Leading Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers in San Diego, California
At the Griffin Law Office, APC, our criminal defense attorney in San Diego knows that when our clients have been charged with a federal crime, the U.S. Government has done their due diligence to bring them to justice for their alleged roles in their cases.
While the severity of federal crimes is often aggressively implied by intimidation from the agency that has launched the investigation against you, the reality is, federal charges can have a major impact on your life and the lives of your loved ones — even when it is still in the preliminary stages.
We understand that federal criminal charges have a devastating way of replacing our client’s integrity and dignity with panic and fear, but you do not have to face the unknown and unimaginable alone.
And leaving your case to chance by partnering with an attorney who has never been inside a federal courtroom could mean the difference in your freedom.
Not all criminal defense attorneys are equipped to handle federal criminal cases in California.
How can we help you return your case to state court, so you can breathe a sigh of relief?
Why Am I Being Charged with a Federal Crime in California?
At the Griffin Law Office, APC, our skilled federal crimes attorney in San Diego explains to each of our clients that a crime becomes a federal offense when it violates U.S. federal or multiple state laws and will be tried in a federal court before a federal judge.
Common federal crimes may include, but are not limited to:
- Copyright theft
- Drug trafficking
- Firearm offenses
- Healthcare fraud
- Identity theft
- Immigration-related offenses
- Money laundering
- Sex crimes
- Wire, bank, or tax fraud
In addition, any crime committed on federal property or against a federal representative will also be charged as a federal crime.
To understand the extent of your federal charges, and the evidence the U.S. Attorney’s Office has to use against you, contact our skilled San Diego federal crimes attorney today to discuss your case.
Our skilled San Diego criminal defense attorney represents clients in the following practice areas:
- Assault & Battery
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Crimes
- Driving Under the Influence
- White Collar & Fraud Crimes
- Juvenile Crimes
- Professional Licensing Defense
- Sex Crimes
- Theft & Burglary
Why Wasn’t I Informed I Was Under Federal Investigation?
Federal detectives often use covert investigations, resources, and methods to build their cases before the accused is even aware of their investigation. These methods may include wiretapping, tape-recording discussions with a complicit party using a wire, and a range of other techniques to protect the Government’s interest.
A federal agency is under no legal commitment to notify a suspect that they are investigating him or her for any reason.
However, it is fair to say, if you have been charged with a federal crime in California, the government agency that is pursuing those charges has done its homework.
The serious nature of federal crimes, as well as the differences between state and federal court systems, requires you to be represented by a federal criminal defense attorney in San Diego who has experience on both the local and federal levels. We can help.
Can I Be Charged with a State and Federal Crime at the Same Time in California?
It is absolutely possible to be charged at the state and federal levels for the very same criminal activity.
For example, transferring amounts of methamphetamine from San Diego County to Orange County is a state felony. But, if an individual carried methamphetamines from California to Nevada, he or she has crossed federal borders between states, implying that a trafficking charge is now a federal criminal offense.
This person could also be facing state felony trafficking charges for carrying drugs throughout county lines and charges for transferring drugs throughout state lines. In that case, each charge will be dealt with independently, which can definitely complicate this person’s defense.
Understanding these types of cases and which crimes are considered federal crimes in California requires a more thorough explanation of each offense and how it may impact the government’s case against you. If a federal agency opens an investigation against you, it is crucial that you act quickly.
Many people do not understand that when dealing with federal criminal charges, the stakes are high, and their freedom is at stake. Partnering with an experienced federal San Diego criminal defense attorney like Patrick Griffin is one of the most important steps in preparing for federal charges, so you can pursue the best outcome available for your unique circumstances.
How Can the San Diego Federal Criminal Defense Attorney at the Griffin Law Office, APC Help?
Just because you have been charged with a federal crime does not mean you are guilty of committing a federal crime. Until your case is heard in court, it is not certain it will go to trial.
Our skilled San Diego federal criminal defense attorney may be able to reach an arrangement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to pursue a dismissal, reduced charges, or another alternative for your case, so together with our clients, we can make informed decisions about their futures. Should your case proceed to trial, our federal criminal defense attorney will be ready to fight.
Federal crimes often carry serious financial and legal penalties that typically include lengthy prison sentences. For example, if you are facing federal criminal charges for money laundering in San Diego County, you could be facing up to 20 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines if convicted.
Federal drug charges penalties may start at a possible 3 to 5 years in jail, depending on the factors that could be considered and the nature of the crime. In addition, there are also fines that can go up to $20,000. But, with each enhancement, such as using a minor to distribute the controlled substances, the charges work together and increase the penalties.
At the Griffin Law Office, APC, our accomplished federal criminal defense lawyer in San Diego understands the extremely emotional, psychological, and financial stress that results from being investigated, charged, or arrested for a federal crime.
When your very freedom is at stake, you need a skilled federal criminal defense attorney who is trusted to produce tangible results inside and outside the courtroom, so you can pursue the best outcome with a true legal advocate by your side.
Call us now to learn how we can help you understand the federal charges and potential penalties you face, so together we can build the best defensive legal solutions available for your unique needs.
Why Choose Our Federal Criminal Defense Attorney at the Griffin Law Office, APC in San Diego, California?
Criminal charges can bring a range of emotions, including anger, confusion, and fear that weigh so heavily on our clients that it is important to our federal defense attorney and support staff that our clients know we care about the outcome of their cases.
At the Griffin Law Office, APC, our dedicated criminal defense attorney takes pride in producing positive results for each of our clients, because at the end of the day — this is your life we are talking about.
Our talented attorney provides the trust, skill, and courtroom flair our clients need to pursue actual results.
Contact our skilled San Diego federal criminal defense attorney to learn more about your legal rights, the best way to minimize your damages, and how we accomplish favorable outcomes for each of our client’s unique needs by calling 619-269-2131 to discuss the details of your case today. Do not leave your future to chance. We can help.
Frequently Asked Questions for Our Federal Criminal Defense Attorney in San Diego
What Federal Agencies Conduct Investigations for Crimes Brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office?
Federal crimes are pursued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Department of Justice, and/or representatives from within a federal branch of government, and often begin with an investigation by federal law enforcement officials that have expertise in the field in which the alleged crime was committed.
That may include one or more of the following federal law enforcement agencies working in tandem:
- Internal Revenue Service
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- Customs and Border Protection
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- U.S. Postal Service
Do I Need a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney If I Am Only Under Investigation?
Yes. The sooner you contact an experienced federal criminal defense attorney, the earlier we can understand the extent of the investigation and the evidence the federal agency has mounted against you. Not only do you have important Constitutional rights that must be protected during the investigation stage, but our early intervention could be pivotal and drastically impact the ultimate outcome of your case.
Why Do I Need a California Criminal Defense Attorney Who Has Experience with Federal Crimes?
By nature, federal charges are generally more severe than their state counterparts and are pursued by federal agencies and their attorneys that have significant resources that may be less available to California state prosecutors. In short, federal prosecutors are going to be expertly prepared to pursue the penalties that come with your alleged crimes, so it is imperative that you have a federal criminal defense attorney by your side who is equally prepared.
Choosing a defense attorney who has never stepped foot into a federal courtroom could mean the difference between a positive outcome, and a prison sentence. If you have been charged with a federal crime, contact our skilled San Diego federal criminal defense attorney to learn more about our experience, our results, and — more importantly — how we can help you.