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Colorado Federal Crime Attorney

If you are charged with a criminal offense, you will either be tried in federal or state court. The penalties for federal crimes are often more harsh than those for state crimes, and federal prosecutors often pursue the highest punishment available. If you are under investigation for a federal offense, or you have been charged with a federal crime already, it is in your best interest to take action immediately by contacting an experienced Colorado federal crime attorney.

What is the Difference Between a Federal Crime and a State Crime?

State courts can hear most types of cases. Whether the defendant is being charged with excessive speeding, DUI, child abuse, theft, aggravated assault, domestic abuse, or murder, they will most likely be tried by the state. There are a few types of cases that are never held in state court, however. The federal court, by contrast, only tries a limited number of case types, which include:

  • Violations of the U.S. Constitution;
  • Cases that involve the United States as a party;
  • Cases that involve parties of multiple states;
  • Copyright violations;
  • Patent law cases;
  • Bankruptcy law cases; and
  • Maritime law cases.

Often, an offense can be tried in either state or federal court. However, crimes that are often or always tried at the federal level include the following:

Environmental Crimes

Environmental law exists at both the state and federal level, though individuals or parties who are suspected of violating environmental law may likely be tried in federal court. In Colorado, federal offenses include unlawful waste disposal, water pollution, and air pollution. The federal government has a formidable staff of prosecutors and investigators that work for the Environmental Crimes Section (ECS). In a 17-year-long period, the ECS successfully charged more than 1,083 individuals and 404 corporations, totaling 774 years of incarceration and $825 million in criminal fines and restitution, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. However, the attorneys of at our office have extensive experience in going up against federal prosecutors for crimes against the environment.

Mail and Wire Fraud

Mail and wire fraud are schemes that employ either the U.S. Postal Service or an electronic device in order to deceive another party for personal gain. Both mail and wire fraud are federal offenses that carry incredibly harsh penalties. For example, one count of mail fraud can land you in prison for up to 30 years under 18 U.S. Code Chapter 63. Fines are up to $250,000 for a single count of mail fraud, and up to $1,000,000 if the victim was a financial institution.

Other Federal Crimes Include the Following

Other types of federal crime charges that our law firm has experience handling and winning include false statements, obstruction of justice, mortgage fraud, weapons offenses, counterfeiting, federal hate crimes, kidnapping, child pornography, identity theft, computer crimes, tax evasion, and violations of the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

Contact an Experienced Colorado Federal Crime Attorney Today

The inherent complexity of a federal case and the extensive resources and energy that is put into a federal investigation means that you need an attorney that can match what you are up against. We strongly urge you to contact the Colorado federal crime attorneys of Jeffrey S. Weiner immediately to begin working on your case.

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