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When you’re up against a federal charge, you’re facing some of the greatest minds the United States government has to offer, from U.S. attorneys to government agencies. You need an attorney who is even better — you need the law firm of Katz & Phillips.

We have successfully negotiated the legal labyrinth of the federal court system before and aren’t intimidated by the clout of the United States government. We will tackle it on your behalf and defend your rights zealously, whether you are charged with tax evasion, counterfeiting, terrorism, or treason.

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Penalties rise exponentially when you are convicted of a federal crime. Prison terms are usually longer. Fines can reach many thousands of dollars. You could be placed under house arrest. If you are not a United States citizen, you could be deported.

At the very least, you will serve community service, face probation or parole issues, and have to live with a serious mark on your criminal record that will never go away.

Federal property crimes defense and immigration violations are two practice areas in which we have ample experience. You need an experienced defender against these serious consequences.

Types of federal crime cases we handle

The Orlando criminal defense lawyers at Katz & Phillips, P.A. handle two main types of federal crimes – crimes that take place on federal property and immigration violations. The following is a detailed look at both.

Federal property 

Federally-owned property is protected under federal laws. These types of property include post offices, military bases, and more. Offenses that might not have had such severe penalties if they were committed on privately owned property would be punished much more harshly when committed on federal property. 

It’s important to contact an Orlando federal criminal defense attorney that understands how to defend the rights of those accused of federal crimes. Federal courts have a different way of operating than state courts and hiring someone that isn’t experienced and proficient in these procedures can have a harmful effect on your case.

Types of federal property crimes

The vast majority of people don’t know that when an otherwise relatively minor crime occurs on federal property – or one that involves theft of federal property – the consequences can be incredibly severe.

Of course, being charged with a crime such as theft, dealing drugs, DUI or arson is a very serious situation whether the alleged crime occurs on private, public, or federal property. But if you’re caught vandalizing or even trespassing on federal property, you’ll be in much more trouble than you would likely ever imagine.

When a crime occurs on federal property, it’s treated as a federal crime.  Examples of federal property include the following:

  • Federal courthouses
  • Military bases
  • U.S. post offices
  • Federal buildings where governmental agencies are housed
  • Any other property owned by the U.S. government

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Charges and penalties for federal property crimes

When we say that a crime on a piece of federal property carries harsh penalties, we’re not exaggerating. Many offenses that would be treated as a misdemeanor in other jurisdictions will be charged as felonies. Yes, you could potentially be facing a felony charge if you spray paint the outside of a U.S. post office wall involving imprisonment and hefty fines.

A conviction of a felony offense will leave you labeled as a felon. Felon status could cost you to lose your job, could make it difficult to get another one, and could affect your housing. There are plenty of other severe ramifications, too.

This is one of the many reasons you’re going to have to get in touch with a Katz & Phillips Orlando federal criminal defense attorney as soon as you possibly can.

How we can help with federal property crimes

Our firm has the resources needed to aggressively and successfully defend anyone against federal property crimes. Although we can never guarantee that any case will be won, we are confident in our experience and skill and have a high success rate with federal property crimes. We will thoroughly review the evidence brought against you in court to ensure that it was properly acquired.

If the evidence is insufficient to support the conviction or taken illegally, we may be able to get your penalties lessened or the charges dropped. We believe that every one of our clients is entitled to outstanding legal representation.

Immigration violations 

Unfortunately, even a small offense can result in the eventual deportation of an individual. If you or a loved one has been convicted of a crime as a non-citizen, you should seek assistance immediately.

In most cases, even if there isn’t a criminal conviction, immigration will consider it a criminal conviction. That is just one of the reasons why it is so important for a non-citizen to hire a skilled attorney that he or she can trust. Permanent exclusion and deportation are often the results of a criminal charge against a non-citizen.

Types of immigration violations

With the increased focus on stemming the tide of illegal immigration, authorities are, of course, cracking down like never before. Immigration violations are federal crimes. Adults can be sent to federal prison, while their children can be forced to stay in a federally-run shelter or in a foster home. 

Incarceration in federal prison for an immigration conviction can last for months – or possibly even years. If convicted, they might find it almost impossible to ever legally migrate to the U.S. 

There are two main types of federal immigration violations – illegal entry and illegal re-entry. If someone tries to enter a U.S. point of entry without proper documentation or makes a false statement while trying to enter, they can be charged with a federal crime. 

Illegal re-entry is similar. It’s considered a federal crime to try to re-enter the U.S. after having been deported, denied admission, or after having been ordered to be removed from the country.

Charges and penalties of immigration violations

The penalty for illegal entry can be six months in jail and a fine, even for a first offense. Illegal re-entry carries a prison sentence of up to two years in most instances. However, if the person being charged had been removed from the U.S. for committing certain kinds of crimes, they could be imprisoned for as long as 20 years.

For example, if you were removed from the U.S. after being convicted of a felony or three misdemeanors (any of which involved crimes against another person or drugs), you’ll potentially be looking at a 10-year prison sentence. If your crime was an aggravated felony, the potential jail sentence could be 20 years.

How we can help you and your family with immigration violations

At Katz & Phillips, P.A., we offer skilled and high-quality legal representation to all of our clients. Immigration laws are always changing, so it’s extremely important to hire an attorney that is knowledgeable and efficient in immigration law.

In addition, it is helpful to have an attorney that has experience dealing with homeland security and other federal government agencies. Some charges have a surprisingly large effect on one’s immigration status. Any attorney hired should first thoroughly review the immigration consequences of a crime so that the proper actions can be taken. In some cases, the only way to avoid immigration problems is to obtain a dismissal.

An offense that may not affect another’s life broadly can utterly ruin the future of someone who is not a citizen. Don’t allow your future to be decided by another, hire an attorney that can review your case and start assisting you immediately.

When to hire an attorney

As you can see, the potential punishments for either of these federal crimes are severe. U.S. prosecutors are very experienced and very powerful. But that doesn’t mean they can’t make mistakes. 

You’re going to need legal help, and you’re going to need it quickly. A Katz & Phillips Orlando federal crime attorney will help you stand up to this intimidating opposition, and determine the best possible strategy for your defense.

Contact our Orlando federal criminal defense attorneys today

Being convicted of a crime listed here will change the rest of your life. You need an attorney with extensive success and experience in defending clients against the federal government.

You need the Orlando criminal defense attorneys from Katz & Phillips.

Associations & Accolades
James Phillips and David Katz are both Board Certified DUI Defense Experts. In fact they are two of only four Board Certified DUI Defense Experts practicing in the State of Florida.
National College For DUI Defense Board Certified Specialist
Orlando Criminal Team Awards