Federal crimes are prosecuted under federal criminal law and not under state criminal law. Federal law and procedure are both unique and complex and crimes prosecuted at the federal level generally carry harsher sentences and more severe penalties. If you have been accused of a federal offense, you are facing a prosecution involving top prosecutors with all the resources of the federal government. When facing federal criminal charges, an individual must take prompt action and hire a highly-experienced federal criminal defense attorney.
Criminal Defense Attorney Jason Bassett and his law firm represent clients in federal matters, whether that means facing the initial stages of a complex federal investigation or a full-blown criminal prosecution in federal court. Jason Bassett provides representation to people facing prosecution in Federal Court, whether in the Eastern District of New York (covering Suffolk County and Nassau County on Long Island, Brooklyn, and Queens County) or the Southern District of New York (which includes Manhattan and the Bronx). When facing charges of federal crimes, you need to consider hiring an experienced federal defense law firm to help navigate the process. Jason Bassett is a top Long Island-based lawyer known for vigorously and successfully representing people facing federal criminal charges. If you facing federal court charges in Suffolk County, Nassau County, or New York City, call for a free consultation today (631) 259-6060.
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As a primary hub for many federal criminal prosecutions, New York sees a myriad of different offenses prosecuted in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
If you have been accused of a federal criminal offense in New York, timing is critical. As soon as you learn that you are the target of a federal investigation or a prosecution for federal crimes, you must hire legal counsel to protect you and your legal rights. Federal criminal charges often carry potential sentences that are far more severe than state criminal charges. A federal criminal defendant can face years or even decades in federal prison. What also makes federal charges more difficult to defend against is the fact that federal charges are rarely brought unless the accused has been watched and investigated for a long period of time in order to build the strongest possible case against their target. This often means that a federal case is much stronger than in most state cases. Because the stakes are so high and the evidence can be extensive, you need an experienced federal criminal lawyer like Jason Bassett on your side. Contact Criminal Attorney Jason Bassett today for a free consultation.
Federal criminal charges represent some of the most serious crimes in the United States. The law firm of Criminal Attorney Jason Bassett defends clients accused of all types of federal crimes, including:
Facing a federal prosecution for criminal charges in New York can be the most frightening thing you can ever experience. Facing the full might of federal law enforcement can be intimidating, both in and out of the courtroom, and you need someone like Criminal Attorney Jason Bassett who is willing and able to fight for you. Criminal defense attorneys with previous prosecutorial experience have greater insight into any prosecution, including one being conducted by the federal government. As a former prosecutor Jason Bassett, Esq. has a vast understanding of the prosecutorial side of the law, including in federal criminal cases. He brings a unique understanding of the federal criminal justice system to his defense of his clients. Unlike many defense attorneys, Jason Bassett will aggressively pursue every avenue in order to get the best possible outcome for his clients, whether that means getting the charges dismissed, a favorable plea disposition, or a “Not Guilty” verdict after a trial. Call Criminal Attorney Jason Bassett today for a free, confidential review of your case (631) 259-6060.
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You need a top federal criminal defense attorney at every stage of a federal case, which can include the following:
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State courts have jurisdiction over state criminal law matters. The federal court decides matters involving criminal federal law and alleged violation of the United States Code. Because federal rules, procedures, and processes are very different from those in state courts, federal criminal lawyers must be experienced in defending criminal cases prosecuted at the federal level.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation or “FBI” is the primary federal law enforcement agency of the United States government, the Drug Enforcement Agency or “DEA” focuses specifically on violation of federal drug laws and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives or “ATF” focuses on the unlawful use, manufacture, and possession of firearms and explosives, acts of arson and bombings and illegal trafficking of alcohol and tobacco products. The FBI can work closely with the DEA and/or ATF and often these agencies will work on federal cases that overlap. All 3 agencies can apply for search warrants when looking for evidence of a crime.
Under federal criminal law, a search warrant is a written order signed by a judge directing a law enforcement agency to search for specific things and often issued at the early stages of a federal investigation. The search warrant grants the federal law enforcement agency the ability to seize and preserve evidence to be used at trial against a defendant.
In order for a federal law enforcement agency to obtain a search warrant, they must establish to a judge’s satisfaction that there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been or is being committed and that there may be evidence of that crime at a particular location.
