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The attorneys at NeJame, LaFay, Jancha, Ahmed, Barker, Joshi and Moreno, P.A. have decades of experience working in the federal court system. Firm founder Mark NeJame has spent much of his career, beginning in 1981, as an Orlando federal attorney. Partner, Rick Jancha, a former federal prosecutor, joined the Firm after serving for approximately twenty two (22) years as an Assistant United States Attorney. For five (5) of those years Rick was the Managing Assistant of the Orlando Division of the United States Attorney's Office, running the entire office. Additionally, Rick Jancha for another five (5) years, was the former Chair of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and the former head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force which oversaw every federal drug and narcotics case in the thirty five (35) county area encompassing the entire Middle District of Florida. Other Partners at the NeJame Law Firm have substantial Federal Court experience as well. Whether facing federal prosecution, an investigation by the IRS, ICE, FBI, IRS or any other federal agency or needing to sue or defend a lawsuit in federal court, our experienced team of federal attorneys are available to represent and guide you.
The difference between state and federal courts can be daunting to a person who doesn't work in the court system or isn't familiar with federal civil and criminal proceedings. The U.S. Constitution being the supreme law of the land in the United States has created a federal system of government in which power is shared between the federal government and the state governments. Due to federalism, both the federal government and each of the state governments have their own court systems and although there are similarities, the federal system operates under a different set of statutes, rules and procedures than does the state court.
Federal Criminal Offenses
At NeJame, LaFay, Jancha, Ahmed, Barker, Joshi and Moreno, P.A. we handle all varieties of federal crimes and cases. We are based in Orlando, which is based in the Middle District of Florida and encompasses a 400-square mile area, which includes Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, Ocala and Fort Meyers. However, our federal attorneys handle cases not only in the Middle District, but also in the Southern and Northern Districts of Florida as well. We additionally travel the United States and have handled federal cases in more than a dozen other states throughout the country. Unlike state laws, which differ from state to state, federal laws are the same in each of the federal districts throughout the United States, allowing an Orlando federal attorney to practice utilizing the same set of laws in any federal court in the country. Procedures exist permitting an attorney to practice in different jurisdictions so long as certain requirements are met. An experienced and accomplished federal lawyer from our Orlando Law Firm is able to handle your federal case anywhere in the United States.
A federal crime is any offense that violates the laws contained in the United States Criminal Code. The offenses can be white collar crimes in Orlando, dealing with areas such as; mail fraud, mortgage fraud, wire fraud, Racketeering Influence and Corruption Act (RICO), bank fraud, money laundering, health care fraud, tax evasion or tax violations, investment fraud, telemarketing fraud, loan fraud, crimes against government agencies, etc. In Orlando, federal attorneys mostly work in the Middle District of Florida. There are more than 100 categories of offenses that are considered to be federal crimes and even though some offenses may also be covered under the Florida criminal code, the methods by which federal crimes are handled are unique. Some examples of federal crimes are:
Visit the Cornell University Law School website for a detailed version of the U.S. criminal code.
Federal Civil Cases
The District Courts are the trial courts in the United States federal court system. Each federal judicial circuit has at least one courthouse and many districts have more than one. There are a total of 89 districts in the 50 states, with a total of 94 districts, including territories.
The power and authority of a federal court to hear cases and controversies is strictly limited. Not every case can be brought in federal court. In order for a civil case to be brought in federal court there must be certain requirements and prerequisites met. There must, most importantly, be subject matter jurisdiction over the dispute or controversy in question. Federal District Courts have authority and jurisdiction to handle only certain types of cases and trials. These cases are limited to (1) claims arising from the U.S. Constitution or federal statutes (federal question jurisdiction), (2) claims brought by or against the federal government, and (3) claims in which all opposing parties live in different states and the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000 (diversity jurisdiction). A federal court only obtains subject matter jurisdiction over a case if the case meets one or more of these three requirements.
There are other types of controversies and cases that can also be brought in federal court. In most cases, jurisdiction of federal district courts is concurrent with that of state courts. What this means is that a plaintiff has the choice to bring certain cases in either federal court or state court. A federal attorney at our law firm, can assist you in recommending, strategizing and directing you as to whether your case should be filed in federal court and whether your case is even one that is permitted to be filed in federal court.
There is also a procedure whereby a party to a civil lawsuit or action can "remove" a case from state court to federal court, so long as the federal court has original jurisdiction over the matter in controversy. This is usually done by a defendant. If such a situation exists and a party has been sued in state court, there are strategic and important decisions which need to be considered by a party as to what is the best course of action when involved in a lawsuit. A federal civil attorney from our Orlando based Firm can assist you in evaluating and deciding these type of options.
Contact an Experienced Federal Attorney if you Find Yourself Involved in a Federal case
Federal cases can be challenging and complex. It is important to select an experienced and knowledgeable federal criminal or civil attorney who knows and understands the federal system and its unique set of challenges. An experienced and knowledgeable Orlando federal attorney from our law firm will assist, counsel and represent you as you tackle the challenges posed in any federal dispute. Please contact us today by email, fill out our online form or call our offices 7 days a week at (407) 245-1232.