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Rochester Criminal Defense Attorney

Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Clients Throughout Rochester

Rochester, as one of America’s first “boomtowns,” has remained an important center of New York State, still representative of the small towns that suddenly became important hubs of industry, technology, commerce and culture. Originally expanding due to its flour mills along the Genesee River, Rochester is now the third most populated city in the state. Perhaps best known as the home of George Eastman Kodak, the man who popularized photography by developing the inexpensive box camera and roll film, the city has maintained its status as a scientific center throughout the decades.

Visitors still flock to The George Eastman Museum to take in its photographic exhibits, film archives, and lovely gardens. Not far away, the Rochester Museum & Science Center, with its hands-on display and wonderful planetarium, also beckons. The child-focused Strong National Museum of Play reminds natives and tourists alike of the origin of creative energy and invention, and outstanding universities, including the University of Rochester and Rochester institute of Technology, continue to promote significant scientific and technological research. Not only does Rochester remain famous as the birthplace of Kodak, but as the place where Western Union, Bausch & Lomb, and Xerox got their start, so remaining a symbol of commerce as well as technological advance.

We all know that advancing technology has both improved our lives and made them more complicated. This is as true in matters involving crime and the judicial process as much as it is anything else. Ironically, with scientific advances, crimes, especially federal crimes, have become both easier to commit and easier to investigate. For the Law Office of Mark J. Sacco this has made criminal defense both more challenging and more efficient. Our excellent team of attorneys handles white collar crime, criminal appeals, and legal consulting as well as federal criminal defense. In these pages, we plan to focus on federal criminal defense in order to illuminate our approach to protecting the rights of our clients.

Committing a Federal Crime Is Serious Business

Being investigated for, or charged with, a federal crime is a very serious matter. As soon as you realize that you are, or may be, under federal investigation, you should take steps to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience in the field. If you are in New York State and require legal counsel related to a possible federal crime, the Law Office of Mark J. Sacco is here to help. We serve clients throughout the state and are always available for a free initial consultation.

Because being convicted of a federal crime could result in the long-term incarceration and the loss of many of your rights, and because the federal government, with its tremendous financial resources and its well-trained, dogged investigators, you need our protection and you need it quickly. The longer you remain without strong legal counsel, the longer you remain vulnerable to unprotected prosecution. Why not get in touch with Mark Sacco, our lead attorney who is well-versed in the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and has a well-earned reputation for aggressive, successful criminal defense? He represents clients in all four federal court districts of New York State.

Types of Federal Crimes

There are a great many types of federal crimes, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, running the gamut from individual infractions to complex fraudulent schemes. Among them are:

  • Drug Crimes — ranging from possession to drug trafficking
  • Conspiracy — multiple people engaging in embezzlement, fraud, or other federal crimes
  • Racketeering (RICO) — organized groups conducting complex illegal transactions
  • Bank and securities fraud — fraudulent schemes to harm financial institutions, investors, and the markets
  • Credit card fraud — unlawfully using a credit card or credit information to make purchases, withdraw funds, or obtain financial gain with intention of avoiding payment
  • Immigration crimes –- document fraud, illegal entry into the U.S. re-entry after deportation, human trafficking, harboring illegal aliens, and marriage fraud
  • Internet crimes – identity theft, hacking, phishing scams, and child pornography
  • Firearms and weapons charges — possession, use, distribution and sale of firearms and other deadly weapons

Why Federal Crimes May Put You in Greater Legal Jeopardy than Other Crimes

In the federal court system, unlike under state legislation, there are statutory sentencing guidelines that establish minimum and maximum penalties. Because of these broad guidelines, federal judges are given wide range of options when imposing sentences. Moreover, federal prosecutors know the guidelines in-depth and are generally inclined to seek the harshest available penalty.

Don’t Take Chances: Get Yourself the Best Legal Protection

If you have been accused of committing a federal crime, the stakes are high. A conviction may result in substantial fines, a lengthy prison sentence, and a permanent criminal record. Even after you have paid your dues to society, having a history of committing a federal crime may make it difficult for you to find employment, or to rent, lease or purchase a home. Beyond these problems, a conviction can result of forfeiture of rights you have previously taken for granted, such as the right to obtain certain professional licenses, apply for a federal student loan, qualify for public benefits, or own a gun. When so many aspects of your life are at risk, it is essential that you work with an accomplished criminal defense attorney.

Our legal team’s comprehensive knowledge of federal sentencing guidelines and prosecutorial strategies makes us vigorous adversaries in negotiations and in the courtroom. We are prepared to offer evidence of mitigating circumstances, point out holes in the government’s case against you, or demonstrate evidence of entrapment. Even if the odds are stacked against you, we will work diligently to plea bargain or to get your case dismissed. Our history of successful outcomes is strong. Even if you are found guilty of a federal crime, we will work hard to get you the most lenient sentence possible.

The superlative representation provided by the Law Office of Mark J. Sacco offers you the best chance of success when confronting federal criminal charges. We have an excellent track record of achieving dismissals before trial as well as winning not-guilty verdicts. We also have a well-earned reputation for obtaining lenient sentences. If you have been charged with a federal crime, coming to us may be the wisest decision you ever make. We will listen carefully to the details of your case, investigate thoroughly, and craft a defense strategy tailored to your particular needs. Preserving your freedom, rights and reputation is our first priority. Please contact us by phone or by filling out a contact form on our website in order to give yourself the best chance of coming out of this troubling situation unscathed.