New Jersey Federal Crime Attorneys
In the United States, there are two criminal justice systems that typically govern you at any given time. In New Jersey, both the State of New Jersey and the federal United States Government write laws that govern your behavior. If you are charged with a federal crime in New Jersey, it is important to understand how those charges differ from NJ state charges and to contact an attorney experienced with federal criminal defense cases.
The New Jersey federal crime attorneys at the Law Offices of John J. Zarych represent defendants in federal criminal cases and work to help prove their innocence. Our lawyers can negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf and fight the evidence in your case to help get charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact our NJ federal crime lawyers today at (609) 616-4956.
Types of Federal Charges in New Jersey
Federal laws in the United States have a limited scope of jurisdiction. State charges can cover a wide variety of crimes, including assault, theft, and other common crimes. On the other hand, the federal government only has the power to write criminal laws related to the following areas:
- Crimes that concern interstate trade
- Crimes involving the mail
- Crimes against federal employees or systems under federal protection
- Crimes involving customs, immigration, and the border
- Crimes against the United States of America
Crimes dealing with interstate trade often include charges for fraud, conspiracy, and other illegal acts that cross state lines. If a crime involves people in multiple states, it usually falls under federal jurisdiction.
The most common crime involving the mail is mail fraud. Aside from the mail, other interstate systems also fall under the purview of federal crimes, including interstate wire transmissions and the Internet.
Crimes against federal employees typically include standard crimes that the state would have jurisdiction over. However, the fact that the victim of that crime is a federal employee gives the U.S. government authority to handle the criminal charges in that case. This usually applies to cases where the victim is an FBI agent, employee at a courthouse, postal service worker, member of the armed services, or another federal employee. Additionally, things that the U.S. government regulates and protects, such as banks, can also put the crime under federal jurisdiction.
Crimes involving customs and immigration deal with crimes related to bringing items into the country, such as illegal drugs. Crimes involving the border, air travel, and immigration are also under the U.S. Government’s jurisdiction.
Crimes against the United States of America are any crimes that may not have a specific victim, but generally harm the U.S. Serious crimes like treason would fall under this category, but so would crimes involving tax fraud, tax evasion, and counterfeiting.
Examples of Federal Crimes
Many federal crimes are common offenses often discussed in the news. Many federal crimes are more “sophisticated” in that they require a high level of police work, investigation, and legal knowledge to try these cases in court. Because of this, the elements of the crime and the proof required to convict someone of these offenses are often much more intensive than simple crimes like theft or DUI.
The following are all examples of federal crimes in New Jersey:
- Interstate drug trafficking
- Mail fraud
- Mail theft
- Tax evasion
- Credit fraud
- Identity theft
- Organized crime offenses
- Bank robbery
Hiring an Attorney for Help with a Federal Offense
If you or a loved one was charged with a federal crime in New Jersey, you should speak with an experienced federal crime defense lawyer. The New Jersey federal crime lawyers at the Law Offices of John J. Zarych have decades of experience handling criminal cases in both the state and federal systems.
Our attorneys understand that the trial process in many federal crimes involves more complex facts and more sophisticated offenses. The laws that govern federal criminal offenses are often written in more complex ways and require a deep understanding of the law to determine the best defense strategy.
Federal prosecutors work directly for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and are often some of the best-trained and most experienced prosecutors in the country. U.S. Attorneys (USAs) and Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) work with the FBI, ATF, FDA, and other federal law enforcement to investigate and pursue these cases. Often, the legal groundwork behind evidence collection is supervised directly by an AUSA, which makes it more difficult to challenge the evidence collected against you. Still, our attorneys will work to hold these federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors to the highest standards of the law, fighting illegal evidence and rights violations at every step of the case.
Our attorneys may be able to negotiate with the DOJ on your behalf to see if charges can be dropped or dismissed. In many cases, the DOJ may decide to pursue civil penalties only, dropping federal charges for crimes. Contact an attorney for help negotiating your case and working to get charges reduced or dismissed.
Call Our New Jersey Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Today for a Free Legal Consultation
When faced with federal criminal charges, it is vital to talk to an attorney who can take your case and represent you before the U.S. District Courts in New Jersey. The New Jersey federal crime lawyers at the Law Offices of John J. Zarych offer free consultations to help you understand the charges you face and how our lawyers can help protect your rights. To schedule your free legal consultation, call our law offices today at (609) 616-4956.