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Federal Criminal Defense

My law office can also assist clients with federal criminal defense. I am licensed to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The conviction rate in Federal Court is astonishing. Statistics show that Defendants are rarely acquitted in Federal Court. This is mainly due to the fact that the United States Attorney’s Office, the FBI, DEA, IRS and other federal agencies have resources that state agencies do not. Combine this with the fact that “the feds” typically take over state cases that are considered “slam dunks” and involve some form of surveillance or wiretap. As a result, defendants are usually forced to cooperate with authorities and serve as a witness for the government against co-defendants in exchange for a reduced sentence.

It is Possible to Beat a Federal Prosecution with the Right Attorney!

A few skilled trial attorneys can overcome these hurdles and actually beat a federal case at trial. Government witnesses in federal court are usually biased because they are receiving “a plea deal” in exchange for their cooperation. A good attorney can cross-examine the witness as to his or her bias in the case and make the witness’s testimony appear unreliable. Unlike the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence, the Federal Rules of Evidence allow an attorney can bring up any prior untruthful acts in federal court. The cross examining attorney can dig deep into a witness’s history utilizing falsification of loan applications, mortgage applications, tax returns, employment applications, business applications and prior perjury.

Please contact my office if you or someone you know has been charged in Federal Court.

Examples of federal criminal charges that I will defend include:

  • Child Pornography
  • Computer Crimes
  • Federal Drug Charges
    • Drug trafficking
    • Possession with intent to sell
    • Manufacturing
  • Federal Weapons Charges
    • Possession or use in a federal facility
    • Possession of stolen firearms
    • Interstate transportation of firearms
    • Possession of a firearm by a prohibited individual
    • Gun charges related to drugs
    • Illegal weapons sales
  • Homicide
  • Corruption
  • White Collar & Antitrust Crimes
  • Fraud
    • Healthcare Fraud
    • Tax Fraud
    • Misappropriation
  • Conspiracy