Federal Crime Lawyer in Kansas & Missouri
Serious Representation for Serious Charges Throughout Kansas & Missouri
Federal crimes are some of the most serious offenses that can be committed in the United States. These crimes, which are prosecuted by federal prosecutors, carry far more severe penalties than those levied for similar state-level offenses.
This is due to the fact that these crimes violate laws enacted at a national level and often involve multiple states or jurisdictions. In addition, federal crime cases typically receive much greater media attention than their state counterparts due to their higher profile nature and potential implications on a larger scale.
As such, it is essential for anyone facing federal criminal charges to seek legal counsel from an experienced attorney who understands both local and national laws related to their case. At Dumas Law Offices, we provide aggressive defense representation against all types of federal charges. Attorney Michael C. Duma is a former prosecutor who worked in the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office. He understands how the other side thinks and operates. This insight provides you with a cutting-edge advantage when facing serious federal criminal investigations, arrests, and charges.
Contact our Kansas & Missouri federal crime attorney at Duma Law Offices for a confidential consultation at (913) 782-7072 today.
Federal Crimes Overview
Federal crimes are serious offenses that are investigated and prosecuted by the United States federal government. These crimes involve violations of federal laws, regulations, or treaties, and they include a wide range of activities that can range from nonviolent white-collar crimes to violent acts of terrorism, mayhem, and murder.
These are crimes that are commonly charged after intensive and sophisticated investigations by such federal law enforcement agencies as the FBI, DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), the IRS, and other agencies. These agencies spare no time or expense in gathering credible evidence upon which to build their cases with the mission of securing a conviction.
Examples of common federal crimes include but are not limited to:
- Money Laundering: the process of concealing the source of illegally-obtained funds or converting them into legitimate assets. It is often tied to businesses that deal with large amounts of cash.
- Drug Trafficking: the distribution, sale, or transportation of illegal drugs across state or international borders.
- Tax Evasion: failure to pay taxes when due, falsifying records, or filing false returns with the IRS.
- Fraud: these are white-collar crimes that use deception to gain an unfair advantage or steal property from another person or entity, such as Medicare fraud, Social Security fraud, mortgage fraud, Ponzi schemes, mail and wire fraud, and more.
- Counterfeiting: imitating or replicating items with the intent to defraud others into believing they are authentic; it can include currency, jewelry, art, tickets, clothing, software, and more.
- Cyber Crimes: these can include cyber-attacks, child pornography, enticing minors over the internet, and other internet-related offenses.
- Organized Crime: activities that violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organizations Act (RICO) that can include human trafficking, drug trafficking migrant tracking, firearms trafficking, and more.
- Illegal Immigration: violations of U.S. Immigration laws, such as illegal entry, marriage fraud, and more.
- Gun Crimes: these can range from illegal possession of a firearm to unlawful sales as well as armed robbery.
Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Another aspect of federal crimes that differentiates them from state crimes is the application of federal sentencing guidelines. These guidelines are a set of rules that judges follow when determining the appropriate sentencing for those convicted of federal crimes.
These guidelines were created by the United States Sentencing Commission and consider various factors such as the severity of the crime, the defendant's criminal history, and any mitigating or aggravating circumstances.
An example of how these guidelines work is as follows: A person convicted of drug trafficking is found to have been involved in the sale of a large quantity of drugs. The sentencing guidelines would consider the quantity of drugs involved, the defendant's role in the offense (e.g., as a low-level courier or someone higher up in the distribution network), and whether the defendant had any prior convictions for similar offenses. Based on these factors and others, the judge would determine a recommended sentence range for the defendant.
Overall, the federal sentencing guidelines aim to promote consistency and fairness in the sentencing process, while also allowing judges to account for the unique circumstances of each case.
Choose Dumas Law Offices to Fight Federal Crimes
In the face of federal criminal charges, you need a criminal defense lawyer who is well-versed in federal law. Federal criminal cases are often complex and can involve legal and procedural rules that are different from state cases.
Additionally, federal prosecutors tend to have significant resources and experience. This means you will need a professional who puts in the time, effort, and resources as well to fight for your best interests.
At Dumas Law Offices, we can help you understand the charges, evaluate the evidence against you, and develop a strong defense strategy. Our priority is to give you the best chance of achieving a positive outcome in your case.