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Violations of federal criminal laws are prosecuted in federal court. Unlike state criminal prosecutions, federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors have lighter caseloads and almost unlimited resources at their disposal. You need a DC federal criminal lawyer with the resources to defend you in these high-stakes situation.

If you are convicted of a federal offense, you could be facing a long sentence in federal prison, high fines and possibly restitution. Most of these violations also carry heavy professional and social stigma, meaning that even being charged could become a life-altering event. Make sure you have the right attorney for your case.

Why You Need a DC Federal Criminal Attorney

Federal criminal violations sometimes include high-level drug offenses or white-collar crimes: crimes dealing with individual financial gain.  These crimes are investigated by federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, DEA, ATF, IRS or SEC.  The justice department is responsible for prosecuting these cases, meaning that a trial for a violation of federal law can be an intimidating experience.

These prosecutors and law enforcement agencies generally have more resources available to them and smaller caseloads than do their counterparts on the state and local levels. Federal law enforcement agents are highly trained to handle very specific types of criminal offenses such as drug crimes, human trafficking, child pornography, and conspiracy violations. This is why it is crucial for you to have competent and aggressive legal representation to protect your interests.

If you have been charged with a violation of federal law, or if you have learned that you are the target of a federal investigation, contact DC federal criminal lawyer Jason Kalafat as soon as possible to find out more about the services he can provide. He has the experience and knowledge to handle these cases with the care and skill that they require.

White-Collar Crimes

The term “white-collar” is a little misleading because it makes these crimes seem less important or severe than the crimes prosecuted on the state level. The truth is that the federal government takes these crimes very seriously, and the punishments that accompany a conviction can be extremely damaging. White-collar crime is any nonviolent commercial or business crime in which a suspect seeks a financial gain through some type of fraudulent scheme or behavior. The federal government takes white collar crime seriously, and has committed ample resources to investigate and prosecute such crimes. If you have been charged with a white collar crime, it is important that you consult with a DC federal criminal lawyer who can walk you through your options and who has sufficient resources to represent you against the U.S. government.

Common federal white-collar crimes include but are not limited to:

Federal Penalties and Consequences

Federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors treat white-collar crimes and other federal law violations as serious offenses. White-collar crimes are seen as having the potential to destroy businesses and families who may fall victim to the fraudulent activities and schemes of white-collar criminals. Because of this, the penalties and consequences for those individuals convicted of committing white-collar crimes and other federal offenses can be severe.

If you are under investigation by federal law enforcement for commission of a federal crime, your future may be in jeopardy. Penalties if convicted include but are not limited to:

  • Mandatory minimum periods of incarceration in federal prison
  • Substantial fines
  • Asset forfeiture
  • Restitution
  • Extended periods of parole supervision

Even after you have finished a court-imposed sentence, the long-term consequences of a federal conviction can continue to affect your life. The longer-lasting consequences include but are not limited to:

  • Restrictions on types of employment
  • Travel restrictions
  • Loss of professional licenses

A Federal Criminal Attorney in DC Can Help

Federal crimes often involve issues of entrapment, search and seizure, or confessions obtained from a suspect. Jason Kalafat has experience formulating defense strategies for crimes such as money laundering, that include motions attacking prosecution evidence obtained through methods that violate federal law or the U.S. Constitution. A successful challenge can end in a dismissal or a favorable plea bargain agreement involving the reduction of the charges or penalties to be imposed.

Federal criminal laws and federal rules of criminal procedure are often different and more complex than state criminal law and procedures. You need a DC federal criminal lawyer who has a healthy background defending those accused of violating federal criminal laws. Jason Kalafat has extensive knowledge of this area of the law, and is ready to put together an intelligent and aggressive strategy on your behalf.

A federal case can happen in any state. if you are facing federal charges in California, contact Glotzer and Sweat LLP.

Jason Kalafat Make a Difference Scholarship

We are very excited to announce that this year we will be offering the Jason Kalafat Make a Difference Scholarship. During his legal career, Jason Kalafat has prided himself on devoting his time to being a positive force in people’s lives, first as a Public Defender in Arizona before eventually moving to Washington, DC and entering private practice. However, Mr. Kalafat’s legal career did not start in criminal defense; it began with a stint in commercial litigation. While he felt that commercial litigation was an important part of the American legal system, it did not fully suit his desire to impact people’s lives directly, so he changed the type of law that he was practicing to one in which he could make a bigger impact. As a result of this desire to make a difference, Mr. Kalafat has created this scholarship. The scholarship will award $500 to a deserving student who puts forth a thoughtful, creative, and meaningful response to how their dream will make a necessary and practical change in the world.

More information about this scholarship can be found here.

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