the other country to face his or her charges in that country.
Money Laundering: Money laundering occurs when a person conceals either the source or destination of money by engaging in a series of financial transactions and/or moving the money from one account to another.
Tax Crimes: When a person purposefully misrepresents their assets or otherwise tries to avoid paying their full tax liability, a tax crime has been committed. Such crimes are routinely aggressively investigated and prosecuted by the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
RICO: RICO stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and these laws were originally designed to fight organized crime. However, in modern times groups of individuals are increasingly charged with RICO violations where they engage in crimes such as murder, arson, and embezzlement. A RICO conviction typically results in harsh prison sentences.
Drug Trafficking: Drug trafficking goes beyond simple possession of drugs. It instead includes acts such as the sale of, delivery of, or possession with the intent to distribute drugs.
Internet Pornography: Federal prosecutors have dramatically increased their prosecution of internet sex crimes and child pornography crimes in recent years. Whereas in the past child pornography was not a widely-prosecuted crime, today even simple possession of child pornography can result in lengthy periods of incarceration in prison, along with burdensome registration requirements.
Environmental Criminal Law: These charges can be brought against individuals who do not follow the law regarding the handling, transportation, and disposal of hazardous waste. Individuals who destroy or harm protected species of wildlife, fish, or plants may also be charged with an environment-related crime.
Firearms Offenses: Gun-related crimes (such as a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a stolen weapon, etc.) are being increasingly prosecuted and can result in serious sentences.
Resourceful Miami Federal Crimes Criminal Defense Attorney
Julia Kefalinos is ready and able to assist you in preparing a defense to your federal charges. Through a carefully targeted and aggressive defense, Julia Kefalinos can help you avoid some of the serious ramifications that come from a federal crimes accusation and/or conviction. Contact her today for a consultation at (305) 856-2713.