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Handling Federal Crimes in Ohio with Hard-Hitting Defense

While both state and federal crimes merit immediate legal attention, federal crimes require serious legal representation due to the severe penalties they carry. When a defendant is charged with a serious crime, federal prosecutors and law enforcement have likely spent considerable time investigating.

Choose an experienced Dayton, OH federal criminal defense team as soon as you are aware you may be the target of an investigation. If possible, do not wait until you are summoned to appear before a magistrate.

Get a strong defense from our Dayton federal crime lawyers at L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC by calling (937) 685-7006 or submitting an online contact form today. We serve Hamilton, Brown, Allen, Clermont, Warren, Montgomery, and Butler counties.

Federal Cases We Handle

Our team at L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC can carefully examine the charges brought against you, get up to speed on a case the government has likely built over time, and craft a strong defense. We will do everything possible to neutralize your case.

Our Dayton federal criminal defense attorneys have handled the following kinds of federal crimes:

Difference Between a State and Federal Crimes

Generally, a crime is behavior that violates and is punishable by a law or laws. Both state and federal governments have enacted statutes enumerating illegal conduct warranting criminal investigation or prosecution.

State laws concern acts committed within the state itself. When a person violates a state law, they commit a state crime.

For the most part, federal laws concern acts occurring within or outside of the country. In other words, if someone engages in criminal conduct and they cross state lines or country borders, they have committed a federal crime. A person may also be accused of a federal crime if they commit an offense that violates another's constitutional rights or commit an offense on federal property, such as a post office.

Some federal and state laws cover the same type of conduct. For instance, 18 U.S.C. § 1201 and ORC § 2905.01 both concern kidnapping. When state and federal laws apply, depending on how the offense occurred, it could be prosecuted as a state crime, federal crime, or both. The U.S. has a double jeopardy doctrine providing that a person cannot be charged for the same crime twice, but it does not apply when an offense falls under state and federal jurisdiction because they are considered two separate sovereigns.

Another difference between state and federal crimes concerns the entities that handle cases. Local law enforcement authorities enforce state laws and investigate violations. A prosecutor working for the state will try the case. In contrast, federal agencies enforce and investigate federal crimes, and a U.S. Attorney will prosecute.

Our Dayton federal crimes attorney is familiar with the federal criminal justice process and can help navigate your case. Speak with us today by calling (937) 685-7006.

How Do Federal Investigations Work?

A federal investigation begins with a crime report. If federal agents are alerted that federal law has been violated, they will start gathering evidence to determine whether the offense occurred and, if so, who committed it.

Although multiple federal law enforcement agencies exist in the U.S., generally, only one will investigate a possible crime. That said, depending on the conduct involved, multiple agencies may work together to identify a suspect.

As mentioned before, the investigation aims to determine what crime was committed and to identify a suspect.

Federal agents may use a range of investigative techniques to accomplish this, including, but not limited to:

  • Wiretapping phones,
  • Conducting surveillance operations,
  • Recording conversations,
  • Reviewing online activity,
  • Examining relevant documents.

After a suspect is identified, federal agents may arrest the individual with or without a warrant (depending on the situation). In some cases, the agents may hold off on making an arrest and continue the investigation to gather more evidence against the suspect.

Federal investigators will then turn over the evidence to a prosecutor. The prosecutor will determine whether sufficient evidence exists to pursue the matter.

If you are under investigation for a federal crime, right now is the time to retain legal representation. Federal agents and prosecutors will be working hard to build a case against you, and it is imperative to have someone on your side who will work just as hard – if not harder – for you.

Reach out to our Dayton federal crimes lawyer at (937) 685-7006 for the counsel and guidance you need.

Am I Under Federal Investigation?

The following are several signs that a criminal case will be heard in federal court:

  • Federal authorities are handling the case – If a person has been contacted or visited by federal law enforcement agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), or Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), then you are under federal investigation. Additionally, these agencies have extensive resources at their disposal compared to state authorities.
  • The crime occurred on federal land or property – From committing a robbery at a federal bank to assaulting someone on a U.S. military base, any crime that happens on federal grounds will result in federal charges.
  • The crime spanned multiple states – For instance, a wire fraud scheme that involves multiple perpetrators and victims in more than one state.
  • The crime crossed state lines – For example, a person kidnaps someone in one state but takes them to another to avoid local authorities.
  • The crime violated customs and immigration laws – Common examples include false declarations, exporting violations, import violations, and human smuggling or trafficking.

Who Investigates Federal Crimes?

In the U.S., various federal agencies investigate federal crimes. However, these agencies do not investigate all federal violations. Each has its specific area of focus and will handle offenses falling within their scope. Still, some crimes warrant agencies working together.

Below are a few of the federal agencies that investigate federal crimes and the matters they handle:

Penalties You May Face for a Federal Crime

The penalties you could face upon a federal crime conviction depend on the offense.

