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Federal Cases

Federal crimes are vastly different from state offences and carry significant penalties that can impact your future. The process is far more complex and the federal court system much more difficult to navigate. No one should go it alone. Federal prosecutors have extensive resources and years of experience that give them a distinct advantage. Add to that the various agencies on the federal level, such as the FBI, DEA, ATF, and the Secret Service and you are up against a formidable foe.

You need an attorney who is experienced in handling federal cases, who has the education and experience to successfully navigate the federal system, acting in your best interest and ensuring that your rights are protected. In short, not just any attorney can adequately represent you when you enter the federal court system. You need the federal criminal defense attorneys of The Litvak Law Firm.

Experience and Skill in Federal Court Criminal Defense

If you have been charged with a federal crime, you need an experienced attorney to protect your rights. Mr. Litvak has devoted a significant part of his practice to defending clients facing federal criminal charges. Some of his more notable federal court cases include:

USA v Seleznev – Seattle, WA – Lead Counsel

A federal cybercrime case that is one of the biggest to ever be prosecuted in the United States. The case involved extrajudicial rendition of Mr. Seleznev by US Secret Service agents from Maldives to Guam. Mr. Seleznev is a son of Russian Parliament member and the manner of his arrest led to further deterioration in Russian – American relations. Mr. Seleznev’s case made headlines around the world and he is considered by many to be a political prisoner. His conviction and sentence are currently being appealed.

USA v Seleznev – Atlanta GA – Lead Counsel

Separate federal case against Mr. Seleznev involving breach of RBS Worldpay, a payment processing company located in Atlanta, Georgia.

USA v Smilianets – Newark, NJ – Lead Counsel

The largest cybercrime case that has ever been prosecuted by the United States government. This hack involved more than 160 million credit cards and debit cards as well as numerous major American financial institutions, including Nasdaq OMX Group Inc, 7-Eleven, France's Carrefour SA, JC Penney Co, JetBlue Airways Corp, a Visa Inc licensee, and Heartland Payment Systems. The case is scheduled for sentencing on January 11th, 2018.

USA v Mikhailin – New York, NY – Lead Counsel

A federal case involving the export of military grade night vision binoculars to Russia without obtaining the required export license from the US State Department.

USA v Shulaya Enterprise – New York, NY – Co-Counsel

A major federal Russian organized crime case that is one of the largest prosecuted cases in recent US history. There are 33 defendants and many allegations, including murder for hire, drug trafficking, an illegal poker house, defrauding casinos, stealing cases of cigarettes, and stealing 10,000 pounds of chocolate.

USA v Shalon – New York, NY – Co-Counsel

One of the largest cybercrime cases that has ever been prosecuted in the United States. It involved hacking the identities of more than 100 million people from several financial institutions, including JP Morgan. The data obtained from this hack included names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. At the time this landmark case was considered to be the largest theft of customer data from a United States financial institution.

USA v Jaber, New York, NY – Co-Counsel

A major terrorism case to come out of New York. The charges against the defendant include aiding terrorism, FARC and Hezbollah, cocaine trafficking, and the attempted sale of Russian Air to Ground missiles.

USA v Kessler – New York, NY – Co-Counsel

A notable federal case involving a former federal correctional officer collecting unemployment while working full-time as a correctional officer.

USA v Kaziyev, New York, NY – Co-Counsel

A federal bank robbery case involving three robberies in the Manhattan area totaling $30,000. The maximum penalty for these crimes, that also included firearm charges, is life in prison. However, the client’s defense team was able to get a reduced sentence, which only required him to spend weekends in jail while he was on supervised release for the rest of the time.

USA v Guzman – New York, NY – Co-Counsel

Major federal drug conspiracy and distribution case with international ties involving large amounts of cocaine.

USA v Junio Artis II – New York, NY – Co-Counsel

A federal white-collar fraud criminal case involving commodities, credit cards, identity theft and large-scale investor fraud.

USA v Reyn – Newark, NJ – Co-Counsel

A major federal credit card fraud case involving multiple defendants and millions of dollars in losses.

