Federal Criminal Defense
Becoming ensnared in a federal criminal case, whether as a target of an investigation, a witness or a defendant, is a life-altering event. Compared to New York State cases, the rules are completely different, the laws, the prosecutors – and the potential penalties are greater which even can include death. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman we have represented clients charged with every sort of federal crime contained in the United States Code and have been practicing in the federal courts all over our country for decades. We have represented targets of federal criminal investigations – including those who have had their homes and offices searched by the FBI – which resulted in no charges being brought. We have represented defendants charged in some of nation’s most notorious federal criminal cases and gotten acquittals, dozens of non-custodial sentences and even gotten some federal cases dismissed either voluntarily by a prosecutor or upon a motion to the court.
Our collective experience is nearly entirely in the area of criminal law. And our experience does not consist entirely of plea bargains; clients hire us to go to trial and to win trials. We are not former federal prosecutors who rush into the United States Attorney’s Office to cooperate a client as soon as we’re hired: instead we are retained to figure out a way to turn a very bad situation into a much better one. And this can be done due to our decades of experience in federal cases which includes exhaustive investigation and trial preparation; with such tenacious advocacy we can oftentimes elicit very favorable plea deals from prosecutors instead of the government risking a trial they may lose. These are not mere words: our record is easily and publicly verifiable.
A federal sentencing is also much different than a state sentence: the United States Sentencing Guidelines is a complex, multi-volume treatise filled with many opportunities for a downward departure or downward variance -- a sentence lower than that which is called for in your plea agreement or estimated by the government upon conviction after trial. We have made countless such motions for downward departures and variances at federal sentencings and won them – and received praise from federal judges for our presentations, one of whom stated on the record that our submission was “a model of an effective sentencing memorandum.” Advocacy at a federal sentencing is an art unto itself and an application of the sentencing factors contained in 18 U.S.C. § 3553 (a) as well as downward departure decisions throughout the federal courts in the country should be thoroughly considered.
We have also represented our clients in parallel related, civil proceedings including actions before the Security and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”).
Federal cases we have handled, in the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York and throughout the country, include charges of:
- Attempted Murder and Conspiracy to Murder
- Bank Fraud
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Extortionate Extensions and Collections of Credit
- Federal Bank Robbery
- Firearms Charges
- Use or Carrying of a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence or Drug Trafficking Offense
- Forfeiture Proceedings
- Health Care Fraud
- Hobbs Act Extortion, Robbery and Public Corruption
- Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud
- Making False Statements
- Misprision of a Felony
- Mortgage Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Narcotics Charges
- Obstruction of Justice
- Public Corruption
- Securities Fraud
- Tax Fraud
- Theft of Government Property
- Unlawful Employment of Aliens
Call or email us today to discuss your case. With decades of experience and exhaustive investigation and trial preparation, we can safeguard your rights and ensure that your criminal case does not destroy your life and that of your family.