Most criminal prosecutions in Pennsylvania are state cases (approximately 95%). Because of this, most criminal defense lawyers in the state rarely defend clients facing federal charges. This is not the case with A. Charles Peruto Jr.
With over 44 years of experience handling federal litigation, you can count on Mr. Peruto to have the knowledge and resources needed to understand federal laws and build a strong defense on your behalf. Contact the law firm to schedule a confidential consultation if you face federal charges. It is best to get started quickly, as the sooner you engage a lawyer, the more time they have to build your defense strategy.
Federal Criminal Charges Our Law Firm Represents
Our legal team can help you understand your rights if you are charged with a federal crime. Some examples of federal criminal charges we provide legal representation for include the following:
Federal Drug Trafficking
Federal drug trafficking charges are widely misunderstood. However, this criminal charge is not the same as simple possession or possession with the intent to distribute. What differentiates these charges is the amount and type of drugs involved.
Do not wait to seek legal representation if you are facing criminal charges. Contact The Law offices of A. Charles Peruto Jr. to schedule a free and confidential case review. Call us today at 215-735-1010
Drug trafficking charges are one of the most serious you can face. Today, drugs are divided into five schedules based on specific criteria. The drug schedule is another factor that determines if you face trafficking charges or not.
Federal Conspiracy to Distribute
The potential penalties for a drug conspiracy conviction are severe. However, as the U.S. continues its “War on Drugs,” the number of people affected by severe sentences is growing.
Today, there are mandatory sentences for those convicted of drug conspiracy, and the individual will spend time in federal prison. These charges arise when someone makes an agreement to break a federal drug charge. In this case, the agreement must involve two or more people. Everyone involved in the conspiracy was aware of the agreement and freely joined it.
There are four basic types of charges seen in this category:
- Manufacturing of a controlled substance
- Importation of a controlled substance
- Distribution of a controlled substance
- Possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute it
Federal Mail & Wire Fraud
Mail fraud occurs when someone uses the U.S. postal system (or any private or commercial interstate carrier) to cheat others. Wire fraud is simple; however, it involves electronic communications rather than the mail.
If someone uses the mail system or an electronic means to further a fraudulent scheme, they may face mail or wire fraud criminal charges. The consequences of a conviction are severe and something an attorney should be secured to help with.
Federal Drug Manufacturing
The war on drugs began in 1971, and since then, drug trafficking and distribution have become some of the most investigated, charged, and litigated cases in federal court.
Federal drug manufacturing is a serious violation of the law. How the law was established means many people, including material suppliers and individuals making the drugs, may be guilty of this crime. Mandatory minimum prison sentences are in place if convicted.
Federal Money Laundering
Money laundering refers to financial transactions criminals, including terrorist organizations, try to disguise the funds, nature, or sources of their illegal activities. This charge includes several criminal offenses, and any crime under the money laundering umbrella threatens the financial system’s integrity.
Other Federal Criminal Charges
Our legal team is well-versed in all Federal laws and regulations. If you have been charged with any federal crime, we are here to help. Contact our law firm to discuss your situation.
Legal Standards in Federal Criminal Defense
The legal standards in federal criminal law are usually higher than those in state law. It demands impeccable attention to detail and a comprehensive understanding of the federal legal system.
Some factors of federal criminal law that must be understood include:
- Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The prosecution must prove that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
- Presumption of Innocence: Every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
- Right to Remain Silent: Thanks to the Fifth Amendment, you have the right not to incriminate yourself.
Building a Robust Defense Strategy
A. Charles Peruto Jr. believes in a meticulous approach to building a defense strategy, which includes:
- Thorough Investigation: Leveraging a network of resources to gather evidence and build a solid defense.
- Expert Witness Coordination: Collaborating with a panel of expert witnesses to strengthen your case.
- Pre-Trial Motions: Skillfully arguing pre-trial motions to set the stage for a successful defense.
You can feel confident that the legal team will take control and ensure all elements of your case are handled. They can ensure deadlines are met and that you appear at court dates. With the help of experienced representation, some of the stress of the situation can be alleviated.
Representation in Different Federal Courts
Being accused of a federal crime demands representation in the appropriate court. A. Charles Peruto Jr. represents clients in various federal courts, including:
- District Courts
- Court of Appeals
- United States Supreme Court
Each court has unique requirements and regulations. A quality and experienced federal criminal defense lawyer in Pennsylvania can handle cases in any courtroom. A. Charles Peruto Jr. is ready to help those facing federal charges and handle the legal process on their behalf.
What is the difference between federal and state criminal charges?
Federal and state criminal charges primarily differ in the laws governing them and the courts prosecuting them. The United States Congress enacts federal laws applicable across the country. On the other hand, state legislatures establish state laws and apply only within that specific state.
Federal criminal charges often involve crimes that cross state lines or occur on federal property. They are prosecuted in federal courts and may carry different penalties than state charges. On the flip side, state criminal charges deal with violations of state laws and are prosecuted in state courts.
It is important to note that some actions can violate federal and state laws, and in such cases, the offender can be prosecuted in both courts. This is where the expertise of a knowledgeable federal defense lawyer like A Charles Peruto Jr. becomes indispensable.
How soon should I hire a federal criminal defense lawyer?
It is highly recommended to hire a federal criminal defense lawyer at the earliest possible juncture — ideally, as soon as you become aware that you are under investigation or immediately after arrest.
In federal criminal cases, early intervention can sometimes result in reduced charges or even dismissal before a formal filing. Hiring a lawyer promptly ensures that your rights are protected from the outset, and it allows your defense team to start gathering evidence, identifying witnesses, and building a robust defense strategy from the beginning.
A. Charles Peruto Jr. understands the gravity of quick action and is prepared to begin representing your case and safeguarding your best interests when he is brought on board.
What are the potential defenses in a federal criminal case?
The potential defenses in a federal criminal case can be numerous and largely depend on the specifics of your case. Here are some common defense strategies that might be employed:
- Insufficient Evidence: Arguing that the prosecution lacks evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
- Constitutional Violations: Highlighting any constitutional rights violations during the investigation or arrest.
- Mistake of Fact: Demonstrating that you had a genuine misunderstanding or lack of knowledge of the facts surrounding the charges against you.
- Entrapment: Arguing that the government agents induced you to commit a crime you would not have otherwise committed.
- Alibi: Present evidence that you were elsewhere when the alleged crime occurred, proving you could not have committed the crime.
A. Charles Peruto Jr. is well-versed in crafting effective defense strategies, leveraging the most appropriate defenses based on an exhaustive analysis of the evidence and circumstances surrounding your case to mount an effective defense on your behalf.
If you are facing Federal Criminal Charges, do not wait to seek legal representation. Contact The Law offices of A. Charles Peruto Jr. to schedule a free and confidential case review. Call us today at 215-735-1010