Did you make a mistake? Are you worried about a decision you may or may not have made that resulted in the government knocking on your door? Are you afraid that you merely put yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time? With all their official-sounding language and generally stern tone, it is very normal to feel scared, anxious and frustrated right now. All my clients come to me feeling that way at first. You're in the right place, but you need to act now to protect your rights and preserve your good name and reputation.
Whether you have come under investigation, received a target letter or have been arrested and charged with a Federal crime, you need the assistance of criminal defense lawyer that understands the Federal system and will fight to protect your rights, help you protect your good name and limit your exposure to harsh consequences. We are here to help. Get started by filling out our contact form or by calling our office, (305) 707-7345, to schedule your 4-Point Case Evaluation and Defense Strategy Session.
Federal Criminal Charges Are Serious and Life-Altering
With a conviction rate that is well over 90%, Federal criminal charges should not be taken lightly. There is no such thing as a minor criminal charge in Federal court. Criminal convictions can carry severe consequences. In addition to the very real possibility of prison time and supervised released (probation), the repercussions from a Federal criminal conviction can touch all aspects of your life. If convicted, you can face:
- Large fines
- Large amounts of restitution that must be repaid
- Forfeiture of money and property
- Loss of employment
- Loss of professional licensing
- Loss of income
- Time away from family
- Financial strain on your family
Being convicted of a Federal crime can have far-reaching consequences, not just for you—but for family, friends and business partners. Many people charged with a Federal crime have never had a run-in with the law. They are educated, honest, hard-working people that have built up their reputation and their good name through the years. The Izquierdo Law Firm can help, but it is important to act quickly to protect your rights and preserve your reputation.
Quick Action is Necessary to Protect Your Rights and Preserve Your Reputation
Even if you are not charged with a crime, simply being contacted by federal investigators (i.e. target letter or request for interview and questioning), is a clear indication that you need an attorney. (Here's some advice on How to Hire an Attorney).
If possible, it is best to contact a lawyer prior to being arrested and before an indictment or information has been filed by the government. The earlier that your attorney can begin investigating your case and speaking with the Assistant United States Attorney, the greater likelihood of success in minimizing the very strict and inflexible consequences typical in Federal criminal cases.
Federal Cases Are Complex
Whether it is something as seemingly trivial as posting bond, or the more difficult task of calculating the advisory sentencing guideline range for a given case, the Federal criminal system is extremely complex. Knowing and understanding the difference between pretrial release options and bond types, or how certain crimes could affect someone’s sentencing guideline range is critical in providing adequate representation that will help you maximize your chances for success.
This is where having an attorney become involved as quickly as possible can help you avoid harsher consequences on the backend of a case. An attorney that understands the Federal criminal system and the sentencing guidelines can work to lessen your exposure prior to charges being filed.
Once charges are filed, understanding how to analyze evidence, holding the government accountable by investigating whether there is any wrongdoing or irregularity, and contacting the U.S. Attorney’s office on our client’s behalf gives us the possibility of obtaining the best possible result for our clients.
Types of Federal Cases Our Law Firm Handles
The Izquierdo Law Firm represents good people in Federal court in many different types of cases. Daniel Izquierdo can understand the serious nature of criminal charges in Federal court and strives to prepare the best, most complete defense possible for those charged with:
- Financial crimes – Often referred to as white-collar crimes, these are non-violent crimes that result in a financial loss for the alleged victim. Examples of financial crimes include money laundering, forgery, embezzlement, wire fraud, mail fraud, credit card fraud, credit card theft, identity theft, aggravated identity theft, bank fraud, income tax evasion, excise tax evasion, racketeering/RICO charges, public corruption, bribery, Ponzi and pyramid schemes.
- Healthcare fraud – Whether it be for fraud pertaining to Medicare or Medicaid, healthcare fraud is aggressively prosecuted and oftentimes harshly punished in Federal court. Healthcare fraud crimes typically deal with overbilling, billing for services not rendered to patients and providing kickbacks in connection thereto.
- Drug charges – Federal drug crimes involve those offenses relating to possession, trafficking, manufacturing, importation, and more. Additionally, drug charges can be brought for a variety of narcotics, from marijuana to cocaine to prescription drugs to anabolic steroids.
- Mortgage Fraud – Real estate and mortgage fraud charges those relating to falsifying loan documents, using straw buyers, over-reporting assets, foreclosure fraud, inflating income, illegal underwriting and more.
You against the United States Government
Federal criminal cases are thoroughly investigated, over long periods of time, by federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, IRS, DEA, ATF and Customs and Border Patrol. The U.S. Attorney’s office has seemingly unlimited resources at its disposal and very experienced law enforcement officers on its side.
Unlike cases in state court, Federal cases rarely resolve via negotiated plea in the traditional sense. Federal criminal convictions can carry lengthy prison sentences without the possibility of parole, long periods of supervised release (probation), large fines and asset forfeiture that can leave you with nothing.
Federal cases are extremely complex and you must be able to understand how the federal sentencing guidelines work and how they will affect you. A good strategy of defense takes that into account in order to give you the best chance of resolving your case in the best possible manner. By getting started on your defense as soon as possible, your attorney may be able to negotiate a reduction in charges in order to limit your exposure and ultimately argue that your case warrants a departure from the sentencing guidelines.
If you are here today because you feel frustrated about being under federal investigation or about being charged with a federal crime and it is disrupting your life, we should talk. Set up a free 4-Point Case Evaluation and Defense Strategy Session with me by first calling (305) 707-7345. The sooner we talk, the sooner you will have clarity on what you face—and just a little clarity can take away a lot of the stress.