Ann Fitz is a Recognized Leader in Federal Criminal Defense
At the Law Office of Ann Fitz, we understand how federal prosecutors handle white collar crimes and the criminal investigations that accompany them. Attorney Ann Fitz, a former prosecutor, has practiced almost exclusively in federal court throughout her career and is well-versed in the Federal Rules of Evidence, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the United States Sentencing Guidelines. She has been recognized by Super Lawyers, the National Trial Lawyers, the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and others as a leader in federal criminal defense.
Ms. Fitz defends the rights of clients who are charged with many kinds of federal crimes, including those involving:
- Bank and check fraud
- Immigration application fraud
- Corporate crimes
- Cyber crimes
- Health care Fraud
- Identity theft
- Insurance fraud
- Mail fraud and wire fraud
- Money laundering
- Mortgage fraud
- Obstruction of justice
- Securities fraud
- Tax fraud
Ann Fitz has successfully represented clients at every stage of a federal criminal case, including:
- Federal Investigations
- Federal Grand Jury Proceedings
- Pre-Indictment Negotiations (also called Informations)
- Pre-Trial Matters in Magistrate Court, including Bond Hearings and Motions
- Plea Negotiations and Rule 11 Hearings
- Other Post-Conviction relief, including 2255 Habeas Petitions and Compassionate Release
A Serious Defense for Serious Charges
A federal crime typically falls under 1 of 2 categories: either a crime that crosses state lines or a crime that occurs on U.S. federal property or against a U.S. federal agent.
Congress enacts laws in areas that fall within federal jurisdiction. Typically, these are laws and regulations that deal with federal property, federal matters, and federal taxes. Additionally, there are many federal criminal laws governing various areas of modern society, including interstate commerce.
Common types of federal criminal cases include drug-related charges, immigration fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank robbery, violent crimes involving a firearm, computer crimes, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, antitrust violations, and crimes of any type which occur on federal property.
White collar crime refers to crimes committed by business people, entrepreneurs, public officials, and professionals through mistake or deception. White collar crimes can be prosecuted at either the state or federal level, or both, depending on which jurisdiction’s law has been violated. Penalties vary, but some cases can result in hefty fines, restitution, and anywhere from one to 30 years imprisonment.
Intent plays a central role in white collar criminal prosecutions. In fact, it is usually a key element of the charged white collar offense - whether it is conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud, falsifying books and records, insider trading, money laundering, or racketeering. Since charges related to white collar crimes do not require proof that you acted with force or threats of violence, prosecutors rely on proving your liability through criminal intent. If there is a legitimate reason that can be proven in your defense for why the criminal act was committed, thereby negating criminal intent, no crime has been committed.
Often, in prosecuting white collar crimes, a charge of conspiracy will be brought along with the underlying charge(s). People who are not involved in a criminal enterprise can find themselves targeted by investigators who are after other defendants. Those facing conspiracy charges are asked to name other parties in a deal that they have cut with prosecutors.
Don't Wait - Get Help Now
If you are contacted as either a subject or a target of a federal investigation, DO NOT speak with federal agents until after you contact a criminal defense attorney. If you are facing federal criminal charges, you need an attorney with a record of proven success. Federal criminal defense attorney Ann Fitz has the experience and strategic abilities to dismiss the charges, reduce your prison sentence, or negotiate all other possible alternatives.