Experienced Representation for Federal Criminal Charges
Being charged with a crime is always serious, but the stakes are even higher when one is facing federal charges. The federal government has more resources to build its case. Federal sentencing guidelines often translate to harsher punishment and less leeway to negotiate. It is critical that you hire legal counsel that knows how to defend you in this venue.
If you have been charged with a federal offense or if you believe the federal government is investigating you, contact the Brooklyn law firm of Schwartz & Krysinski, L.L.P. Our attorneys routinely handle federal criminal defense. We practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern and Western districts of New York, as well as Connecticut. Attorney Howard A. Schwartz has also appeared pro hac vice in federal courts of New Jersey, Delaware and elsewhere, and in criminal appellate matters before the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.Contact us to learn how our experience can be applied to try and level the playing field in your favor.
Queens and Brooklyn Federal Defense Attorney
Our experienced defense lawyers have handled a wide range of federal cases, from drug crimesand violent felonies to Medicare fraud, mail fraud/wire fraud, money laundering and racketeering. We know what to do at every stage of the case to position clients for the most favorable outcome under the circumstances.
Federal court is substantially different from state court. The talent level of law enforcement and the prosecution is better. Federal agencies often build their case for six months, a year or even three years before charges are brought. Those cases often hinge on testimony of informants and those on the lower rungs of a conspiracy.
While state prosecutors regularly resolve cases through plea bargaining, federal defendants can only make blind pleas. Judges can override any agreement between the defense and the prosecution, and in many cases federal rules prohibit reduction of charges or dictate mandatory sentences.
From nearly 25 years of experience, Howard Schwartz has an in-depth understanding of the federal sentencing guidelines and when they apply, a critical advantage as your case goes forward. For example, by invoking the “minor role” guideline in a recent fraud case, he convinced the judge to shave 28 months off of a client’s prison term.
Our goal is to avoid the sentencing guidelines altogether through early involvement in the case. For instance, the government may not decide until well into its investigation whether a particular individual will be treated as a target or a witness. We had a 19-year-old client involved in a robbery/drug conspiracy. The Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s office agreed to defer charges because of her cooperation, meaning that her future was salvaged without the cloud of a federal conviction.
Contact Our Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys
To schedule to discuss federal charges, contact our Brooklyn drug conspiracy attorneys online or call Schwartz & Krysinski, L.L.P., at 718-643-9333. We can be reached 24 hours a day at 718-208-6094 or 917-309-3678.