Federal criminal defense

Can a Bank Error Get You Accused of Fraud?

By Lee Koch | May 20, 2021 | Comments Off on Can a Bank Error Get You Accused of Fraud?

Remember the old Monopoly card? “Bank error in your favor, collect $200?“ Bank errors do happen, and sometimes they result in unexpected deposits ending up in your account. Unfortunately, if you treat that money like a windfall and run out to start spending that money, you could end up in a lot of trouble. For…

In the News: Former Netflix VP Convicted of Fraud and Money Laundering

By Lee Koch | May 3, 2021 | Comments Off on In the News: Former Netflix VP Convicted of Fraud and Money Laundering

On Friday, April 30, former Netflix VP Michael Kail was found guilty on 28 counts of wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, and seven counts of money laundering. He was convicted of receiving stock options, bribes, and kickbacks from tech companies in return for approving their contracts. A kickback is any illegal payment received…

What to Do if You’re Accused of PPP Loan Fraud

By Lee Koch | April 17, 2021 | Comments Off on What to Do if You’re Accused of PPP Loan Fraud

On March 29, 2020, lawmakers responded to the Covid-19 pandemic by passing the CARES act. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was a part of that package. The program allowed small businesses to take out a loan for the purpose of keeping their employees on the payroll. Nearly a year later, the Justice Department has prosecuted…

What is a Character Reference Letter in a Federal Criminal Defense Case?

By Lee Koch | March 31, 2021 | Comments Off on What is a Character Reference Letter in a Federal Criminal Defense Case?

If you take your federal criminal case all the way to trial and lose, then eventually you will be facing a sentencing hearing. At that point, your energy, and your lawyer’s energy, will turn primarily to sentence mitigation.  One of the tools that you can use to do this is to gather character reference letters.…

What Should You Do If You Receive a Grand Jury Subpoena?

By Lee Koch | March 10, 2021 | Comments Off on What Should You Do If You Receive a Grand Jury Subpoena?

Receiving a federal Grand Jury subpoena can be nerve wracking. Yet it’s important to understand exactly what you should do if you receive this type of document. According to federal law, the Grand Jury, as a representative of the public, “has a claim to every man’s evidence,” except for “persons protected by a constitutional, common…

What is Self-Surrender?

By Lee Koch | February 25, 2021 | Comments Off on What is Self-Surrender?

Sometimes it’s just not possible to get an acquittal in a federal case, even if you have a very skilled federal criminal lawyer. You have to remember that 92% of the people who get targeted for a criminal investigation tend to either plead guilty or be found guilty in court. In part this is because…

Building a Defense for Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

By Lee Koch | February 12, 2021 | Comments Off on Building a Defense for Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

Drug charges are some of the most serious federal charges you might ever face. They’re also some of the most common convictions made by the federal government. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways that a federal criminal defense attorney can help you build a defense against these charges. Common Drug Charge Defenses In a…

What is Money Laundering?

By Lee Koch | January 18, 2021 | Comments Off on What is Money Laundering?

The crime of money laundering consists of taking money from drugs, theft, or other criminal activity and “transforming it” into legitimate money by running it through a front business of some kind. Often this will require some sort of cash business and some accounting fraud.  Some criminals use complex banking schemes or cryptocurrencies to conduct…

What is the Crime of Conspiracy?

By Lee Koch | December 16, 2020 | Comments Off on What is the Crime of Conspiracy?

Sometimes, criminal defendants come to us not because they themselves have committed a crime, but because they have been caught up in the eddies of another person’s criminal act. They’re being charged with conspiracy, often either in a drug case, money laundering case, or fraud case.  Many people in this situation are deeply in over…

Post-Conviction Options in a Federal Case

By Lee Koch | November 30, 2020 | Comments Off on Post-Conviction Options in a Federal Case

It’s happened: you’ve been convicted of a federal crime. On TV, the lawyer confidently turns to the client and says: “Don’t worry. We’ll fix it on appeal.” In reality, the post-conviction options are a lot more complex, and appeals don’t always get you where you want to go. What is an appeal? An appeal is…