Federal Criminal Defense

Federal Criminal Defense

Chicago, IL Criminal Defense Attorney

At Motta & Motta LLC, our criminal defense attorneys represent clients facing both federal and state criminal charges.

The difference between federal and state crimes is that people facing federal charges are accused of breaking federal legal code, whereas people facing state criminal charges are accused of breaking the state laws.

Some crimes do fall under both categories and in these cases the accused can be charged in either federal or state court.

Federal Criminal Investigations

Federal crimes are investigated by various government agencies, such as the DEA, FBI, or IRS. They can range from federal drug conspiracy to firearms offenses, computer crimes to kidnapping, and bank robbery and environmental crimes.

Federal cases are prosecuted by the United States Attorney in federal court. Sentencing follows federal guidelines and prison sentences are carried out in federal penitentiaries. At Motta & Motta, our number one priority in handling these cases is to keep the client out of prison.

Types of Federal Criminal Charges

Federal Drug Conspiracy

Our federal criminal defense attorneys have a vast amount of experience successfully representing clients faced with drug conspiracy charges. Federal drug conspiracy simply means two or more people had an agreement to violate the federal drug laws. The federal prosecutor must prove that the agreement to violate a federal drug law did exist, and that the alleged conspirators knew of the unlawful agreement and joined in it. This law is very broad and can cover many types of conduct.

Federal Drug Trafficking

Drug distribution or trafficking laws deal with the selling, transportation, and illegal import of unlawful controlled substances, such as heroin, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines, and other drugs. While drug trafficking can be prosecuted in state courts, federal drug trafficking charges can arise when the trafficking activity crosses state lines or involves more than one state. Federal drug trafficking charges are very serious and carry penalties of significant prison time.

Federal Firearms Offenses

According to federal law, it is illegal for an unlicensed person to import, produce, or conduct transactions in firearms across state lines. There are various ways to build a solid strategy to defend against federal firearms charges and our top Chicago Federal Defense Attorneys can discuss these options with you during a free no-obligation consultation.

Federal Bank Robbery Charges

People facing federal bank robbery charges are accused of stealing from a bank while employees and bystanders are subjected to violence, the threat of violence, or force. Not all robbery is considered a federal crime. Bank robbery is considered a federal crime because banks are federal institutions. The penalties for bank robbery are severe and those charged with this crime should seek the counsel of an experienced federal criminal defense attorney immediately.


The majority of kidnapping crimes are prosecuted at the state level, but those where the crime occurs in multiple states can also be charged federally. This means that a person accused of kidnapping may be charged in both state and federal court.

Kidnapping is a very serious offense that brings significant penalties. It is always charged as a felony, the degree of which can vary based on factors within the alleged crime, such as whether the victim was a child, where the victim was injured, exposed to danger, or sexually assaulted. Penalties for kidnapping include heavy prison sentences, fines, and sometimes probation.

White Collar Crimes

Financially motivated nonviolent crimes committed by business and government professionals are considered white-collar crimes. These crimes are typically prosecuted by the Federal Government and carry devastating penalties, such as long prison sentences in a federal penitentiary and heavy fines. If you are the target of a federal investigation regarding a white-collar crime, contact an experienced federal criminal defense attorney immediately.

Contacting a Chicago Federal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with, or believe you will be charged with, a criminal offense in the Chicago area, contact our law offices right away. In a criminal case, every second matters. The earlier you contact a criminal defense attorney, the sooner they can get to work building your case.

Fill out the form to receive your free case evaluation and one of our team members will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

If you need to speak with an attorney now, please give us a call at our Chicago or Aurora, IL office to discuss the specifics of your case and what defense options may be available to you.

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