Federal Crimes Defense In West Palm Beach

Federal Crimes attorney, west palm beach

When facing criminal charges, it’s critical to secure the right legal representation. This is especially true if you’ve been charged with a federal crime.

Federal offenses tend to be more aggressively investigated and prosecuted than state crimes and carry stiffer penalties.

To maximize your chances at beating the charges against you or at the very least mitigating any potential negative consequences, you need to hire an effective federal crimes defense attorney who knows the federal criminal justice system inside and out.

Michael T. Rabideau regularly tries cases in the U.S. District of Southern Florida

The US District of Southern Florida includes federal courts in West Palm Beach, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. He is well-versed in the various federal criminal statutes and federal procedures which govern these types of crimes and knows how the federal sentencing guidelines operate.

Federal criminal investigations are typically lengthy and complex and you can expect the federal government to dedicate extensive resources and manpower to your case. Having a competent legal advocate by your side will level the playing field and help to ensure your rights are protected.

Taking immediate action will increase the likelihood of achieving a favorable outcome. If you have been arrested or believe you are the target of a federal criminal investigation, call the Law Office of Michael T. Rabideau to schedule a free consultation.

State vs. Federal Court Cases in Florida

A federal crime, as opposed to a state crime, is a crime in which the U.S. government, not the state of Florida is alleging criminal behavior. These crimes are investigated by federal law enforcement agencies like the FBI.

The cases are prosecuted in federal court by the United States Attorney. In contrast, state crimes arise from violations of state law and fall under the purview of local police officers, county sheriffs, and the Florida Highway Patrol. These cases are tried in state courts by the county’s State Attorney.

The consequences of being convicted for a federal crime are likely to be much harsher than a conviction on a state charge. Prison terms are usually longer, and mandatory minimum sentences are imposed for certain offenses like drug trafficking.

Fines can reach outrageous amounts and you may be required to pay restitution to victim/s. Your assets can even be seized if it can be proved they were used in the commission of the crime. Having a criminal record can have a devastating impact on your life for years to come.  

Common U.S. Investigative Agencies Involved in a Federal Case

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the IRS
  • Secret Service
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Postal Service
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
  • Customs

What Constitutes a Federal Crime?

The federal government exercises jurisdiction over criminal matters when:

  • actions violate a Federal criminal law
  • the alleged crime took place on federal property such as a federal courthouse, federal park or military base
  • the victim is a federal official
  • the alleged crime took place in multiple states or involved interstate commerce such as kidnapping, drug trafficking or sending child pornography over the Internet.

Types of Federal Charges in South Florida

The Law Offices of Michael T. Rabideau, P.A has successfully defended federal criminal charges listed in Title 18 of the United States Code, some of which include:

White Collar/Financial Crimes

  • Racketeering (RICO)
  • Bank Fraud
  • Mail Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Money Laundering
  • Identity Theft
  • Tax Evasion

Violent Crimes:

  • Homicide
  • Felony murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Weapons charges/armed robbery

Sex Crimes

  • Internet-related crimes such as child pornography and Internet/online solicitation
  • Sexual assault

Drug Crimes

  • Importing
  • Trafficking
  • possessing, producing, trafficking, selling drugs

Immigration violations

  • illegal immigration
  • human trafficking
  • harboring illegal immigrants and other violations of U.S. laws regarding non-citizens.

If you have been charged with a federal crime or are under suspicion it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as early as possible.  To schedule a free consultation with Michael, call his office today:  (561) 820-4848