Many criminal offenses committed in Wisconsin are handled within the state’s criminal justice system, including crimes related to operating while intoxicated (OWI), many types of property crimes, and violent crimes. However, if an alleged offense violates a federal law, the defendant can instead be tried in federal court. If you have been accused of a federal crime, or if you believe you may be at risk of facing federal charges, your attorney can help you understand what to expect.
Examples of Federal Offenses
There are many different kinds of offenses for which a person may face federal charges, but some of the most common include:
- Federal drug crimes: Some drug-related offenses can be charged as federal crimes, including drug trafficking and distribution, drug manufacturing, and drug possession with intent to distribute. Larger drug operations and those that cross state lines or international borders are more likely to face federal charges, as well as those who provide drugs to minors.
- Fraud: Certain types of fraud are also considered federal offenses. This includes mail fraud, wire fraud, tax fraud or tax evasion, securities fraud and investment schemes, healthcare and Medicare or Medicaid fraud, and identity theft.
- White collar crimes: In addition to fraud, other white collar crimes like embezzlement, racketeering and organized crime, money laundering, and campaign finance violations can also be considered federal offenses.
- Computer-related offenses: A person who hacks, damages, or threatens to damage a computer belonging to the government or a bank, or who uses a computer to commit fraud or espionage may be charged with a federal crime.
- Obstruction of justice: Interfering with a federal investigation or criminal proceeding can result in additional federal charges.
What Should I Do if I Am Charged With a Federal Crime?
If you are under federal investigation, or if you have already been charged with a crime, it is important to hire an attorney who can help you handle the process to avoid potentially incriminating yourself or incurring additional charges. We will ensure that your constitutional rights are protected and help you prepare for a trial or testimony before a federal grand jury, and we will represent you during these proceedings to provide you with the best possible defense.
Contact a Wisconsin Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
The attorneys at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP have extensive experience defending clients who are facing criminal charges, and we are committed to helping you protect your rights and avoid the harsh penalties that often come with a conviction. Contact a Milwaukee federal crime defense lawyer today at 414-271-1440.