The Blanch Firm handles all federal cases from New York to Los Angeles, nationwide wherever our team is admitted, and through the pro hac vice admissions process. The federal government hires only the best possible lawyers. Only highly skilled and experienced federal attorneys can provide a first-class defense. Our team is comprised of former district attorneys, a former chief attorney the narcotics department, and lawyers with years of experience defending complex white collar matters. We specialize in federal government investigations and sentence mitigation. We handle all federal misdemeanors and federal felonies. Some of the most common crimes we have defended are below. For more information about a specific federal crime, please visit our Federal Crimes List page.
- Federal Weapons Charges:
Federal Weapons Charges account for about 10 percent of the total number of criminal convictions in any given year. Weapons charges can be tried as your sole charge, but they are often added to other federal charges as a way to get increased jail time or add pressure to you to plead out. These charges encompass everything from possessing the firearm without an appropriate permit, to distributing or selling firearms illegally. It is illegal to conduct transactions involving firearms across state lines unless you are a federally licensed firearms dealer.
o Arms Export Control Act: In addition to defending individuals charged with federal weapons charges for purchasing guns across state boundaries illegally, we defend those charged under the Arms Export Control Act (22 USC 39), wherein it limits the export of military weapons, equipment, and services. This Act is incredibly complex and carries a serious sentence for convictions – up to 20 years in prison.
Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing areas of law, and one that the federal government prosecutes with increasing frequency. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1984 (18 USCA 1030) is the statute that is most frequently used by the government to prosecute computer crimes. It is incredibly broad and has 7 actions classified as ‘computer crimes,’ including computer trespassing, committing fraud with a computer and damaging a protected computer (such as with a virus). Of course, other crimes fall within this purview, most notably child pornography. Our firm has vast experience in defending clients alleged of cybercrime.
- Federal Appeals:
In addition to defending clients at the initial trial level, we offer appellate services for those who have been convicted. The appeals process is complex, but crucial, as it could be the last chance to avoid heavy fines or jail time. Our firm has a dedicated team of lawyers who focus only on appeals. This is necessary because an appellate case operates differently than a trial level case. We have lawyers with a different set of skills who can dedicate their time to thoroughly review and research any criminal appeals matter.
- White Collar Crimes:
The Blanch Law firm frequently defends well-known professionals accused of white-collar crimes. Investigations of white collar crimes operate differently from that of basic crimes. Our team understands the complexities of a federal investigation, and can anticipate the strategy of the prosecution and its law enforcement agencies. On top of criminal charges, federal prosecutors will also often file civil charges. We have experience defending clients facing both. We also understand the consequences of white-collar criminal charges – clients not only have to worry about the defense in court, but their reputations could be tarnished simply by being accused. With that in mind, we work to quickly and discretely resolve cases.
- Federal Blackmail and Extortion:
Federal Blackmail and Extortion can be charged under various statutes, including the Hobbs Act, the Violent Crime Control, and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, and those under 18 USC Chapter 41, among others. Our firm has defended multiple types of blackmail and extortion charges. Blackmail charges carry sentences of up to five years, as well as significant fines. In general, the prosecution will need to prove that the defendant knowingly made a threat to damage a person, property or a person’s reputation in order to obtain money or other property from the victim. Our team is experienced in undermining the prosecution’s case for blackmail charges.
- Federal Healthcare and Insurance Fraud:
Federal Healthcare and Insurance Fraud is massively expensive for the federal government. As a result, they have started focusing heavily on investigating and prosecuting healthcare professionals they believe are defrauding the health care system and insurers. There are a plethora of agencies involved in healthcare investigations, and our team has experience in dealing with all of them, from the FBI to CMS and the DEA. We also understand that for our professional clients, a conviction could mean the loss or suspension of their license to practice medicine or nursing, on top of any jail time and fines they face. Having a smart and savvy defense attorney on your side could affect your livelihood.
- Investment Fraud:
Investment fraud charges hit our New York clients hard, and we are prepared to defend them every step of the way, from embezzlement to Ponzi schemes. Investment fraud often involves multiple other crimes, which would require an intelligent and driven attorney to defend, including bribery, extortion or money laundering. Securities crimes are covered by a veritable spider web of legislation that is often complex. Our team has studied these statutes and knows how the government will prosecute defendants under them.
- Federal Money Laundering:
Federal Money Laundering is a charge that accompanies other white collar crimes, particularly tax fraud, investment fraud, and federal drugs charges. We have had money laundering charges dismissed entirely or negotiated a sentence for our clients that avoid jail-time completely. The Bank Secrecy Act is the statute primarily used by the government to prosecute money laundering; however, the Tax Code, and the Money Laundering Control Act of 1986 can all be used to charge someone with this crime. Our attorneys have an understanding of all of them.
o Tax Fraud includes anything from failure to file a tax return, falsifying documents, or failing to pay what is owed to the federal government. The IRS takes tax fraud very seriously - in fact, once the investigating authority decides to recommend that a case be prosecuted, the conviction rate is nearly 100%. Our firm understands how tax audits and investigations work. You have the right to have an attorney present for any interviews with the IRS, and the sooner you have a defense attorney on your side, the better off you are. We have a history of developing strong defenses for our clients who have been accused of tax evasion or defrauding the government using complex off-shore schemes. We understand the intricacies of a tax prosecution and obtain the best possible results for our clients.
