West Virginia Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers


The distinction between state and federal crimes often confuses many, but it’s simple – if a law is broken that the United States government has set, or if the alleged offense occurs on federal property or involves federal personnel, it’s a federal matter. Otherwise, state laws and courts handle the situation.

Federal crimes encompass those that break United States federal law, offenses perpetrated on federal territory, or significant crimes stretching beyond state borders. These are different from state crimes, which are judged against state legislation and managed by state prosecutors.

Understanding the specific legal terrain of federal offenses is essential. Not every West Virginia criminal lawyer is cleared to operate in the federal court system. Thus, securing legal advice from professionals who know their way around federal court, like our well-known West Virginia DUI lawyers at Mountaineer Law Group, is critical for a strong defense strategy in this sphere. We’ve achieved numerous victories including acquittals in the federal court.

For a personal discussion with a West Virginia criminal lawyer at no charge, please contact us at (304) 381-3656 today.

What Sets Federal Criminal Charges Apart?

Federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, DEA, ATF, IRS, and the Department of Justice not only have more comprehensive resources but are often better funded than their state and local counterparts. They can invest years and substantial efforts in an investigation before any arrests.

These investigations are typically for complex crimes, involving a range of federal agencies with considerable resources. If you find yourself the subject of such a probe, particularly in cases related to white-collar crime, seeking immediate legal guidance is imperative to ensure your rights remain intact during questioning by federal personnel. For vigorous defense, look no further than Mountaineer Law Group.

Federal Offenses

Federal crimes span a wide gamut, from violent acts to white-collar crimes, each in violation of various federal statutes:

Examples of federal crimes, among others, include:

  • Drug Trafficking: Sentencing varies widely, potentially resulting in life in prison based on the drug type and volume.
  • Bank Fraud: This carries a possible maximum penalty of thirty years imprisonment and up to one million dollars in fines.
  • Interstate Kidnapping: The law provides for life sentence options.
  • Mail Fraud: Convictions lead to up to two decades in prison plus significant financial penalties.
  • Tax Evasion: Individuals may face up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines, with businesses potentially incurring up to $500,000.
  • Cybercrimes: Activities such as hacking carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison depending on crime severity.
  • Money Laundering: Making illegal proceeds seem legitimate can result in a 20-year sentence and substantial fines.
  • Insider Trading: Trading based on non-public information can entail decades in prison and multimillion-dollar fines.
  • Ponzi Schemes: High promised returns leading to scams attract up to 20 years imprisonment and large fines.
  • Armed Bank Robbery: Using a weapon to rob a bank could lead to a quarter-century in prison.
  • Election Fraud: Tampering with electoral processes may result in five years imprisonment and steep fines.
  • Human Trafficking: Engaging in the exploitation cycle can lead to a life sentence.
  • Organized Crime: Organized illicit activity for profit could invite heavy financial penalties and lifelong imprisonment.
  • Public Corruption: Breaching public trust or misusing official positions can incur restitution and prison terms up to 15 years.
  • Social Security Fraud: False claims or concealed facts related to Social Security eligibility can lead to a quarter-million in fines and five years imprisonment.
  • Medicare/Medicaid Fraud: False healthcare claims can cause imprisonment of up to a decade and severe monetary penalties.

Why Choose Us?

When it comes to defending your tomorrow, there’s no room for on-the-job learning. You need the might of a known and trusted legal force. Reach out to our dedicated federal defense team in West Virginia. Dial (304) 381-3656 for your bedrock of support. Your future deserves the best defense strategy — and we’re here to deliver it.

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