When a search warrant is issued by a federal judge in New York, the agents executing that warrant must conduct the search within 14 days of issuance during daylight hours unless otherwise specified. They can only use forcible entry if they have been denied entry. The agents must announce the purpose and authority by which they are executing the search warrant and provide a copy of the warrant itself. They may only search in places where specified items could have been located and can only seize items listed in the search warrant or are plainly contraband. They can remove computer hardware, cell phones, documents, and anything that the warrant specifies in the search for evidence. Agents must provide a written receipt and inventory of the items taken.
If the government has executed a search warrant against you and you are facing federal criminal charges, make sure you have the representation of a skilled federal defense lawyer to guide you and protect your legal rights in and out of the courtroom. Call for a free consultation with attorney Jason Bassett (631) 259-6060.
A subpoena can be a legally binding document that requires a person to perform a specific task. The Department of Justice uses subpoenas to investigate federal crimes. Two types of subpoenas can be issued by federal prosecutors: those requesting evidence production and those requiring a person to appear at a specific time and place. A subpoena could indicate that you are under investigation for federal crimes or have information that is relevant to an ongoing investigation.
Grand jury investigations are secret. You cannot find out why the subpoena was given and may end up incriminating yourself without realizing it. You may also be sanctioned for contempt if you don’t comply with the subpoena.
There are three most common reasons that you might be served with a grand jury subpoena:
You may be asked to provide a variety of documents or information as a Subpoena. An attorney can help you narrow down the prosecutor’s request and provide options for resisting production. You could face criminal charges for obstruction of justice or worse if you destroy documents.
There are multiple types of subpoenas that may be issued by the Grand Jury. They may ask for sworn testimony, documents, objects, or all 3. Depending on the subpoena, one might either be subpoenaed in their individual capacity or as a custodian of records for a business or other entity
Testifying or providing records and documents can pose grave risks to the person subpoenaed. This should never be done in any federal case without the representation of a skilled criminal defense lawyer. An experienced federal criminal lawyer will discuss the facts of the criminal case in detail and be in close contact with the Assistant United Stated Attorney presenting the case to the Grand Jury. You will want to develop a strategy with your criminal defense lawyer before responding to any federal grand jury subpoena. Call for a free consultation today (631) 259-6060.
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Federal sentencing is done in accordance with specific guidelines that judges are required to consider. Sentencing guidelines in federal criminal cases have been written by an independent agency known as the U.S. Sentencing Commission. The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines set out ranges in an effort to maintain consistency and fairness in the federal court system. The seriousness of the crime and the offender’s criminal characteristics and record are factors that are considered under these guidelines.
In a federal criminal case, the Sentencing Guidelines utilize 43 different offense levels when considering the crime. The federal judge will also assign an offender to one of six criminal history categories based on past criminal activity. The intersection of these will offer sentencing options that will fit the guideline range for that offender and crime.
Although these guidelines are not mandatory, any judge who want to depart from the Guidelines and impose a sentence not in accordance with them must explain the reasons for that decision on the record.
At the time of sentencing, applications may be made that can lead to a decrease in the offense level and criminal history category determination which can lead to a reduced sentence. With the skill of a talented federal criminal defense lawyer, a motion can be made for a downward departure and variance from the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. If you are seeking a skilled lawyer to help you understand all facets of a federal criminal case, including whether you are eligible for a sentence reduction in a federal criminal case, contact Criminal Attorney Jason Bassett today to see how he can help. Call for a free consultation today (631) 259-6060.
Some defendants will be eligible for pretrial diversion. The U.S. Attorney’s Office refers to pretrial diversion as deferred prosecution. If deferred prosecution is agreed upon, the prosecutor does pursue a conviction if the accused satisfies certain conditions which can include probation and community service. A person need not be even be charged with a crime yet as it is available to any individual who is or may be charged with an offense.” To receive diversion, a person must “acknowledge responsibility” but need not formally admit guilt. If someone completes pretrial diversion in a federal criminal matter, no criminal conviction related to the allegations appears on their record.
A criminal conspiracy under federal law is a very broad term and federal prosecutors will frequently bring conspiracy charges in federal cases where there is more than one defendant. Under the United States Code, a person can be charged with conspiracy to commit various forms of criminal misconduct, including civil rights violations, drug trafficking, violent crimes, and white-collar crimes. One can be charged with conspiracy to commit any other federal crime. Because conspiracy can be so broadly used in federal prosecution and is considered so easy to prove, it has been referred to as “the darling of the prosecutor’s nursery.”
