Federal Criminal Law

Federal Criminal Law


You’ve probably heard the expression “Don’t make a federal case out of it.” This phrase comes from the fact that federal prosecutions are serious business. While state police will arrest you immediately upon discovering criminal activity, federal law enforcement takes the opposite approach.

Federal authorities will sit, watch and wait, sometimes for years, until they have identified everybody involved in a crime and feel that they have a bulletproof case. In most cases, white collar crimes are considered federal offenses. Additionally, federal prosecutors can elect to prosecute state cases that also constitute federal crimes. The penalties for Federal Crimes are much more serious than state crimes and defendants are not automatically entitled to bail following their arrest.


The federal government has the ability to prosecute any case that falls under a federal criminal statute. These include violent crimes, drug crimes, sex crimes, interstate crimes, international crimes, conspiracy crimes, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations, and many others.

Scholars studying the U.S. federal criminal code have often commented that the code can be used to prosecute almost anybody for anything. If you find yourself facing one of these serious matters, you need the best possible representation at the earliest stage of the problem. Our attorneys are here to help.

If you have been accused of one of these crimes, you may face a long prison sentence, large fines, restitution and other penalties. Our Los Angeles attorneys are experienced with an unmatched track record in assisting their clients in a variety of federal criminal matters, including:


This is the deceiving of another person with the intent to cause damage, often financial in nature.


If you are being accused of using the Internet to commit a crime, we can help.


If you failed to pay taxes or hide assets to avoid taxation, you may face charges of tax evasion, structuring or other tax-related crimes.


This involves taking money with which you were entrusted, usually over a long period of time.


Passing money through a variety of entities or bank accounts to conceal the illegal source is called money laundering. Failing to report cash transactions is called structuring.


Manufacturing, distributing and trafficking illegal drugs are often considered federal crimes, particularly when they involve large quantities, interstate or international operation.

Federal criminal charges are some of the most serious charges a person can face, so it’s important to have a skilled criminal defense attorney working on your behalf. With a reputation for providing a vigorous defense and working toward the best possible results, Shevin Law Group has served individuals throughout the country since 1992.

We focus on doing everything we can to protect our clients. We take a personal interest in your case and want nothing more than the best possible outcome for you, your life, your family, and your future.


Punishment for white collar crimes can be severe. Some activities are prohibited by specific laws while others are prohibited by a series of laws more generally addressing dishonest behavior. Knowledge of white collar criminal activity can be inferred through unusual business practices that support criminal activity, such as accepting large amounts of cash and failing to report receipt of cash proceeds in excess of $10,000.00.

One defense strategy is entrapment. Another, used by bigger businesses, is to claim that one individual committed the crime without the knowledge or authority of the company. If a corporation or company manager becomes aware of a concealed danger within the company, that person is required to immediately report the danger. Failing to do so may result in criminal consequences for the manager and the company.

Make no mistake about it — criminal laws in the Federal system are complex. If you’ve been accused of a Federal crime, it is vital to consult with a skilled lawyer who gives you options and provides a robust defense strategy.

At Shevin Law Group, we have provided comprehensive criminal representation for people throughout Southern California since 1992. Clients turn to us because they know we personally fight for the best outcome, working hard and exploring every legal avenue. We care deeply about you and your future. Call us at (818) 918-5838 to discuss your situation.

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