Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys in Raleigh

Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys Fighting for You

Federal criminal cases are often complex with severe penalties, and federal charges can be more difficult to defend. Unlike local and state cases, federal investigators and prosecutors have large teams and access to unlimited resources, and they will stop at nothing to win a conviction. If you are being investigated for a federal crime or have spoken to investigators, it’s essential to your future to secure effective legal representation.

To fight back against federal charges, you need an aggressive federal criminal defense attorney in Raleigh with years of experience and comprehensive legal knowledge. At Sandman, Finn, & Fitzhugh, we bring over 50 years of combined experience to the courtroom. More importantly, our attorneys spent years as prosecutors and Wake County Assistant District Attorneys. This gives us the insight and perspective necessary to provide our clients with the most effective legal defense strategy.

Why You Need a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

Federal crimes are any act that is considered illegal by U.S. federal legislation and outlined mainly in Title 18 of the United States Code. In addition to unique crimes that only fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government, it is also important to realize that almost any state crime can be handed over to the federal government. This is especially if the alleged crime occurred across state lines or evidence has crossed state lines. While the federal government often allows the states to handle most cases, they take great care to choose the cases they investigate and prosecute. If they begin or take over an investigation, the charges that result are often much more serious.

Once federal investigators and prosecutors are involved in a case, it’s essential to contact a criminal defense attorney who is knowledgeable of federal crimes. Federal sentencing guidelines are often much more strict and severe than state or local sentencing, including lengthy prison sentences and higher fines. The sooner you secure legal representation, the sooner your attorney can build a stronger defense strategy and resolve your case.

Types of Federal Criminal Charges

While most people think of federal criminal charges as being primarily “white collar” crimes committed by older people, in fact, that is only a small portion of the charges we defend our clients against. A break down of federal criminal cases in the Eastern District of North Carolina (including Wake County) shows that in 2018:

  • 29 percent of cases were drug related, primarily crack cocaine, heroin, and powder cocaine;
  • Nearly 21 percent of cases were related to firearm possession or usage;
  • 15 percent of cases dealt with immigration
  • Less than 10 percent of cases were related to fraud, theft, or embezzlement – traditionally white collar crimes.

The idea that those charged with federal crimes are older defendants is also incorrect. In the same time period over 85 percent of defendants were between the ages of 20 and 49. Among those, over a third were 29 and under.

Our team of dedicated, experienced federal criminal defense attorneys can defend you against the following charges:

White collar and Financial Crimes

  • Tax evasion and tax fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Wire fraud, including money transfers done via internet or computer
  • Mail fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Insurance fraud, including Medicare and Medicaid
  • Anti-trust crimes
  • Money laundering
  • RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) related to organized crime
  • Identity theft

Additional Federal Crimes

  • Drug trafficking and conspiracy
  • Child pornography
  • Kidnapping (also transporting a minor across state lines)
  • Bank robbery
  • Animal cruelty under the PACT Act
  • Human trafficking
  • Civil rights violations, including hate crimes
  • Threats against government officials
  • Gun charges, including moving guns across state lines
  • Prescription fraud

Federal law covers such a large scope, it’s necessary to secure advice and representation from experienced federal criminal defense attorneys in Raleigh who can act quickly to build an aggressive defense.

Federal Criminal Defense Jurisdiction

Our team serves of all Wake County, in addition to the Eastern District of North Carolina which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Raleigh
  • Fayetteville
  • Fort Bragg
  • Elizabethtown
  • Clinton
  • Rocky Mount
  • Wilson
  • Greenville
  • Goldsboro
  • Lumberton
  • Whiteville
  • Henderson
  • Oxford

We also serve defendants in the Durham area and the Middle District of North Carolina, including, but not limited to:

  • Chapel Hill
  • Hillsborough
  • Roxboro
  • Mebane
  • Burlington
  • Greensboro
  • Pittsboro

Contact Our Raleigh Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you’re under investigation, have been charged with a federal crime, or have other causes for concern, it is essential to your future to secure aggressive, experienced legal defense as soon as possible. At Sandman, Finn, & Fitzhugh, our attorneys bring a combined half-century of legal experience to our clients along with the unique insight that comes from practicing as a prosecuting attorney.

We are dedicated to providing comprehensive defense strategies, from investigation and evidence gathering to witness interviews and jury selection to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your future. Contact our team today to schedule a legal consultation by calling us at (919) 887-8040 to schedule your free initial consultation today.