Oklahoma Federal Crimes Attorney
While certain aspects of the criminal process are shared by both state and federal criminal prosecutions, other aspects of the two settings are worlds apart. Generally, Oklahoma federal courts create a much more difficult environment for negotiating a plea agreement due to the existence of the federal sentencing guidelines. However, the fact that Oklahoma federal criminal court is generally more difficult to navigate in no way should lessen the perceived seriousness of an Oklahoma criminal prosecution in any other setting.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics show that Federal criminal prosecutions have been on a steady rise for the past 15 years. Moreover, federal criminal charges are often viewed as more serious than Oklahoma state criminal charges due to the prosecuting party. Obviously, the State of Oklahoma is the prosecution in an Oklahoma state criminal proceeding; however, in a federal prosecution, it is the full force of the United States of America trying to convict the Defendant. Understandably, the United States of America has greater resources and man power that it is willing to unleash on any individual who draws its wrath. As such, any Defendant charged with a federal crime in Oklahoma needs and experienced federal criminal lawyer.
Oklahoma Immigration-Related Crimes
Immigration prosecutions have dominated the realm of federal criminal prosecution in recent years. In 2009, immigration was the most prevalent federal criminal charge in the United States at the time of arrest and investigation. As the United States has made further efforts to “beef-up” its border patrol, more and more individuals are being apprehended and prosecuted for allegations of illegal immigration. Regardless of the truth of the allegations, individuals must realize that the United States Constitution protects the rights of all human beings subject to its authority and not merely U.S. citizens. As such, any person charged with a violation of criminal law in this country deserves the protection and shelter of at least the minimal constitutional protections the United States of America was founded on. A person’s citizenship is of no consequence to his or right to an effective Oklahoma immigration attorney.
Federal Drug-Related Crimes
With the United States continually crusading its largely unsuccessful “War on Drugs,” federal drug crimes have taken a front seat in the eyes of federal prosecutors. In 2009, federal criminal drug charges where the most prevalent federal criminal offense at the time of adjudication and sentencing. Federal drug charges were also reported as the largest area of conviction for Defendants in prison and under federal supervision.
The vast majority of federal drug charges stem from the movement of illegal drugs or illegal drug funds across state lines. This is because the major basis for Congress' drug-enforcement authority comes from its Constitutionally-granted powers over the areas of commerce, taxation, and the postal service. As such, whenever illicit drugs or material related to the distribution or manufacturing of such drugs perks the federal government’s collective ears, there is always the possibility that agencies such as the ATF, DEA, or FBI may become intimately involved with the investigation and prosecution.
Federal White Collar Crimes
As noted earlier, many aspects of the criminal process are shared by both federal and state criminal prosecutions. Though white collar crimes do not generally involve violence, there is always a victim. A single scam can destroy a company, devastate families, or cost investors billions of dollars. The stakes may be higher when dealing with white collar prosecutions on the federal level, but federal white collar crime still draws many similarities to Oklahoma white collar crime.
Federal Violent Crimes
Violence happens every day in the United States. Often times, the violence will be isolated to one state or municipality; however, there has been a study influx of federal violent crime throughout our country’s history.
Please read more here about laws pertaining to homicide, arson, and assault & battery. Any act of violence can be investigated and prosecuted by the federal authorities when it occurs in more than one state. Furthermore, federal agencies are able to prosecute violence when they are able to fit the allegations into the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), which was created by the federal government in 1970 to prosecute the Mafia as well as others who were actively engaged in organized crime. Regardless, RICO’s influence has grown much more widespread in recent years and serves as an invaluable tool for federal prosecutors.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a federal crime in Oklahoma, time is of the essence. You need an experienced federal criminal lawyer, and you need one right now. Call the Law Offices of Adam R. Banner, P.C., and retain an accomplished attorney ready to fight for your rights. Call us today at (405) 778-4800 for a free consultation.