Puerto Rico Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
As a US territory, Puerto Rico is subject to the same federal laws as America’s 50 states. Violations of those laws often result in federal charges, which carry harsh penalties in terms of both pricey fines and long prison sentences.
Have you been charged with a federal crime in Puerto Rico? Every second that passes, the expert federal crime defense lawyers at the Zoukis Consulting Group could be building up your case. Don’t wait another minute; contact us today to ensure the best possible outcome for your federal crime trial.
Table of contents
- Puerto Rico Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
- Why a Federal Crime Lawyer in Puerto Rico instead of a Criminal Attorney?
- When Would You Need a Puerto Rico Federal Crime Attorney?
- The District Courts of Puerto Rico
- What to do When Needing a Federal Crime Attorney in Puerto Rico
- Hire the Right Criminal Defense Attorney in Puerto Rico
Why a Federal Crime Lawyer in Puerto Rico instead of a Criminal Attorney?
The distinction between federal and state crime may be a thin line, but it’s important to take your time to understand what led to your case being tried as a federal crime. Whether it’s because of the jurisdiction, it was in, or if it’s because of the person the crime was committed against, there’s a large gap between how federal and state crimes are tried.
When you’re looking for a lawyer in Puerto Rico, you have to find someone who’s skilled at federal crimes and knows what they’re doing. Unfortunately, although this feels obvious, many settle for whatever criminal defense lawyer they can get, which sets them up for disappointment in the long run.
When Would You Need a Puerto Rico Federal Crime Attorney?
The criminal defense attorneys at Zoukis Consulting Group specialize in the intricacies of federal law. With our help, you may be able to prove your innocence or negotiate a less severe penalty.
Here are some examples of charges you should hire a federal crime lawyer for:
Misuse of Passport
This federal crime may seem simple, but it has major implications. The misuse of a passport is the crime of knowingly and willfully using the passport that was issued or assigned to someone else.
Misuse of Visas, Permits, or Other Documents
Similar to the misuse of passports, the abuse of visas, permits, and other documents, is a crime that threatens the security of America by making it harder to track who’s coming into and out of the country. Because these are documents made by and for the United States, and giving them out might allow people with nefarious plans to make their way onto American soil.
Children are incapable of defending themselves against most attackers and can not consent to the contact that happens during molestation. Crimes of this nature against children are universally viewed as heinous, and because of this, they’re charged as federal crimes regardless of what jurisdiction they happen in.
Money laundering is the act of getting ill-gotten money to go back into circulation, called laundering because it’s washing the capital of the ‘dirty’ association of the crime. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the money can’t still be traced back to the source; it’s a surprisingly easy crime to track, meaning that most perpetrators are charged.
The District Courts of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico only has one district and one court that handles federal cases. This can be helpful, as it makes it much easier to research the judge who is handling your case and past cases which may be similar to yours.
This kind of research can help your Zoukis Consulting Group attorney tailor your defense to ensure the best possible outcome, and is also useful for helping to manage expectations.
What to do When Needing a Federal Crime Attorney in Puerto Rico
If you find yourself on the wrong end of the law, don’t risk incriminating yourself by saying the wrong thing to law enforcement officers. In fact, it’s a good idea to avoid talking about your charges to anyone other than your attorney.
A Zoukis Consulting Group attorney can help make you aware of your rights, and what you need to do to build the best defense possible.
Hire the Right Criminal Defense Attorney in Puerto Rico
Whether you’re awaiting trial or already serving time, a federal crime lawyer may be able to help. At Zoukis Consulting Group, we put all of our knowledge and experience to work on your behalf. You may be able to get the charges dropped or reduced, or negotiate early release or other advantageous terms.
Do yourself a favor and call Zoukis Consulting Group today. We’re always here to help.
Published Feb 15, 2022 by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA | Last Updated by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA on Jun 11, 2023 at 1:25 pm