An Experienced and Successful Minnesota Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Federal crimes are generally more serious than crimes charged in state courts. And the penalties in federal cases are generally more harsh - there are many offenses which carry a mandatory sentence of five, ten or even twenty years in prison. Many crimes can be charged in either state OR Federal court and the consequences of being charged in Federal court are serious.

Although there are literally thousands of crimes which can be charged in Federal courts, federal prosecutors generally focus on drug offenses involving large quantities of drugs, firearms crimes, health care fraud and large scale frauds such as money laundering or bank fraud and other white collar crimes. Because Federal court rules, procedures, laws and sentencing are significantly different from State court, it is important to have an attorney with experience in Federal court. Ryan Pacyga leads our federal practice group -he has worked for several years defending people against federal offenses, in various areas of the nation including serious appeals.

Here's an example of a successful result Ryan Pacyga obtained in federal court: http://youtu.be/7YR48ajYfYw?list=UUagTcKwQC2KSB_G9HYkdJeQ

If you are currently facing charges in federal court, or are under investigation by any federal agency and may face charges, this is a very serious and dangerous situation. It is essential that a federal criminal charge is managed by a defense lawyer with a great depth of understanding of the system, and extensive experience in defending cases in the federal court system. We defend people and corporations throughout the USA in all federal courts, and have appeared in several federal courts around the nation.

How Do I Know If I Am Dealing With A Federal Crime?

Federal crimes are usually investigated by agents of the FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service and IRS. So if someone from one of those agencies has contacted you, it is likely that you are being investigated for a federal crime. Sometimes local police work along with federal agents, too, so this isn't the only way to tell.

Federal crimes are prosecuted by an Assistant United States Attorney. If you have been indicted or received a summons from a United States District Court, it is a federal matter. In addition, some crimes can start in state court and then transfer over to federal court. The crimes typically consist of a set of numbers and letters, for example: 21 USC or 18 USC. Our experience has helped steer a few clients clear of the feds taking a case against our clients.

What Should I Do If I Have Been Contacted By A Federal Agent Or Subpoenaed To Testify Before A Federal Grand Jury?

There are many potential pitfalls to communicating with federal agents or testifying before a federal grand jury. Sometimes it is the best thing to do, but before you make that decision, you should have a wise, experienced federal criminal defense lawyer advise and counsel you on the decision. Doing so helps assure that you make the best decision for you, your business and your family. We are here to advise you of the advantages and disadvantages in doing so, and in some cases, attorney Ryan Pacyga has been able to obtain immunity for clients who decided to provide information during an investigation and avoid an indictment for them. To schedule a free consultation, call federal criminal defense lawyer Ryan Pacyga at 612-339-5844.