Below are the potential punishments for a few federal offenses:

  • Assaulting a federal officer (18 U.S.C. § 111):
    • Up to 1 year of imprisonment (simple assault); or
    • Up to 8 years of imprisonment (assault involving physical contact or the intent to commit a felony); and/or
    • A fine
  • Sexual exploitation of children (18 U.S.C. § 2251):
    • Between 15 and 30 years of imprisonment and/or
    • A fine
  • Trafficking a Schedule I or II controlled substance (21 U.S.C. § 841):
    • Up to 20 years of imprisonment and/or
    • Up to $1,000,000 in fines
  • Bank robbery (18 U.S.C. § 2113):
    • Up to 20 years of imprisonment and/or
    • A fine
  • Possession of a firearm by a prohibited individual (18 U.S.C. 922(g)):
    • Up to 10 years of imprisonment and/or
    • A fine
  • First-degree murder (18 U.S.C. § 1111):
    • Death or
    • Life imprisonment

Whatever federal criminal charge you are facing, our Dayton federal crimes attorney is ready to work relentlessly for you to seek a favorable outcome.

Good Things Happen When Our Dayton Federal Lawyers Go to Court

Our Dayton federal attorneys are seasoned litigators honored with inclusion among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

When it comes to representing clients during federal trials, we are:

  • Strategic
  • Aggressive
  • Tenacious

Led by Attorney L. Patrick Mulligan, a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, our team has obtained numerous victories in federal courts across Ohio, including Dayton and Cincinnati. We are licensed to practice in appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Defense for Federal Criminal Charges in Ohio

If you have any questions about your federal criminal matter, we can help you become better informed about your legal standing and options. Should you choose to hire our Dayton federal crime attorneys to represent you, our firm will guide you through each step of the judicial system and provide you with reliable counsel. We likely have encountered a case similar to yours among the thousands we have handled over the years.

Why Choose L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates for Federal Criminal Defense

When facing federal criminal charges, it is crucial to have a skilled and experienced attorney on your side to navigate the complexities of the legal system. At L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, our team of Dayton federal criminal defense lawyers has a proven track record of success in handling a wide range of federal cases.

Here are a few reasons why you should choose us for your defense:

  • Extensive Experience: Our attorneys have years of experience defending clients in federal court, giving us the knowledge and skills to effectively represent you.
  • Personalized Approach: We understand that every case is unique, which is why we tailor our defense strategies to fit your specific situation.
  • Aggressive Advocacy: We are not afraid to fight for your rights and will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
  • Proven Results: Our firm has a history of successful outcomes for our clients, as evidenced by our client testimonials and case results.

Don't face federal criminal charges alone. Contact L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

Please don't hesitate to call our office to allow our Dayton federal crimes lawyer to begin working on your federal case. Contact us at (937) 685-7006.

Proof of Our Success

Read Our Client Testimonials

At L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    "I had a very difficult case that took longer than usual but they never gave up on it."

    Extremely pleased with L. Patrick Mulligan and Associates. They helped me through every step of the process and worked hard for me. I had a very difficult case that took longer than usual but they never gave up on it. Thank you!

    - Megan
    "Patrick and his team are the only choice!"
    My husband was forced to defend himself at our home but that put him in jail. I first went with another lawyer, Mike Mills, who took my money and that was it. Feeling hopeless, I contacted Patrick’s team and they didn’t disappoint. Within 3 hours, Patrick was at jail speaking with my husband and a few days later, Patrick had him home. When you call the office, everyone helps you. You are not just another case to them; I know and experienced it. They are a team you want to be on your family’s side! Thank you Patrick and Laura and team - you are the best, thank you!
    - Jackson
    "When he walks in, all the fear melts away and he comes out swinging."
    My family and I have used Patrick for different cases. A child custody as well as DUI. Initially you may feel scared and want to keep calling but in the end he has always proven that he is the best of the best. When he walks in, all the fear melts away and he comes out swinging. He knows what he's doing. Child custody WON! DUI best possible outcome! I wouldn't hire anyone but him. I highly recommend! Thanks Mr. Mulligan and staff!

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    I want to personally thank you, Patrick and everyone else who did an amazing job on my cases. I've unfortunately dealt with a lot of attorney's over the years and you guys were the first one's I've ever trusted or felt that you really did what you said you were going to do!! Myself and my family couldn't thank you enough. You helped me with a life changing situation and I'm a better father and son with your help and support.
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    Patrick Mulligan took on my case in May 1996 not knowing how things would go. My case being his first Big case. He saved my life. I have still to this day will always remember and be Thankful to him for trusting and believing in me. I was a mother of a daughter 19 months old who as killed by my boyfriend at the time. The state tried to prove me for child endangering and wanting me to serve 18 months in prison. Parick didnt know until that point what he had gotten into . Patrick did everything he could to prove I was a good mother. It was almost a year after my daughters life was taken. We went to trail and I stood on the stand with all my friends and Dr.'s. Patrick worked so hard for me and we won and here I am 15 years later . I found his web site and had to tell my story. Anyone who needs his help he will work as hard as he can for anyone he believs in. I'm so gald to see he is still in Cinti helping people. Thank you Patrick. I will talk to you soon.
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