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An Overview Of Federal Crimes


What are federal crimes? Federal crimes are serious offenses with harsh penalties, unique sentencing guidelines, and stringent court procedures. Accordingly, it is crucial to consult with a highly competent federal crime attorney like Cleveland criminal defense attorney Matthew Bangerter as soon as possible. Matthew Bangerter focuses on representing clients who are facing both federal and state criminal charges.

If you have been charged with a federal crime, it is important to act quickly. Do not hesitate to contact the skilled Cleveland federal crime attorney Matthew Bangerter at (440) 409-7898 to schedule a consultation to discuss your federal criminal charges.

What are Types of Federal Crimes?

As an experienced Cleveland criminal defense attorney, Matthew Bangerter represents clients in all types of federal and state criminal cases. Some of the types of federal crimes include:

  • Drug crimes, including trafficking or importation, drug conspiracy, and drug manufacturing
  • White collar crimes, including embezzlement, forgery, bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud, and conspiracy
  • Sex crimes
  • Violent crimes, including weapons charges
  • Parole violations
  • Mail fraud
  • Wire fraud
  • Tax crimes
  • Internet crimes

Importance of Forensic Evidence in Felony Cases

As an experienced Ohio felony attorney, Matthew Bangerter understands the importance of forensic evidence to criminal cases, especially felony cases. His scientific background gives him an edge when evaluating forensic evidence involved in a criminal case. He obtained a B.S in biology and studied molecular genetics and computer programming in graduate school. Accordingly, he is well-versed in the scientific evidence involved in felony criminal cases.

As a dedicated Cleveland criminal defense attorney, Matthew Bangerter also collaborates with highly knowledgeable experts in experts in forensic science, firearms, toxicology, hand writing, computers, accounting, insurance operations, computer technology, and any other applicable disciplines. He carefully analyzes and considers the facts of the case in light of the law and applicable legal theories in order to develop the appropriate legal strategy, while always striving to protect your constitutional rights.

Expungement and Appeals

If you have been improperly convicted of a state or federal felony, Matthew Bangerter can work to launch an appeal of your conviction. Similarly, if you were convicted of your first offense, he can help you seek to have the case expunged, which essentially has the effect of removing the felony conviction from your record.

Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Federal crimes carry stringent sentencing guidelines if you are convicted. In fact, there are federal sentencing guidelines in place that place parameters on the amount of discretion that a judge has when issuing a sentence.

Sentences for federal law convictions can be harsh, with substantial prison terms, hefty fines, and strict parole requirements. A skilled federal crime defense attorney, like Cleveland-based federal crime attorney Matthew Bangerter, can advocate on your behalf to obtain the most favorable sentence possible through sentence advocacy. Oftentimes, a judge will consider information regarding a defendant’s personal, family, medical, psychiatric, employment, and financial history when determining the appropriate sentence within the federal sentencing guidelines. Ohio criminal defense attorney Matthew Bangerter will present information to the judge regarding your character and background to convince the judge to issue a lesser sentence.

How Federal Crimes Differ From State Crimes

The criminal court procedures for federal criminal charges are different than the criminal procedures for state crimes. For instance, court proceedings for a federal crime are held in a different courthouse than state criminal charges, and federal criminal proceedings are presided over by federal judges. The federal criminal court procedures can be complicated and often involve a number of federal agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Secret Service, Border Patrol, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or the Postal Service.

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