At its core, conspiracy is an agreement of two or more people (the “co-conspirators”) to engage in some form of prohibited conduct. The agreement may be explicit or implicit. At least one of the conspirators must have taken some concrete step or committed some overt act in furtherance of the scheme. Criminal conspiracy charges can be brought even if there is no formal agreement and even if it involves one or more co-conspirators that take no further action toward committing the crime. There is no requirement that all the members of the conspiracy have ever met nor that every person who is considered part of the conspiracy is even aware of every other person involved. The ultimate aim of the conspiracy need not have been actually accomplished for someone to be convicted of conspiracy.
An unfortunate consequence of criminal conspiracy charges is that they often involve some people with only minimal involvement and should not be considered as having the same level of responsibility as others. The government often seeks to punish these minor characters just as harshly as the major players. One often finds this situation in a federal criminal case when a drug conspiracy is alleged.
Conspiracy cases are very difficult to defend, with convictions sometimes resulting in many years in prison. Your federal criminal defense attorney must be extremely diligent in picking apart the government’s case and must effectively demonstrate your actual level of involvement if any. This requires a defense lawyer like Criminal Attorney Jason Bassett who has a solid understanding of the federal prosecutorial process and criminal justice system. A good federal defense lawyer will investigate all the allegations made and evidence against the client that led to a conspiracy case charge. This type of thorough investigation, coupled with a thorough familiarity of the federal court system, is what Jason Bassett brings to vigorously defend his clients against conspiracy case charges. If you are facing the charges of criminal conspiracy call Jason Bassett today (631) 259-6060.
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The United States government spends an incredible amount of time and resources investigating allegations of healthcare fraud.
As a health care provider under investigation, you need to consider that not only are you potentially looking at years in prison and also the loss of your rights to bill any federal health care program and even to practice in your field. Government health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid are often a large source of revenue for a health care provider.
Health care fraud often typically happens in one of two ways. In the first way, the government is billed for patients who don’t exist or who never got treatment. In the second way, the government is billed for procedures that were never done or coded with more expensive procedures than the ones actually completed.
When it comes to criminal healthcare fraud, it is important for the attorney to determine through discovery and investigation who actually committed the fraud and who else knew about it. Defending a healthcare fraud case requires that your attorney be familiar with these specific types of federal criminal charges. As a former prosecutor with the N.Y.S. Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit experienced lawyer Criminal Attorney Jason Bassett is here to help. Contact us for a free, confidential consultation (631) 259-6060
Another area of concern for people who work in the healthcare industry are allegations involving the illegal distribution of opioids. Healthcare workers can find themselves charged with basically being a drug dealer with a prescription pad.
Federal prosecutors in cooperation with the DEA are now aggressively investigating medical practices in New York that deal with pain management. This sort of witch hunt mentality leaves doctors particularly exposed to accusations of wrongdoing and criminal prosecution in federal court. Experienced federal criminal defense attorneys understand the gravity of this situation and move to aggressively defend healthcare providers who have been unjustly accused. Even good doctors may find themselves the unfair target of an opioid investigation and overzealous prosecution. If you have found yourself on the wrong end of such an investigation, Criminal Attorney Jason Bassett and his support team are standing by to help.
New York has always been the epicenter for federal criminal prosecutions for white-collar crimes and financial crimes.
Federal prosecutors are constantly at the ready to bring charges against individuals as well as businesses for bank fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, and others. If you are confronted with charges alleging financial federal crimes, you need a federal criminal defense lawyer like Jason Bassett who is highly experienced and familiar with the nuances of both finance and the law all the while working aggressively to defend you against the tough New York prosecutors in the United States Attorney’s Office.
If your New York business or professional practice has been served with any kind of federal warrant, federal agents have shown up at your place of business, or you have been subpoenaed for business records, you may be under federal criminal investigation. When you are facing federal charges, you need the representation of an aggressive federal criminal defense lawyer like Jason Bassett with the experience to take on tough federal prosecutors.
If you have been charged with a federal crime, getting skilled and aggressive legal representation is critical. Because federal charges are far more serious than other types of criminal cases with more severe punishments including many long years in prison, timing is critical and experience is essential.
With over 20 years of criminal defense experience in New York, Jason Bassett, Esq., is a successful Long Island federal defense lawyer, respected by judges and federal prosecutors.
As a former prosecutor himself, he understands the legal process from both the defense and the prosecution’s perspectives and brings that knowledge and skill to every aspect of the defense strategy. He brings a combination of understanding, experience, and smart, aggressive representation to those who have been accused of federal crimes.
Jason Bassett, Esq. represents clients charged with federal crimes, including white-collar crimes, in Suffolk County, Nassau County, and throughout New York City both at the state and federal court levels. If you are in need of an experienced federal criminal defense attorney, call now (631) 259-6060.
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