Orlando Federal Attorney - Legal Representation in Federal Courts
The attorneys at NeJame Law have decades of experience working in the federal court system. Mark NeJame, the firm's founder, has spent much of his career, beginning in 1981, as an Orlando federal crime attorney. Partners Eric Barker, Michael LaFay, and John Zielinski have substantial federal court experience as well. Whether facing federal prosecution, an investigation by the IRS, ICE, FBI, or any other federal agency, or needing to sue or defend a lawsuit in federal court, our experienced team of federal attorneys is 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 the state court.
Federal Criminal Offenses
At NeJame Law, we handle all varieties of federal crimes and cases. Our 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 attorneys 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 as long as certain requirements are met. An experienced and accomplished lawyer from our 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, dealing with areas such as mail fraud, mortgage fraud, wire fraud, the 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.
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:
- Accounting fraud
- Bank fraud
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Child pornography
- Computer and internet crimes
- Corporate crimes
- Customs violations
- Some drug offenses, including drug manufacturing, trafficking, and sales
- Export/import crimes
- Immigration law violations
- Mail fraud
- Money laundering
- Multi-level marketing
- RICO crimes
- Securities fraud
- Social security fraud
- Tax crimes
- Weapons charges
- Wire fraud
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 the authority and jurisdiction to handle only certain types of cases and trials, including cases involving federal law, claims against the federal government, and claims involving parties from multiple states.
There are other types of controversies and cases that can 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 that need to be considered by a party as to what is the best course of action when involved in a lawsuit. An attorney from our firm can assist you in evaluating and deciding on these types of options.
Contact an Experienced 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 attorney who knows and understands the federal system and its unique set of challenges. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney from our law firm will assist, counsel, and represent you as you tackle the challenges posed in any federal dispute. We value your privacy and will keep your information strictly confidential.