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Millions of visitors flock to South Beach to enjoy the balmy beaches, cultural fusion, and vibrant nightlife. However, for some local residents, South Beach represents the fast life. The area’s world-famous party atmosphere attracts criminal organizations that supply drugs and prostitution. South Beach attracts wealthy visitors, high-profile entertainers, business executives, and notorious criminal organizations. After decades of those elements combining, the result is a recent crackdown on violent crime and illegal activities throughout Miami Beach. As a result, people who engage in illegal activity in South Beach may be charged and prosecuted. Depending on the details of the crime, the offense may violate federal law. With decades of experience, David Joffe, P.A. is one of the top criminal federal defense attorneys in South Beach.

Federal criminal charges in South Beach

Getting a federal charge in South Beach is easier than most people may think. Most crimes are state offenses. However, the federal government may automatically assume jurisdiction over a criminal case if:

  • the criminal activity crosses state lines
  • the criminal activity crosses an international border
  • the criminal activity involves a government agency
  • the criminal activity involves a government official

An individual who travels to Florida to engage in criminal activity may automatically be charged under federal law. Moreover, much of the criminal activity in South Beach involves drug offenses, human trafficking, and financial schemes. These offenses generally take place among parties from out of state and other countries. In some cases, crimes that may seem to be simple, local offenses at first glance are part of a more complex illegal scheme that violates federal law.

Types of federal cases we handle

Our South Beach federal defense lawyers handles a variety of federal cases. We regularly represent clients who are facing federal charges in South Beach for:

  • drug trafficking
  • white collar crimes
  • child pornography offenses
  • federal appeals

Federal criminal investigations in South Beach FL

Federal crimes are investigated by federal agencies. Depending on the type of crime a case involves, federal agencies may conduct their investigations in cooperation with each other, or the federal government may work with a local or state law enforcement agency. Some examples of federal agencies that investigate criminal offenses are:

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

If you are the subject of a federal investigation, we recommend retaining a defense lawyer to represent you before you are formally charged. Our South Beach federal defense attorney will provide legal representation and advocacy from the moment the police express interest in you. Oftentimes, law enforcement will request an interview with a person of interest. Having an attorney by your side during police interviews will help you avoid making statements that may later be used against you.

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Why the federal government investigates

Apart from overt events like a mysterious fire or a bank heist, there are a few ways the federal government becomes aware of suspicious activity that prompts an investigation. Surprisingly, most investigations begin when a criminal informant names a third party as a participant in criminal activity. People who have been arrested and charged for a crime themselves are often permitted to provide information to the investigating agency in exchange for a reduced charge from the federal prosecutor.

Not all criminal informants are criminals. Anyone can report illegal activity to the federal government. Crime victims provide information that prompts the federal government to get involved. Whistleblowers report illegal activity they observe while at work. People who witness illegal activity may anonymously report their observations.

Regulatory agencies like the SEC launch investigations when they notice irregularities in companies’ financial reports. The IRS examines tax data for fraud and tax evasion, and it also accepts information from whistleblowers and anonymous tipsters.

The federal government targets large-scale operations by conducting sting operations. Sting operations are common during drug trafficking and sex crimes investigations. Law enforcement agencies use sting operations to gather information in areas that are well-known or highly suspected for certain types of illegal activity. Officers go undercover and pose as people who are interested in obtaining or supplying the illegal product or services that are the subject of the operation. When an individual or organization engages in illegal activity, the monitoring law enforcement agency will eventually make an arrest. Sometimes months or even years pass from the first illegal act to the day law enforcement executes a raid or makes arrests.

South Beach lawyer for drug trafficking offenses

South Beach and the surrounding South Florida region offer many geographical advantages for drug trafficking. Close proximity to drug transit and production countries, a coastal location in a state with more than one million registered boats, and a robust partying scene make the area a prime target.

Drug traffickers are generally the parties in illegal drug operations who supply the dealers. Therefore, they are most likely to be caught with large quantities of a controlled substance. Florida’s drug trafficking law requires prosecutors to only prove an individual who is accused of drug trafficking possessed a minimum quantity of an illegal substance at the time of the offense. The state is not required to show proof that the individual was in the process of selling or delivering the drug.

South Florida drug trafficking cases carry substantial penalties that include time in prison and extensive fines. Federal law also imposes mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines in cases that involve drug trafficking. If you have been charged with a federal drug crime, you need the expert representation of a South Beach drug trafficking defense lawyer like David J. Joffe.

South Beach white collar crimes

Federal white collar offenses aren’t just limited to government scandals in Washington DC and corporate finance investigations in New York City. A substantial amount of white collar crime takes place in South Florida. Listed below are some of the white collar cases we encounter in South Beach.

