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Key Biscayne Federal Defense Attorney

Powerful representation for serious federal criminal charges

Federal criminal charges require the help of a qualified attorney who can match the expertise of highly esteemed federal judges and the impeccable success rates federal prosecutors often have. Not only does David Joffe thoroughly understand the federal criminal process, but he has a demonstrated ability to win. If you are under investigation for a federal crime, you’ll want David J. Joffe, an expert federal defense attorney in Key Biscayne, on your side.

How criminal charges become federal offenses

Most crimes are prosecuted by the state. However, in certain cases, the federal government may assume jurisdiction over a criminal matter. Some factors that implicate federal jurisdiction are:

  • criminal activity that involves two or more states or another country
  • criminal activity that occurs on federal land
  • criminal activity that involves a federal government agency
  • criminal activity that involves a federal government official

Federal cases we handle

Our Key Biscayne federal defense law firm represents defendants in a variety of federal cases. Some of the types of charges we have successfully defended our clients against include:

  • drug trafficking
  • child pornography offenses
  • white collar crimes

Whether you are under investigation or if you have been charged or even convicted for a federal crime, there may be a legal solution to your problem. Contact Joffe Law, P.A. to learn more about your best legal options.

Who investigates federal crimes?

Federal crimes are investigated with federal agencies. Some of the most popular federal agencies that investigate criminal activity are:

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

These agencies often work in cooperation with state and local law enforcement agencies when investigating federal crimes. When state and federal agencies work together, the defendant may be charged and sentenced on separate occasions in the state and federal criminal court systems without violating the double jeopardy clause in the Constitution.

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How the federal government gets involved

Sometimes there may be an overt incident like a bank robbery or a suspicious fire that immediately commands the attention of federal law enforcement agents. However, most cases arouse federal suspicion in much more discreet ways. Most federal investigations are moved forward by criminal informants. Third-party informants identify people who are likely to have involvement with criminal activity, and the federal government investigates the information informants provide. Although criminal informants are popularized by movies and sensational news stories about organized crime rings, not all informants are criminals. In fact, anyone can provide information about a crime to the federal government.

Agencies like the SEC and IRS, which handle financial matters, often investigate when they notice irregularities in tax returns and financial reports. Whistleblowers who work for companies that engage in corruption also provide information to federal agencies about corporate misconduct.

Drug operations and sex crimes like prostitution, sex trafficking, and child pornography are most often investigated through sting operations. Undercover agents pose as people who have a direct interest in the crime the law enforcement agency is investigating. While working a sting operation, officers may pose as potential buyers of illegal materials, people who are interested in providing others for the purpose of prostitution or child pornography, and in some cases, officers pretend to be vulnerable minors who are visiting a chatroom in which there are suspected predators. Law enforcement officers who work undercover are required to follow certain rules to avoid wrongfully inducing someone to commit a crime. If a law enforcement officer does not follow the rules, anyone who has been accused of a crime as a result of overstepping by law enforcement may be acquitted of the resulting criminal accusation. A Key Biscayne federal defense lawyer can determine whether a law enforcement officer may have broken the law.

Federal drug trafficking offenses

South Florida is an attractive hub for various players in the domestic and international illegal drug trade. The state’s extensive coastline and numerous water vessels allow drug traffickers to use the waterways to transport drugs into the United States through Florida. Close proximity to production and transit countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean means smugglers only have to make short trips between destinations. Because Florida hosts much of the country’s illegal drug activity, federal drug prosecutors are not uncommon in the sunny state.

Drug traffickers are most often the parties who supply drug dealers with the drugs they sell. To target drug trafficking, federal and state drug trafficking laws focus on the amount of a controlled substance a defendant possesses. Under federal law, a person who is caught with a minimum threshold amount of a controlled substance may be convicted even if there is no evidence that suggests the person was actively selling the drugs. Federal law classifies controlled substances into a schedule. The drug’s classification on the schedule determines the minimum threshold amount for drug trafficking. The general idea is that defendants who are caught with more drugs than someone who abuses drugs would possess for personal use, the court may presume the defendant intended to traffick the drugs.

Drug distribution is a related offense. Unlike drug trafficking, a defendant may be convicted for distribution even if he or she possessed an amount that is smaller than the minimum threshold quantity. Instead of focusing on the quantity of a drug the defendant possessed, the federal drug distribution statute allows courts to convict a defendant if there is other evidence that suggests the defendant was distributing or selling an illegal drug. Evidence of drug distribution or sale may include small bags for packaging the drugs, a scale that may be used to weigh the drugs, a contact list located in close proximity to the drugs, or a large sum of money located in close proximity to the drugs. Never say anything that might incriminate yourself. Let your Key Biscayne drug trafficking lawyer speak on your behalf.

