Federal vs. State Charges

This means that federal agencies, with vast resources, can be involved in pursuing someone who they think has committed a crime. While state authorities may still be involved in a federal criminal case, it is important to know that the penalties for federal charges are usually much harsher than a similar crime charged at the state level.

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When Can a Crime Mean Federal Charges?

In general, a federal crime is a misdemeanor or felony offense that:

  • Involves two or more states
  • Was committed on federal property or an Indian Reservation 
  • Violates United States Codes specific to the type of offense involved

Never Face Federal Charges on Your Own

Federal charges can mean very expensive fines and many years of imprisonment in the Federal Bureau of prisons. It’s overwhelming to be accused of doing something wrong, so when federal law enforcement agencies get involved, you need an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer who isn’t afraid of tackling what you’re up against.

Rob Hanauer and his team at Hanauer Law in Peoria are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to handling federal prosecution. You’ll feel more confident and at ease after just one conversation with Rob about your case. We don’t sugarcoat the situation, but instead, we take the time to help you understand the legal process as it relates to your specific case and what we are going to do about it.

We’re No Strangers to Federal Court

If you have been charged with a federal crime in the greater Peoria, Illinois, area, then you want an experienced and energetic defense attorney behind you. Our federal criminal defense attorneys in Peoria, Illinois, are licensed to practice in federal court and have a thorough understanding of the federal justice system. In fact, Rob Hanauer has handled enough federal criminal cases to be on a panel of experienced private federal criminal defense attorneys who are regularly contacted by the federal court and asked to represent those accused of federal crimes. Schedule a case evaluation with a federal criminal defense lawyer at Hanauer Law today and see what we can do for you. We thrive on going to bat for our clients and have the track record of success you need.

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Types of Federal Crimes We Handle

A defense attorney with us has gotten positive results in cases brought against clients by U.S. agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  We handle the defense of many types of federal crimes, including:

  • Drug Charges: drug trafficking, distribution, or sales across state lines
  • Firearm Charges: illegal transportation or sales of firearms across state lines; possession or use of illegal firearms; felon in possession of a firearm; use of a firearm while committing a crime
  • White Collar Offenses: identity theft, credit card fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, computer crimes, embezzlement
  • Tax Fraud: failure to pay tax/tax evasion, fraudulent exemptions, tax document forgery or alterations, filing false tax returns
  • Violent Crimes: robbery, bank robbery, kidnapping, federal hate crimes, murder (which is punishable by the death penalty at the federal level in certain cases even though Illinois is a non-capital punishment state)
  • Sex Offenses: child pornography

You Need a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Now

Federal charges mean you need an aggressive criminal defense.  We know what the stakes are when a client comes to us, and we are passionate about getting results. Contact our firm immediately for a free initial consultation and find out what we can do to help you.

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