USA v Groysman – Brooklyn, NY – Co-Counsel

A major federal white-collar case involving long term and large-scale insurance fraud, money laundering, and healthcare fraud conspiracy. Defendant was sentenced to 5 years of probation in a case that lasted almost 6 years. 

Why Choose a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney?

When you are facing criminal charges in federal court, the road can be arduous at best. Who you choose to represent you, your attorney, is vital in the outcome of your case. An attorney with little or no experience in federal court dealing with federal offenses is likely not prepared to go toe to toe with federal prosecutors. You want a lawyer who handles federal cases on a regular basis and has a proven track record of success in the federal courtroom.

Federal prosecutors are known for building solid cases, usually based on significant evidence. This may come after a lengthy investigation, sometimes even months or years, before they bring charges. They may have all the evidence they need to arrest you before you are even aware of any investigation or charges. They have extensive resources and will spare no expense in their efforts to bring a conviction against you.

Federal law enforcement will, many times, use various strategies for gathering evidence. This may include the use of electronic surveillance as well as using informants or undercover agents to document illegal activity, gather physical evidence, and record conversations. Quite often, a successful defense in a federal criminal case hinges on discrediting the evidence, type of evidence, or how it was gathered.

Mr. Litvak has extensive experience in the practice area of federal criminal defense, he has defended clients in federal courts for both national and international cases involving cybercrimes, terrorism, organized crime, bank robbery, large scale fraud and more. His involvement in court cases as lead counsel as well as co-counsel in some of the biggest, most complex, significant federal criminal court cases in US history has given him the experience necessary to handle federal defense in a professional, efficient way, bringing about the best possible outcome for his clients.

Federal Law Overview

In the United States, there are two types of laws. There are the state and local laws that apply to the individuals who live in that designated area, or work there. They can be laws that govern the people of the state and are prosecuted on a state level, or they can be local laws that draw the focus to that particular city, town, municipality, or village. The other type of law is federal and those laws apply to every person and are enforceable in every state in the United States. In a nutshell, the powers of the federal government include interstate commerce, national defense, currency, and international affairs.

These federal laws govern specific issues and apply to every state in the U.S., including:

  • Social Security
  • Supplemental Security Income
  • Immigration
  • Federal civil rights laws and anti-discrimination laws that protect against discrimination based on disability, age, race, and gender
  • Copyright
  • Patent
  • Federal criminal laws like money counterfeiting and tax fraud

Sometimes a crime can be prosecuted at both the state and federal levels. The filing of federal charges may depend on the crime itself, how it was committed, or who was involved on either the defendant side or the victim side.

Early Intervention is Crucial to the Best Possible Outcome

In many cases, the sooner you can get a good attorney on your side, the better your chances are of having a favorable outcome. What many people do not realize is that you don’t have to wait until federal charges have been filed against you in order to seek legal counsel. Mr. Litvak handles every aspect of federal cases, including grand jury investigations.

If you suspect that you are the target of a federal investigation, or if you have been subpoenaed, don’t wait to “find out what happens.” It is important to retain criminal defense representation right away. By taking a proactive approach and initiating early intervention, you could effectively lessen the effects of your case by keeping the charges against you in state court or having them reduced. Bringing in an experienced federal defense attorney to intervene early in the case could even prevent agencies from filing charges against you.

If you are being investigated or charges have already been filed against you, it is vital that you contact us as soon as possible. The Litvak Law Firm also handles appeals at both the state and federal levels. We will be there for you at every step in your case, whether you bring us in during the investigation, after a conviction, or during an appeal. We are prepared to fight for you and protect your rights to the fullest extent.

Federal prosecutors are persistent and aggressive. They work with dogged determination to file charges if they believe that their case is strong and stands up under scrutiny. In other words, they are not just prepared, they are usually over prepared. This means that you need an attorney who is just as persistent and aggressive, who will work just as doggedly to fight for you and protect your rights. You need an attorney who will not back down when things get too hot or intense. Mr. Litvak is a skilled, experienced, determined federal criminal defense attorney who is committed to working in the best interests of his clients. He has a proven record of fighting federal cases and getting the best results possible for his clients. Call today, (718) 929-2908 for your free phone consultation and find out how The Litvak Law Firm can help you.



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