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Federal Crimes & Sentencing

Criminal Defense Lawyers Help You Understand Federal Crimes and Sentencing

Receive competent defense guidance from a New York City legal team with 45 years of combined experience

When you are charged with a state crime (either a misdemeanor or a felony), you need to hire a lawyer who practices criminal defense. Similarly, if you are charged with a federal crime, you need an attorney who has experience representing clients accused of federal offenses. Our legal team at Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld, LLP has extensive experience practicing criminal law in New York City. We can quickly review the facts of your case and assist you in building a well-planned, effective defense strategy.

Types of federal crimes

Unlike state crimes, federal crimes are handled by the federal government. If you are convicted of a federal crime, you face incarceration in a federal prison. In addition to white collar crimes such as  mail fraud, wire fraud and tax fraud, federal crimes include:

  • Public corruption crimes — Public corruption refers to a laundry list of different types of offenses. Most commonly, public corruption refers to bribing law enforcement or other public officials in return for cooperation with a drug or organized crime operation.
  • Money laundering crimes — Money laundering is the transferring of money used in criminal activity. Individuals accused of money laundering face harsh penalties and may have property and assets seized.
  • Healthcare crimes — A plethora of methods are being used today to defraud Medicare and other healthcare programs. The penalties you face depend on the circumstances of your case. If you are prosecuted under the False Claims Act, for example, you face up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 (for an individual) or $500,000 (for a corporation).
  • Racketeering crimes — Racketeering involves the operation of an illegal business for your own personal profit. Racketeering commonly describes organized crime activities. For each violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute, you could face up to 20 years per offense.

The above is not a comprehensive list of federal offenses. If you are charged with one of these or any federal crime, immediately seek help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

What are federal sentencing guidelines?

Put into effect in 1987, the federal sentencing guidelines were established to create a uniform policy for sentencing defendants who are convicted under the federal court system. The guidelines essentially determine sentencing based on the conduct associated with the offense the defendant is accused of committing, and the criminal history of the defendant. Additionally, there are 43 offense levels. Sentencing guidelines are designed to reduce the disparity in sentencing.

A federal defense lawyer can protect your rights

If you or a loved one faces federal charges, you need highly professional, experienced defense counsel. We at Bernfeld, DeMatteo & Bernfeld, LLP will devote our time, energy and resources toward helping you fight back. To schedule a free consultation with a skilled attorney at our firm, call us by phone at 646-880-4689 or contact us online.