Have You Been Charged With An Offense In Federal Court?
The process of receiving a summons to appear in federal district court on a criminal complaint or indictment or worse, being arrested as a result of a complaint or indictment, can be bewildering. An experienced federal criminal defense attorney is absolutely critical to help make sense of the situation and to obtain the best possible result therein.
The United States District Court for the District of Hawaii has jurisdiction over federal crimes occurring in Hawaii. Most commonly, such crimes include:
- Economic offenses such as fraud, theft, embezzlement, money laundering, and tax offenses (such as securities fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 3301; bank fraud including mortgage fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1344; insurance fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1033; mail fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1341; wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1343; as well as Medicaid and Medicare fraud mail fraud, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1320 & 1347)
- Firearms offenses (possession of prohibited firearms, 18 U.S.C. § 922, 18 U.S.C. § 5845, and 18 U.S.C. 5861; possession of firearm by prohibited person (aka felon in possession), 18 U.S.C. § 922; firearm used in drug trafficking or in connection with a crime of violence, 18 U.S.C. § 924(c))
- Drug crimes (involving methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone etc. in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 841, 18 U.S.C. § 842, 18 U.S.C. § 843, or 18 U.S.C. § 844)
- Child pornography (18 U.S.C. § 2251 or 18 U.S.C. § 2252)
- Immigration offenses (such as illegal entry or reentry, unlawfully remaining in the U.S. In violation of 8 U.S.C. §§ 1321-1328)
- Organized crime (racketeering (RICO) in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1962, violent crime in aid of racketeering (VICAR) in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1959)
With these charges comes the application of a whole host of federal-specific rules of procedure, evidence, and sentencing including the application of mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment, the United States Sentencing Guidelines (USSG), substantial assistance and safety-valve provisions (18 U.S.C. 3553(e)-(f)), and statutory sentencing factors (18 U.S.C. § 3553).
I have successfully handled all manner of federal criminal cases for more than 20 years, including those mentioned above at all stages including trial, direct appeal and habeas corpus. Federal criminal cases as a general rule are often more serious and thoroughly investigated than state court cases so experience can be especially important in the federal context. At the Law Offices of Cassandra Stamm, PLLC, I have that experience and the expertise to handle your federal criminal charge.