SOUTH BEACH FRAUD CASES

There are two basic elements to any federal fraud case. First, the prosecution must prove the defendant voluntarily and intentionally planned or participated in a scheme to defraud someone out of money. Next, federal law requires prosecutors to prove the defendant participated in the scheme with the intent to defraud. The other elements prosecutors most establish in proving a fraud charge vary depending on the type of fraud in which the defendant is accused of engaging. Federal fraud cases often involve:

  • bank fraud
  • securities fraud
  • healthcare fraud
  • mail fraud
  • wire fraud

Fraudulent schemes are often operated by multiple people who work together in a criminal organization. Some schemes are structured to give the appearance that the operators work for a legitimate business. The fictitious business may employ others to make phone calls, send materials through the mail, and otherwise move the scheme forward. People who work for businesses that engage in illegal activity are often unaware of their employer’s criminal conduct. Nevertheless, when the federal government conducts a raid, the law enforcement agency often arrests everyone who is onsite and later determines the extent to which all arrested parties are involved. If you believe you may be unintentionally participating in a criminal enterprise, protect yourself by contacting a white collar crime lawyer in South Beach to discuss your concerns.

TAX EVASION CHARGES IN SOUTH BEACH

Within the past year, South Florida has seen numerous prosecutions in multi-million dollar tax fraud cases. Individuals who have a high net worth often use tax avoidance strategies to reduce their tax liability. Tax avoidance strategies are legal; however, using illegal means to avoid paying taxes is an offense that is known as tax evasion. Although corporate executives, successful entertainers, and people who own highly profitable businesses are commonly the subject of tax evasion investigations. However, members of criminal organizations are also often implicated for tax fraud and tax evasion. People who engage in lucrative criminal activity are less likely to correctly file and pay taxes on their income. Therefore, other federal agencies often work with the IRS to find evidence of a crime and to file criminal charges against the individuals. In racketeering investigations, a federal prosecutor may use evidence of tax evasion and tax fraud to support a conviction under the federal RICO statute.

Child pornography offenses in South Florida

South Florida ranks third in the country for sex trafficking. Not only is sex trafficking a harmful practice that involves mental and physical violence, but it is not uncommon for some of the victims to be minors. Florida’s legislature aggressively targeted crimes that involve the commercial sexual exploitation of children by passing laws against using children for sex work. Florida’s child pornography laws address the different ways adults attempt to exploit children for sexual purposes.

While it is necessary to take a comprehensive approach to targeting crimes that sexually exploit minors, there are some cases in which an individual may be wrongfully accused. Some common reasons people may be wrongfully accused of a child pornography-related offense include:

  • the accused party was a victim of a computer virus or hacking
  • someone else was using the accused party’s device when the illegal materials were stored on the device
  • the accused party was unaware that property he or she received contained illegal images of children
  • the illegal images were obtained by someone else and stored in shared property
  • someone made a false accusation
  • the individual depicted in the material was older than 18 at the time he or she appeared in the depiction

An accusation of a very serious offense like child pornography can affect your personal relationships, your reputation, and future employment opportunities. If anyone has mentioned you in relation to a child pornography-related offense, immediately contact a federal defense lawyer who has experience with Florida’s child pornography laws. Don’t wait until you’ve been criminally charged. Contact an attorney at the first sign of accusations or an investigation against you.

South Beach sex crimes defense

Sex crimes can happen in almost any setting. Nevertheless, certain factors like a nonstop party atmosphere, excessive drinking, and drug activity can elevate the risk level in an environment. Miami’s party scene attracts a variety of sex crimes, including:

  • pimping
  • prostitution
  • human sex trafficking
  • solicitation
  • lewd and lascivious conduct

We represent defendants in challenging sex crimes cases. Our South Beach sex crimes defense attorney will protect your rights and represent you at every stage in the criminal process. If you are a Miami resident or a visitor to South Beach, contact us if you are looking for a discreet South Beach sex crime lawyer to represent you against a federal sex crimes charge.

South Beach attorney for federal appeals

Not only do we represent defendants in federal criminal trials, but we also work on behalf of defendants who have been convicted of a federal offense. Every defendant who is convicted at trial has the right to file an appeal. However, the federal appeals process is usually a lengthy, legally-intense process that requires the expertise of an experienced federal defense attorney. We identify the strongest issues in a convicted defendant’s case to help us make the strongest arguments on appeal. In many cases, there are other mechanisms for post-conviction relief that are more advantageous for defendants in federal criminal cases. Our South Beach federal appeals attorney thoroughly reviews each case to determine the best approach to seeking justice post conviction.

Reach a federal defense attorney in South Beach

In federal criminal cases, the stakes are too high to leave your legal representation in the hands of someone who doesn’t have the experience and expertise you need. Joffe Law has more than 30 years of experience representing defendants in major federal cases throughout South Florida. We will leverage our professional relationships and resources to construct the strongest possible defense for your case. If you are facing a federal charge, contact our talented team. We will conduct a thorough review of the facts of your case and provide a confidential case evaluation. Call Joffe Law, P.A. to learn more.

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