Federal Criminal Law

Long Island, New York Criminal Defense Attorney

A federal offense in the United States is an act that is made illegal by federal legislation or a crime that occurs on federal property. Federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Secret Service, Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF), U.S. Postal Inspector, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or U.S. Customs, are actively involved in enforcement, investigations, and filing charges when laws pertaining to their respective agencies are violated.

Federal Criminal Procedure

If you are accused of committing a federal crime, you will be prosecuted using Federal criminal procedure, which means you are afforded certain rights contained in the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. The basis for Federal procedural rights lies in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments. In 1945, Congress enacted The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, which supplement the rights the U.S. Constitution provides and is a uniform set of rules that govern all federal courts.

Balancing the Scales of Justice

When the forces of the U.S. government press criminal charges, you will need an experienced attorney to balance the scales of justice. Whether you face federal criminal allegations or suspect you are a target of an investigation, retaining a high caliber criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible will make a significant difference in your chances of a favorable outcome in your case. Criminal defense attorney, Marianne S. Rantala, has represented clients facing a multitude of criminal felony charges including but not limited to: murder, white collar crime, drug offenses, aggravated assault, racketeering, and continuing criminal enterprise (CCE or RICO).

Crimes Tried in Federal Court

Since 2001, the number of federal crimes that deal with activities beyond state boundaries, or have a special impact on federal government operations, has grown. New legislation has created criminal penalties for fraud in connection with major disaster and emergency services, fraudulent acquisition or unauthorized disclosure of phone records, sexual exploitation and violent crimes involving child abuse and child pornography, to name examples in a very long list.

Among the crimes regularly prosecuted in the Federal Court System are:
  • White Collar Crime
  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Distribution
  • Continuing Criminal Enterprise
  • Bank Fraud
  • Mail Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Medicare Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Environmental Crime
  • RICO
  • Public Corruption
  • Conspiracy
  • Counterfeit
  • Money Laundering
  • Internet Crime
  • Computer Crime
  • Pornography
  • Bribery
  • Extortion
  • Customs Violations
  • Perjury
  • Gun Violations
  • Grand Jury Investigations
  • Gambling
How a Criminal Attorney Can Help

If you have been arrested for a federal crime, suspect you are the subject of a federal investigation, or have been handed a grand jury indictment, do not delay in retaining trusted legal counsel. Vital not only in protecting your legal rights, early legal defense intervention also affords numerous advantages. When you retain our legal services as soon as possible, you give us the opportunity to take immediate action that may avert criminal charges—especially if government scrutiny is still in the investigative stages. As your attorney, we will be in a position to negotiate release conditions, explore all available options for avoiding certain penalties, and can jump-start a counter-investigation into the circumstances surrounding your case.

Contact a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

When you need a strong legal advocate involving a federal criminal prosecution, reach out and discuss your situation with attorney Marianne Rantala. Under New York Law, information conveyed to your lawyer is a confidential communication. If you need legal help, do not hesitate to call our law firm 24 hours a day at (631) 627-3433.