Federal Crimes in San Diego

An aggressive San Diego federal crimes attorney at the Law Offices of Thomas P. Matthews can help you if you or a loved one has been charged with any type of federal offense. Attorney Matthews has over 23 years of experience in the federal court and is also on the federal panel. Federal crimes are very different from state crimes in the United States. Federal prosecutors or Assistant United States
Attorneys take on a federal crime case differently with more complex
procedures compared to state crimes cases. Penalties for federal crimes are much more intense upon conviction.

Differences Between State and Federal Crimes:

  • Violations of statutes passed by the US Congress
  • Crimes or activities that are more of a national concern

State crimes:

  • Violations of ordinances passed by the local & state authority or legislature

Some state crimes could have the FBI called in to handle if they impact the nation’s safety. Such crimes could be prosecuted in both the state and federal courts.

The FBI in Federal Crimes

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is an intelligent national agency on law and security enforcement to provide safety leadership for the nation and its citizens. This agency serves to protect all citizens, communities and businesses from all dangerous threats that the nation may face such as:

  • Domestic terrorism
  • International espionage
  • Spies on U.S. soil
  • Cyber villains
  • Corrupt government officials
  • Mobsters
  • Violent street gangs
  • Child predators
  • Serial killers

Typical Federal Crimes in US

Every state in the US may experience crimes that would be classified as federal crimes which would be brought up to the Federal Court for trial.There are over 100 types of federal crimes which could be filed especially those related to Federal government property.

These include:

  • Accounting fraud
  • Computer crimes
  • Controlled substances violation
  • Nation safety jeopardy
  • Tax crimes
  • Terrorism
  • Drugs related crimes
  • Espionage
  • Import/export crimes
  • Frauds on securities, social and health care
  • Immigration violations
  • Internet frauds

Federal Crimes Prosecution

Most federal crimes are investigated by:

  • The FBI
  • The DEA
  • The ATF
  • The Secret Service

These are special authority agencies in the nation set up to investigate federal criminal offenses for a prosecution at the Federal courts. State law enforcement officers may be roped in to assist these federal agencies.

Prosecution for federal crimes is handled by:

  • The US Attorney’s Office
  • A prosecutor from the US Department of Justice
  • A prosecutor from the Environmental Protection Agency

Federal judges have the power to respond to the Federal Sentencing guidelines or use their discretion in their sentencing for lower penalties depending on the case. Skilled defense lawyers are able to reduce or dismissed.

Law Offices Of Thomas P. Matthews and San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer on Federal Crime Cases

Skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyers must be well versed with the nooks and corners of federal crime cases and related laws in order to defend the accused in any state.

  • An indictment could be headed off with an early legal defense intervention
  • Skilled negotiations with federal prosecutors could keep the case at state level
  • A plea bargain is usually a common approach to secure a favorable resolution to avoid an intense trial
  • A ‘not guilty’ plea would be stated to win a ‘not guilty’ verdict



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