Federal criminal defense

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…

Should You Go to Trial if Accused of a White Collar Crime?

By Lee Koch | November 4, 2020 | Comments Off on Should You Go to Trial if Accused of a White Collar Crime?

When you’re charged with a white collar crime then you’ve got some tough decisions ahead. One of them is to decide whether to take a plea bargain or whether to take your day in court.  Though it’s impossible to give you specific legal advice without seeing the facts of your case, there are some general…

Understanding The Federal Crime of Bankruptcy Fraud

By Lee Koch | October 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Understanding The Federal Crime of Bankruptcy Fraud

As projections say that millions of Americans will file for bankruptcy in the coming months, it’s a good idea to review the federal crime of bankruptcy fraud. According to the US Department of Justice, one out of every 10 bankruptcy filings involve some element of fraud. While this is not a bankruptcy law office, we…

Can You Go to Jail for Gambling Online?

By Lee Koch | September 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Can You Go to Jail for Gambling Online?

There’s a reason why reading the fine print on almost any gambling site will tell you the site is being run out of some small country overseas. Online gambling is illegal in all 50 states.  Technically, you can be brought up on charges for placing bets online.  It is rare for individual gamblers to be…

How Does Bail Work in Federal Court?

By Lee Koch | September 2, 2020 | Comments Off on How Does Bail Work in Federal Court?

If you’re in the middle of a federal court case you may be wondering whether bail might be available to you after your arrest. After all, you already know there are some significant differences between a federal case and a state one. After your arrest, you’ll have a bail hearing. The judge has sole authority…

How Does the Grand Jury Process Work in a Criminal Case?

By Lee Koch | August 15, 2020 | Comments Off on How Does the Grand Jury Process Work in a Criminal Case?

Before charges may formally be laid in a criminal case, the prosecutor must bring that case in front of a grand jury. The grand jury decides whether the prosecution has enough evidence to proceed. If they decide the prosecutor has sufficient evidence, the prosecutor can charge an individual with a crime and the criminal justice…

How Long Do The Feds Have to File Charges?

By Lee Koch | August 1, 2020 | Comments Off on How Long Do The Feds Have to File Charges?

One thing that’s different about being investigated by the federal government is that you generally know you’re being investigated. You may know what specific crime the feds think you committed and you may not, but you usually get a letter letting you know that they’re taking a look at you and your activities. Even if…

Are Gun Crimes Automatically Considered Federal Crimes?

By Lee Koch | July 16, 2020 | Comments Off on Are Gun Crimes Automatically Considered Federal Crimes?

Gun violence is on the rise in New York City. If you are a defendant accused of a gun crime, you could face both federal and state charges. Adding firearms to any other crime can also make the charges and likely sentence far more serious.  New York itself has very strong gun laws. For example,…

Do Federal Cases Ever Get Dismissed?

By Lee Koch | June 16, 2020 | Comments Off on Do Federal Cases Ever Get Dismissed?

The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure allow the government or the court to dismiss any indictment, information, or complaint.  The specific law is written as follows: “The government may, with leave of court, dismiss an indictment, information, or complaint. The government may not dismiss the prosecution during trial without the defendant’s consent. The court may…