NJ Federal Criminal Lawyers
Federal Crimes Defense Attorney in New Jersey
Largely, violations of the law in New Jersey are considered state crimes. Nevertheless, there are certain offenses may be prosecuted as a federal offense. Certain federal crimes are defined in the U.S. Code. An offense will be prosecuted in the federal system if it happens on federal property or, under some circumstances, because you crossed state or international borders.
If you were arrested and/or indicted on federal charges, including drug, fraud, weapon or immigration charges, you need a defense attorney who knows the unique challenges of federal criminal law and procedure. Federal officials usually have more resources than a state court to build cases against defendants. In addition, federal violations often come with harsher penalties than state and local charges.
What Our Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys Can Do For You
When facing federal criminal charges, your case could be based on:
Federal grand jury indictment. In the federal criminal justice system, the prosecution will present evidence to a grand jury. They then decide to place formal criminal charges, referred to as an indictment. The response to an indictment is similar to other criminal charges.
An arrest on federal property. When you get arrested on federal property or by federal law enforcement for any offense, the charges are filed by the U.S. government and are referred to the federal court system. Federal property in New Jersey includes:
- Picatinny Arsenal in Morris County
- Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
- Naval Weapons Station Earle at Colts Neck
- National Park Service properties, including but not limited to:
- Ellis Island
- Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
- Gateway National Recreation Area and Fort Hancock
- Morristown National Historical Park
- New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve
In addition, certain crimes of violence, property destruction, service disruption or interfering with a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official at an airport can be prosecuted as federal crimes.
Once you’re arrested or being held, we step in to have you released for the lowest available bail amount or released on your own recognizance (ROR).
When a case goes before a grand jury, we will:
- Monitor both the investigation and the grand jury testimony to get a sense of the evidence against you
- Investigate the facts, the evidence and charges in your case
- Advise you on your own testimony and/or cooperation with investigators, should you get subpoenaed
- To change your status from the “target” of an investigation to an “unindicted coconspirator,” a “witness” or a “person of interest.” To offer your testimony under a grant of immunity.
In some matters, like simple arrests on federal property or transferred charges from state to federal, we might be able to challenge the government’s case on the basis of:
- Illegal or improper search and seizure
- Flaws in the chain of custody with evidence alleged to have been in your possession, such as drugs or weapons
- Mistaken identity, as by a flawed lineup, unreliable witnesses or other reasons
- Profiling based on racial, ethnic, socio-economic or other bias
If it comes to it, will be prepared for trial with a case that demonstrates to judge and jury that justice lies in a not-guilty verdict for you.
Federal Crime Charges in NJ We Can Handle
Police and prosecutors can attempt to make a federal case out of almost any allegation. The criminal defense lawyers at Spodek Law Group possess the pretrial and trial skills needed to shelter you from a long list of federal criminal charges, including but by no means limited to:
- Trafficking, smuggling or importation of illegal drugs
- Federal weapons charges
- Federal immigration offenses
- Federal false statement and fraud cases
- Public corruption, including bribery or campaign finance violations
- Conspiracy charges
- Bank robbery and bank fraud
- Money laundering
- Child pornography
- Assault on a federal agent or officer
- A wide range of crimes on federal property
A federal conviction can get you prison time and fines in degrees according to the severity of the offense. A convicted felon may also be obligated to pay monetary restitution and additional fees and lose other rights and privileges. In some scenarios, because of the doctrine of concurrent jurisdiction, if you get acquitted of a federal charge, state prosecutors could still bring separate charges and another case against you in court.
Make sure your rights are protected to the fullest extent of the law. Get yourself a highly respected federal criminal defense attorney with experience in New Jersey federal crimes as quickly as you smell the first scent of a federal investigation or a charge coming against you. Schedule your free initial legal consultation with Spodek Law Group today so we can get started on a solid legal defense for you.