Federal Criminal Defense

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Federal Criminal Defense

The federal criminal defense attorneys at DSK|Law are experienced trial and appellate attorneys who have decades of experience handling a range of federal criminal cases including capital murder. DSK|Law represents clients who are under investigation, sought as a witness, or charged with a crime. We also serve as local counsel for national and international firms and attorneys not licensed to practice in Washington, D.C., and Virginia federal courts. In addition to possible incarceration, a conviction could result in immigrations consequences, loss of a security clearance, or termination from employment. Our attorneys, support staff, and investigators provide our clients with the resources necessary to effectively resolve their case and address each client’s unique concerns.

What is a Federal Criminal Case?

Federal criminal cases are usually the result of extensive criminal investigations by one or more federal law enforcement agency including the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Secret Service. Investigations are regularly coordinated with state and local police departments through multi-agency task forces. These agencies have extensive resources that are used to gather tremendous amounts of evidence and often result in mass arrests of conspiracies and racketeering operations.

What is Federal Jurisdiction?

Federal courts gain jurisdiction over criminal cases in many ways. There is federal jurisdiction if the offense occurred on land owned or controlled by the federal government, such as Washington, D.C., the Pentagon, the George Washington Parkway, and federal parks. If an offense was created by a constitutional grant of authority, the federal courts also have jurisdiction. For example, federal jurisdiction for tax evasion arises from the Tax and Spend Clause of Article I of the Constitution and the 16th Amendment dealing with income taxes. When telephone lines or the mail is used to facilitate an offense or state lines are crossed during the commission of an offense the commerce clause is also the basis for jurisdiction over offenses that are normally prosecuted at the state level such as fraud and kidnapping.

Representative Matters:

  • Immigration Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Improper Billing on Government Contract
  • Marriage Fraud
  • Capital Murder