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Federal Crime Defense Lawyers Oklahoma

People are charged with crimes at an alarming rate, but many do not realize the incredibly large differences between charges at the state and federal levels. Simply put, being arrested and charged in federal court is generally a much more serious situation than a state court charge, although neither should be taken lightly.

Federal charges are generally seen as more serious because most estimates indicate that federal law enforcement officials and prosecutors convict defendants at a rate that exceeds 90%. The federal government has the resources, time and diligence to pursue charges for years, and this is an entity that’s simply relentless.

Below is a brief look at a few informally-grouped categories of federal crimes, but in the meantime, if you are facing any federal criminal law problem, contact Privett Law immediately to schedule an initial consultation.

Federal Drug-Related Crimes

Perhaps the most common and well-known form of federal defense that’s needed involves drug-related crimes. The federal government has been fighting an ongoing “War on Drugs” for decades now, beginning with Richard Nixon’s administration. More and more money is dumped into the operating budgets of such agencies as the FBI, ATF and DEA every year for this purpose.

Basically, a defendant could need federal defense help when he or she is accused of some sort of trafficking in relation to drugs. This trafficking can involve moving substances or the money that’s generated as a result, but the basic test that gives the federal government jurisdiction is whether any of these dealings crossed state lines.

If so, you face harsh consequences, as not only have public policy and billions of dollars been focused to this effort, but there are also federal sentencing guidelines in place that limit the amount of discretion a judge has at his or her disposal if a defendant is convicted. Therefore, you owe it to yourself to begin building your federal defense as soon as possible if you face this situation. Contact the federal defense lawyers at the Oklahoma law firm of Atkins & Markoff today to get this process started.

White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes are also gaining more attention and require a higher level of federal defense than ever before, and once again this has a lot to do with public scrutiny. Scandals that involved such companies as Enron, Tyco, Adelphia and the like rocked the corporate world, generated wall-to-wall media coverage and, most unfortunately, cost individual shareholders billions of dollars and many their financial futures.

Given the justifiable anger that was expressed to legislators in Washington, D.C., the government has since come out with a stringent crack-down on corporate practices, and this has led to federal defense teams becoming as busy as ever before fighting charges that include embezzlement, misappropriation of funds, counterfeiting and the like.

As is the case with drug charges, a defendant needs a strong federal defense in this situation given the realities involved with high conviction rates and strict federal sentencing guidelines, so do not hesitate if you face this situation. Contact Privett Law immediately.

Violent Crimes

The final category to discuss involves violent crimes, and these can involve such charges as murder, kidnapping, etc. where the crimes are allegedly committed in more than one state, thereby giving rise to federal jurisdiction. However, one crime has garnered more publicity than any other, and it was formulated almost expressly for dealing with the mob and drug cartels. This law is known as “RICO,” which stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and is designed to give federal law enforcement officials more ‘weapons’ to use against such organizations as the mafia and intricate and organized drug cartels. Basically, RICO allows federal charges to be filed if two of any of the 35 crimes listed in the statute are alleged to have been committed. Once again, the penalties are incredibly stiff, and the law was designed to basically shut down criminal enterprises and prosecute the top levels of these ongoing conspiracies that were never possible before RICO passed in 1970.

Federal Crime Defense in Oklahoma

Clearly, the above examples are just that – examples. There are innumerable federal crimes that can be committed and prosecuted, but the most disconcerting aspect of this for you concerns the common ground among all of them. This common ground includes an extremely high priority for enforcement of these laws by the federal government, an even higher general conviction rate if the case goes to trial, and harsh and inflexible punishments for those convicted of a federal crime.

If any of this sounds familiar, you need to immediately begin the process of building a strong federal defense. Contact Privett Law as soon as possible to get this process started.