Federal child pornography charge in Key Biscayne

State and federal law enforcement agencies intensely investigate child pornography-related offenses. Child pornography charges very easily become federal offenses because people who view child pornography most often receive it through message boards, websites, chat rooms, and social media platforms that operate in multiple states. Related charges are serious and require the services of an experienced child pornography defense attorney in Key Biscayne.

Beyond straightforward means of possessing and transmitting pornographic images of minors, there are several other ways an individual may be charged with a federal child pornography offense. Some of the ways may seem less obvious to the general public. For example, a young adult may be charged with a child pornography-related offense if he or she exchanges sexual text messages with an older teen who is still a minor.

People who provide minors for use in a sexual performance may also face felony conviction under federal law. It is illegal to solicit, entice, coerce, force, or otherwise induce a minor to participate in a sexual performance. Parents, guardians, and custodians may also be prosecuted if they authorize the use of a minor in a sexual performance if the minor is in the individual’s care at the time of the offense.

Child pornography offenses are among the most heavily penalized under federal and state law. If convicted under federal law, a defendant will likely be subjected to mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. Individuals who are convicted for child pornography offenses are also required to register as sex offenders, making it imperative to reach out to a Key Biscayne sex crime lawyer immediately if you suspect you might be under investigation.

Federal white collar crimes

Although white collar crimes are mostly non-violent in nature, defendants who are accused of a white collar offense may be ordered to go to prison for as long as other felony offenders. Most white collar crimes involve a scheme that is designed for the offender to receive an illegal profit.

FEDERAL FRAUD DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN KEY BISCAYNE

Fraud is a general term that refers to a misrepresentation that is made with the intent to obtain money or property from someone else. The different types of fraud our white collar defense attorneys in Key Biscayne commonly see include:

There are some instances in which an individual may be accused of fraud despite not having the intent to defraud. For example, a salesperson may unintentionally provide false information a customer relies on as a determining factor in whether he or she will make a purchase. In another example, a financial representative may mistakenly misstate the interest rate on an investment product he or she is promoting to customers. If you are accused of fraud in relation to your profession, a false accusation can potentially derail your career. Working with an experienced federal fraud defense lawyer can help you protect your reputation and mitigate some of the damage a fraud allegation may otherwise cause.

PONZI SCHEMES IN KEY BISCAYNE

Ponzi schemes attract people who genuinely believe they have discovered the best-kept investment secret. The people who operate the schemes assure their investors that the once-in-a-lifetime low risk/high reward opportunity is real and a safe way to grow their money. In reality, Ponzi schemes are designed to support the fraudster’s lifestyle.

In most cases, the investment product the fraudster offers is non-existent. Early investors of Ponzi schemes are generally unaware that there is no investment vehicle because the fraudster typically allows those who invest early to withdraw what appears to be their profits. Believing they have seen the “too good to be true” investment product in action, the early investors are more inclined to recommend the fraudulent investment opportunity to other people they know. The newcomers allow the fraudster to keep the scheme going; however, they never receive a payout in most cases. Soon, the early investors realize they are unable to contact the fraudster to make further withdrawals from their fake profits.

By the time the investors become suspicious enough to remove all of their money from the fake investment account, they discover they are unable to contact the fraudster. The fraudster may leave town, disable his or her email address and phone number, and move out of his or her office.

Fraudsters go to great lengths to make fake investment opportunities appear to be real. They may even hire employees to work in their offices and interact with the potential victims. Oftentimes, the employees are completely unaware of their employer’s illegal activities. Nevertheless, people who work for organizations that engage in white collar crime may be criminally charged. If you suspect your employer may be operating an illegal scheme, protect yourself by immediately retaining a Key Biscayne federal defense lawyer.

Federal bribery and public corruption in Key Biscayne

Sometimes people who know public officials personally or even professionally may unintentionally create the appearance of public corruption. For example, a corporate CEO may have a lifelong friendship with someone who eventually became an investigator at the SEC. If the CEO’s company comes under investigation by the SEC, the yearly tradition of exchanging Christmas gifts with the SEC investigator may raise suspicions if the investigation is quickly resolved shortly after the holiday season. A Key Biscayne federal white collar crimes attorney may be helpful in proving that the two parties did not engage in bribery.

Federal appeals lawyer in South Florida

Defendants who are convicted of a federal crime may continue to seek justice even after a guilty verdict. Joffe Law helps convicted defendants file appeals and leverage other legal options for post-conviction relief. Our Key Biscayne federal appeals attorney will thoroughly evaluate your case and identify the best strategies to help you continue to fight for a more favorable outcome in your case.

Contact Joffe Law for federal cases in Key Biscayne

If you are the subject of a federal criminal investigation, it’s never too early to retain solid legal counsel. Your Key Biscayne federal defense lawyer can help you navigate the complex federal criminal court system. We will protect our clients’ constitutional rights at every step in the criminal process. Contact our talented team of legal professionals to learn more about how you can fight back against the charges you may be facing. A member of our team will give you a thorough, confidential case evaluation.

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