If you or a loved one find yourselves facing serious federal charges, it can be an unimaginably stressful and frightening time. At Suzuki Law Offices, we understand better than most the toll these allegations take on individuals and families.
Our founding attorney Richard Suzuki worked for years as a federal prosecutor, so he understands how the system operates from both sides. By drawing on this unique experience, our Arizona federal crimes attorneys are positioned to mount the strong defense your case demands.
Our federal drug crimes attorneys in Phoenix know the anxiety that accompanies the threat of prison time or damaging consequences. But you do not have to navigate this alone. From drug charges to corruption, our attorneys have decades of experience fighting passionately for our clients facing even the most difficult accusations.
Facing the Federal Legal System
The federal criminal justice process presents serious, often complex allegations that require knowledgeable legal representation from experienced attorneys. As a law firm that has defended clients against the full spectrum of federal charges for decades, we understand what is at stake.
Our Phoenix criminal defense lawyers can assess your situation and develop an effective strategy, no matter the type of federal offense involved. Some of the criminal charges we handle include:
Alien Smuggling & Harboring
Transporting or hiding undocumented immigrants within the U.S. for financial gain. Major charges include conspiring or attempting to smuggle/harbor multiple aliens.
Federal Drug Trafficking
Large-scale distribution charges for shipping or receiving major quantities of drugs like cocaine, heroin, meth, or fentanyl between states. Specific threshold weights trigger mandatory minimums. Our federal crimes attorneys in Arizona understand these thresholds and can advise you on the best course of action.
Forced labor, debt bondage, or commercial sex crimes involving force, fraud, or coercion that cross jurisdictions. International trafficking is under federal jurisdiction.
Illegal Reentry After Deportation
Illegal reentry after deportation: Unlawfully coming back to or being found in the U.S. after a removal order without permission can lead to federal criminal charges.
Sentences escalate for repeat offenses, with the potential of several years in prison for those who illegally re-enter on multiple occasions after already having been deported. Significant fines may also be imposed by the court.
Federal Weapons Trafficking
Selling firearms, ammunition or explosives to ineligible people like felons, across state lines, or moving shipments meant for illegal use can lead to serious federal charges. “Straw purchases” wherein someone buys weapons for another who may not pass a background check are also strictly prohibited.
White Collar Crimes
Fraud, embezzlement, or money laundering schemes that utilize interstate commerce and banking networks fall under federal jurisdiction.
Securities fraud, cheating investors, healthcare fraud, embezzlement from interstate businesses, and large-scale schemes meant to transport illicit funds across state lines through seemingly legitimate transactions are all examples of complex financial crimes that may be prosecuted in federal court.
The potential penalties can be significant for such serious allegations.
Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
Devising fraudulent schemes and then transmitting messages via the postal service or radio/telecommunication lines such as telephone lines or the internet to execute them or further them may constitute federal crimes.
Mail/wire fraud only requires one instance of using mail or interstate wire communications, such as telephone lines or the internet, to execute a fraudulent scheme in order to violate federal law. This provides a significant avenue for federal prosecutors to build an arrest and prosecution, as a single use of these pathways is sufficient.
The reason the federal government views mail and wire fraud so severely is because these nationwide communication networks inherently cross state lines, giving federal authorities jurisdiction over any crimes that manipulate these vast interstate systems.
Child Pornography Possession
Child pornography possession: Knowingly receiving or distributing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including via digital files, electronic devices and online sharing, violates strict federal laws.
The receipt or possession of even a single prohibited image can trigger severe penalties, reflecting how seriously the criminal justice system takes crimes of this nature that exploit children. Convictions carry heavy prison sentences and lifelong requirements to register as sex offenders.
Racketeering (RICO Act)
Participating in an ongoing criminal enterprise through a “pattern of racketeering” like bribery, extortion, loan sharking, money laundering, and more is subject to heightened prosecution and penalties under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations statute.
The RICO Act allows indictments and prosecutions of entire criminal syndicates where lower-level members may also receive enhanced punishments as co-conspirators in long-running, organized criminal schemes.
Due to the extensive nature of the alleged racketeering activity, RICO prosecutions frequently result in severe prison sentences.
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Benefits of Working With a Federal Criminal Attorney
Here are some details on how an Arizona federal crimes defense lawyer with our firm can help:
Federal criminal law and procedures are specialized. Our lawyers have extensive experience in Arizona’s federal courts and understand the nuances to effectively defend your case.
Many lawyers have private investigators on staff to conduct their own fact-finding so no stone is left unturned in building the strongest defense possible. Public defenders have huge caseloads, while private attorneys can devote full attention to your specific case and have more funds for expert witnesses, investigators, etc.
If your case goes to trial, you need an attorney who is a skilled litigator and experienced federal trial advocate to argue your case persuasively before a jury or judge. It takes an experienced attorney to effectively stand up against well-funded federal agencies and attorneys.
Procedural Knowledge and Experience
Federal deadlines and filing requirements are strict. Reliance on an attorney’s extensive knowledge of federal procedural rules is important for avoiding pitfalls. Our criminal defense attorneys have experience in courts at the federal level and know how to navigate the procedures and processes.
Your criminal lawyer works behind the scenes with prosecutors exploring all opportunities for diversion programs, pretrial intervention, or cooperative agreements. A lawyer can advocate strategically to potentially reduce incarceration exposure and fight to minimize penalties.
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Contact an Arizona Federal Crimes Law Firm Today
The moment you suspect you are under federal investigation is the right time to contact an attorney. Facing federal charges feels overwhelming, but you don’t have to go through it alone. For decades, Suzuki Law Offices has defended clients against even the most complex allegations.
Our team understands the stress you’re experiencing and we’re here to help. Whether it’s drug charges, fraud, or anything in between, our attorneys will stop at nothing to build the strongest case possible.
Let us put our experience to work and fight for you. Contact us today. We’ll listen without judgment, provide honest guidance, and work diligently to protect your rights. Having experience on your side can make all the difference.