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Your Assertive Defense Against Federal Charges

The criminal justice system handles federal crimes very differently than it does state crimes. From the initial investigation to the sentencing phase, federal crimes receive even more scrutiny and punishment. If you face federal criminal charges, your best chance of avoiding a severe criminal sentence is to work with a strong defense attorney like the ones at Ramos & Del Cueto.

At Ramos & Del Cueto, our team members combine years of experience with proven track records of positive outcomes. We have achieved numerous not guilty verdicts, dismissed charges and reduced sentences. At every stage of your case, we mount an aggressive defense designed to secure a bright future for you.

What Are Some Examples Of Federal Crimes?

State crimes are offenses that violate state laws. Similarly, federal crimes are offenses that violate federal laws. Some of the most common federal charges include:

  • Drug trafficking
  • Weapons offenses
  • Immigration violations
  • Fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Embezzlement
  • Tax evasion
  • Drug conspiracies
  • Alien smuggling
  • Wire fraud

No matter which federal charge you face, it is critical to have a strong defense. It could mean the difference between freedom and a jail sentence.

Mandatory Minimum Sentences: What To Know

Many federal offenses are subject to mandatory minimum sentencing, which means that judges have very little discretion when assigning a sentence. As a result, a nonviolent offender with no previous record may suffer disproportionately harsh consequences. If you have been charged with a crime that carries a mandatory minimum sentence, your best chance of avoiding the harsh penalty is to have an attorney defend you tenaciously.

What Makes An Offense A Federal Charge?

State charges violate Texas law, while federal charges violate federal law. Because some state and federal laws intersect, offenses that seem similar may result in different charges.

Which Entities Investigate And Handle Federal Crimes?

The body that handles a federal investigation varies based on the nature of the offense. Various U.S. government agencies handle federal crimes, including:

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • The Drug Enforcement Administration
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • The Secret Service
  • The Internal Revenue Service
  • The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

These agencies and administrations are incredibly powerful, and they devote significant resources to their investigations.

What Are Sentencing Guidelines, And How Will They Affect Me?

Judges do have discretion when it comes to these sentences. Calculating sentencing guidelines is very complex and you will need an attorney that has extensive experience in federal sentencing law. If you face a criminal charge that is subject to sentencing guidelines, you must make every effort to avoid an unfairly harsh sentence.

What Should I Do If The Authorities Want To Talk To Me?

If the police or another law enforcement agency wants to interview you, you should refuse. Under the Fifth Amendment, you do not have to provide any information that may incriminate you, even inadvertently. Instead, talk with an attorney.

Reach Out To Speak With An Attorney Today

We are ready to defend you against even the most severe of federal charges. When you contact Ramos & Del Cueto, we will put you in touch with one of our lawyers straightaway. You will not have to wait to schedule an appointment. An attorney – not a paralegal or an assistant – will speak with you immediately. To reach us, simply call 210-761-6004 or send us an email.