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Federal Crimes Attorney in Knoxville, TN

Defending Clients Accused Of Federal Crimes in Anderson, Union, Sevier, Blount, Loudoun, and Roan Counties

Robert R. Kurtz, Attorney at Law, has 18 years of law experience handling even the most sophisticated and complex federal cases in the federal courts of Tennessee. In effect, Attorney Kurtz has become the "go-to" defense attorney for federal criminal defense in the Greater Knoxville Area, and he can help you too!

What Is a Federal Crime?

Some crimes can be prosecuted at a local or state level. In some circumstances, however, crimes can escalate and must be prosecuted at a federal level. These types of crimes are referred to as federal crimes or federal offenses. Crimes that involve federal property, violate federal laws, or cross state lines can be prosecuted under harsher federal laws. The resulting conviction on a federal charge can be much more severe than a conviction for a state-level misdemeanor or felony.

Have you been charged with a federal crime? Call Robert R. Kurtz, Attorney at Law, today at (865) 896-9779 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with our federal crimes lawyer in Knoxville, TN.

Types of Federal Crimes in Tennessee

In the U.S., a federal crime or "federal offense" refers to any violation of federal law. Such cases are prosecuted in the federal courts as opposed to the state courts.

Examples of federal crimes include:

Who Investigates Federal Crimes?

The FBI is the federal agency responsible for investigating federal offenses. The heart of FBI operations lies in their investigations, whose mission is to enforce the criminal laws of the United States.

With jurisdiction over more than 200 categories of federal law, you don't want to be caught off guard or unprepared if you are the target of an FBI investigation.

What Does The FBI Investigate?

The FBIs criminal priorities are:

  • Public corruption crimes
  • Civil rights violations (e.g., hate crimes and human trafficking)
  • Organized crime
  • White collar crime
  • Major thefts

Federal Criminal Process Vs. State Criminal Process

The federal criminal process differs slightly from the state criminal process. At first glance, it is obvious that federal crimes warrant higher penalties and more consequences. One of the main differences includes the titles of those involved. For federal cases, the case is brought by the U.S. Attorney before the U.S. District Court. Another difference includes the use of a federal magistrate who assists the federal judge with various phases of the case.

In either case, you will need legal representation at every step of the process. The federal criminal process includes:

  • Investigation
  • Indictment
  • Arrest/bail process
  • Arraignment
  • Trial
  • Sentencing
  • Appeal process, if needed
  • Release

Can I Face Charges in Federal and State Court?

In the state of Tennessee, it is possible for an individual to face charges for the same crime in both federal and state court. This happens when a criminal offense violates both state and federal laws.

Penalties For Federal Crimes

If you are adjudicated guilty, you face the possibility of time in prison, a fine, and restitution to be paid to any crime victims. Your supervision may also include substance abuse testing and treatment programs, job counseling, and possibly alternative detention options.

Contact Our Federal Crimes Lawyer Today

Remember that you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. It is the prosecution's job to prove that you are guilty, and without an experienced and knowledgeable Knoxville federal criminal defense attorney on your side, you are being thrown to the wolves.

What sets Attorney Kurtz apart from the competition?

  • He serves on the Board of Directors for the Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee.
  • As a Criminal Justice Act District Panel Representative for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Robert is a liaison between the bar and the federal judiciary.
  • 10.0 Superb Rated by Avvo and Lead Counsel Rated Attorney.

At Robert R. Kurtz, Attorney at Law, we firmly believe that handling your case is a privilege, and no matter what accusations you are facing, we will not take you or your case lightly. Our federal crimes lawyer in Knoxville is experienced in handling these types of cases and are ready to provide a strong legal defense on your behalf.

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