Being identified as someone worthy of investigation for a federal crime can be one of the most unnerving experiences an individual can endure. It is very difficult to make decisions about next steps when dealing with the uncertainty and anxiety of being charged with a federal crime.

Protect Your Rights

As soon as possible after an investigation starts, and certainly after charges have been filed, you need to take action to protect your rights. The accused are protected under the Constitution and knowing your rights is extremely valuable as you navigate the complex criminal justice system. Some of the most common federal crimes a Missouri or Kansas resident may face are drug crimes, pornography charges, and a host of crimes generally classified under the umbrella of fraud.

Federal Drug Crimes

Some of the most common federal charges associated with drug crimes include:

  • Possession with intent to distribute large quantities of an illegal drug
  • Importing high volumes of a controlled substance
  • Conspiracy to trafficking methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana or another controlled substance
  • Manufacture of methamphetamine and cultivation of marijuana

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Federal Child Pornography Charges

State, as well as federal laws, prohibit the possession of video, visual representations or photographs of any nude or sexual activity of any individual under age 18. 

Being convicted of simple possession of child pornography in the western district of Missouri or the district of Kansas could lead to a mandatory minimum sentence of five years with no opportunity for supervised release, parole or probation. 

Any individual facing charges of advertising, transmitting, producing, distributing, or profiting from child pornography may face more severe penalties.

White Collar Crimes

Many white collar crimes include allegations of fraud. Even if you believe yourself to be innocent, you need to take these accusations seriously immediately. 

Some of the most common white collar crimes an individual may be charged with include:

  • Internet fraud
  • Extortion
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Healthcare fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Larceny or theft by check

Consequences for federal crimes can include jail time, fines, probation, and more. A federal charge on your criminal record can continue to follow you for years to come, and even the suggestion of potential charges should be followed by retaining a criminal defense lawyer. 

While the prosecution bears the burden of proof in pursuing these charges against you, can can expect they will leverage all possible resources and avenues in the pursuit of a criminal conviction. Likewise, an accused individual must take his/her own future seriously by retaining a Missouri or Kansas criminal defense lawyer who has experience handling federal charges.

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Federal crimes defense lawyer in Missouri & Kansas.

Greg Abella has the experience with federal charges to understand how the prosecution is likely to craft their case and the most compelling strategies for a vigorous defense. Attorney Abella’s goal is to respond assertively to potential investigations and charges and to keep the client informed at each stage in the process. While Attorney Abella hopes to resolve issues sooner than trial where possible, he always works to prepare each case as if it will ultimately go to trial, giving you the peace of mind that you have someone working hard for you from day one.