- Federal investigations:
We offer representation and guidance to anyone who is under investigation by a federal agency. The earlier an individual can get a defense attorney involved, the better the outcome usually is. You should treat tax audits or healthcare investigations as a criminal investigation, and ensure you have a competent defense attorney at your side to prepare you for interviews and review any evidence, as well as give you sound legal advice and be a voice of reason. We also specialize in civil and regulatory proceedings that intersect our criminal work, including actions involving the SEC, the DOJ, and even the FCC.
- Drug Crimes:
Drug crimes are far and away the most commonly prosecuted case in federal court. Close to one-third of all cases in federal court are drug crimes. Of those, nearly 90% involve drug trafficking offenses. Methamphetamines are one of the most common drugs involved, although opiates and prescription painkillers are most likely on the rise. Drug crimes often involve other charges – weapons charges were also charged in over 15% of cases, and depending on the circumstances and scope, money laundering or RICO charges can be added. Our firm can handle any level of drug crime, from a minor possession charge to major drug trafficking schemes.
o Distribution and manufacturing charges are fairly complex drug charges. Our team is comprised of several former district attorneys, including a former Chief of the Narcotics Bureau. We are poised to undercut the strategy of the prosecution when it comes to drug charges. Punishment for these crimes differ based on the amount and type of narcotic involved, to whom the narcotic was sold (such as a minor), as well as the scale of the operation involved. Our firm has a comprehensive understanding of the various drug statutes and accompanying sentencing guidelines to develop a defense tailored to your situation.
o Federal drug trafficking carries some of the heaviest prison sentences of all the crimes we defend. A person who manufactures, distributes, dispenses or possesses a drug with the intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense will be committing an offense of drug trafficking. The ‘trafficking’ aspect is triggered when an individual is in possession of more than a set amount of the prohibited narcotic. The Drug Enforcement Agency is the primary investigative arm that pursues cases of drug trafficking. While there are no longer mandatory sentences, the federal sentencing guidelines are still heavily relied upon by federal judges and prosecutors. Our firm has experience in defending against trafficking charges, which could be crucial in obtaining a reduced or suspended sentence, or in dismissing the charges entirely.
o Drug possession can be either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the kind of narcotic and the surrounding circumstances. They all carry significant punishment: Even simple drug possession, a misdemeanor, carries a sentence of prison for up to one year and/or fined up to $1,000.00. Our team has successfully defended against both. Most federal drug offenses are charged under 21 USC 841 (Prohibited Acts) which is a complex and convoluted statute. The lawyers at Blanch Law Firm are well-versed in each provision and clause of this statute, prepared to aggressively defend their clients for all manner of drug possession charges
- Federal Commercial Litigation:
Federal commercial litigation focuses on the crimes committed by both individuals and companies in the corporate sector. These crimes often involve millions of dollars, investigations extend for years, and the amount of paperwork to review can be staggering. Our firm has the resources and skills to defend against commercial crimes. We have represented everyone from individuals accused of embezzling from their company to international airlines involved in antitrust matters.
o Federal Antitrust and Trade became an area of increased focus after the economic crash of 2008. As a result, we have spent the last decade honing our skills in defending clients from the moment they are under investigation up through trial. Antitrust litigation involves multiple statutes, from the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, and the Federal Trade Commission Act. Most of these statutes emphasize bans on unfair methods of competition or unfair trade. The penalties for violating these laws can be severe, often up to 10 years in prison and significant fines. We have defended individuals accused of violating all of these laws, from cross-border interstate violations to massive, international schemes involving multi-billion dollar companies. Our firm does its homework and works doggedly to ensure we have prepared the best available defense for our clients.
o Civil RICO- although we are a criminal defense firm, we also defend clients accused of civil RICO matters. RICO means Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and allows judges to award triple damages in a successful private action. These cases are complex and can cost companies involved millions of dollars in fines and attorney's fees. Civil RICO statute 18 USC 1964 also covers related crimes, such as mail fraud, extortion, and even witness tampering. The scope of these matters is large and carries collateral consequences that only an elite defense team would be able to anticipate and challenge
o Labor and Employment Matters also fall within our purview of defense cases. We have helped companies successfully defend against allegations of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, and EEOC standards. We encourage corporations and supervisors to be proactive to avoid defense lawsuits entirely, by advising human resources boards with legal counsel for employment benefit issues, wages and executive compensation, and white collar criminal pitfalls. Because white collar crime almost always carries civil penalties as well, our defense attorneys have made it a priority to prepare for the defense of both the civil and criminal aspects of federal commercial lawsuits.
- Defending All Federal Crimes:
Our team defends clients nationally, for a scope of crimes that is outmatched. We have defended individuals charged with simple misdemeanor drug possessions and international, multi-billion dollar businesses accused of complex commercial fraud. For a full list and more information on the crimes and cases, we have successfully defended against, check out our list below. If you need an experienced and competent team on your side, get in touch with the Blanch Law Firm today.