Alexandria Federal Defense Attorney
Let Bynum & Jenkins Law Defend You Against Serious Allegations
While most crimes committed in Virginia are considered state crimes, criminal offenses involving some national issue, such as money laundering, conspiracy, RICO and drug trafficking, are handled by the federal criminal court. A conviction in federal court leads to harsher penalties, such as a lengthy federal prison sentence. Due to the severity of the charges you face, it is imperative to hire a criminal defense attorney with a vast amount of experience handling federal crimes.
At Bynum & Jenkins Law, we have 26 years of experience defending clients in state and federal courts throughout Virginia. To assist our clients, our Alexandria federal criminal defense lawyers regularly sub-contract, on an as need basis, the services of private investigators, polygraph examiners, social workers, mitigation specialist, and mental health experts. We are ready to provide you with aggressive and personalized legal representation to help you avoid serious criminal penalties.
The Difference Between Federal & State Crimes
As we mentioned before, most crimes – whether it’s theft or murder – are violations of state law. However, if a criminal offense involves some sort of federal or national interest, then the federal court has jurisdiction over such a case.
The federal government handles the following types of crimes:
- Any crime that occurs on federal property – From federal banks and military bases to national forests and Indian reservations, any offense committed on federal land will be handled by federal authorities, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or another federal law enforcement department.
- Any crime that takes place in more than one state – For instance, a wire fraud scheme involving perpetrators and victims in multiple states.
- Any crime that crosses state lines – For example, transporting a large amount of drugs from Virginia to North Carolina.
- Violations of immigration or customs law – Common examples include human trafficking from one country to another and importing counterfeits items for sale.
Federal penalties are longer compared to penalties administered in state court. Those who are convicted in federal court may serve a federal prison sentence, rather than spending time in state prison.
Ready to Fight for the Justice & Outcome You Deserve Today
Since 1999, Bynum & Jenkins Law has helped many clients dealing with federal charges throughout Virginia. Our firm has received many awards – such as 10 Best Attorney in 2017 by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys and one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers – because of our successful results and the attentive and responsive legal counsel we provide to our clients.
Call (703) 537-5522 today to discuss your case with an Alexandria federal criminal defense attorney.