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Federal Crimes: They are serious and you need a serious experienced attorney to handle them.

In federal court, judges must consider the "advisory guidelines" in fashioning an appropriate sentence.  The guidelines are complicated and require an in-depth knowledge to correctly apply the calculations.  After the facts of the case are applied to the law, a guideline range is reached.  The US Sentencing Table shows the possible ranges the judges will consider.

Federal Cases include a multitude of alleged crimes, but the general categories are:

Drugs:  In federal court, drug charges are mostly limited to "trafficking" type crimes, i.e., manufacture, growing, distribution, or possession with the intent to distribute. And of course, conspiracy to commit any of these trafficking crimes.

Child pornography/enticement:  Federal jurisdiction can be had on these type of crimes if a computer, recorder, camera, film, disks, etc., was involved.  Needless to say, it is almost impossible for possession of child pornography to not involve one of these mediums, so jurisdiction is almost always possible if the US Attorney chooses to prosecute these crimes.

Fraud:  In federal court, fraud centers in large part on the use of a bank, wire or the mail.  Meaning, if any of these mediums was “used,” then a case may have federal jurisdiction.  In that in this day, it is impossible to conduct business without the use of a bank, the mail or wire (phone, fax, computer, etc), many cases can fall under federal jurisdiction if the US Attorney chooses to prosecute it federally.  Also, remember that criminal prosecutions can evolve from agency investigations i.e., Department of Labor, EPA, IRS, Immigration, Medicaid/Medicare and Social Security investigations.  These type of investigations can, and frequently do, escalate to criminal prosecutions.

Guns:  These charges are typically directed at firearm possession by "prohibited individuals."  Prohibited persons include: felons, persons subject to Protection Orders, persons with domestic violence convictions (including misdemeanors), unlawful users of drugs and the mentally incompetent. Gun related charges are also filed when the prosecutor alleges the use of a firearm in relation to a drug crime or a crime of violence.

Obstruction:  Lying to a federal agent, witness tampering, perjury, etc., are all types of federal obstruction of justice crimes.  It is easy to misspeak to law enforcement.  Agents rarely record interviews with their "subjects."  When you speak with a federal agent, your statements could be misinterpreted and the agent could conclude you have lied to her.  If they do, that constitutes a federal crime, a felony.  ALWAYS REMEMBER, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY BEFORE SPEAKING WITH AUTHORITIES.

Immigration:  These cases generally target employers alleged to illegally hire or harbor illegal aliens or target the immigrant himself for illegal entry or illegal reentry to the United States.

20 years Experience
Criminal Trial and Appellate Practice
             
Federal, State and Municipal Courts

Law Office of Nancy Graven Price, P.C.
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Springfield, MO 65804

Phone:  (417) 447-6874
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