South Carolina Federal Criminal Defense

South Carolina Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

Federal criminal defense, Columbia & Lexington SCOur South Carolina Federal Criminal Defense lawyers are licensed to defend individuals who are under investigation or have been arrested/indicted by the United States Government. The Federal Sentencing Guidelines contain harsh penalties. Many crimes impose long mandatory minimum sentences. The Michael Jeffcoat Firm provides a proactive and aggressive approach to criminal defense by fighting to protect your livelihood and your reputation.

We offer free, confidential, and professional consultations. Contact us 24/7 to schedule a meeting with our attorneys.

FREE, CONFIDENTIAL CASE REVIEW:

  • Initial Review: You will meet with a federal criminal defense attorney who is serious about defending those accused by the Government.
  • Your Charge(s): You will discuss the facts of your case with the federal criminal defense attorney. You must be honest with the federal criminal defense attorney, so he can assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Remember, this is a confidential consultation.
  • Your Rights & Penalties: Learn about your rights, court procedures, the sentencing range of the drug charge(s) if convicted, available defenses, and collateral consequences. If you retain us, we will get right to work on your defense strategy.
  • FREE: All legal consultations are free, confidential, and personalized.

ZEALOUS REPRESENTATION

  • We will immediately begin preparing your federal criminal defense.
  • We will provide prompt and personalized service with an emphasis on communication.
  • Each and every issue is carefully reviewed, discussed, and prepared for the best defense possible.
  • Bail/Bond hearings
  • Court appearances
  • Preliminary hearings
  • Negotiation of charges
  • Motion hearings
  • Plea hearings
  • Trials
  • Appeals 

FEDERAL CASES WE CAN DEFEND

  • Arson
  • Bank fraud
  • Bribery
  • Computer Crimes
  • Cyber Stalking
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • False statements to federal agents
  • Fraud
  • Kickbacks
  • Making false statements to the government
  • Mail fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Prostitution
  • RICO violations – Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act
  • Robbery
  • Tax fraud
  • Wire Fraud

POSSIBLE PENALTIES

  • Prison time
  • Fines
  • Loss of gun ownership
  • Loss of the right to vote

POTENTIAL DEFENSES

  • ALIBI: Alibi is defined as “elsewhere; in another place.”  For example, it is impossible for the Defendant to have committed the crime because the evidence proves that he was in another place at the time the crime occurred.
  • EYEWITNESS MISIDENTIFICATION:  The Innocence Project has found that eyewitness misidentification is the greatest contributing factor to wrongful convictions proven by DNA testing; playing a role in more than 70% of these convictions.  Eyewitness misidentification is a significant problem because it is incredibly persuasive evidence and, as science has proven, is often unreliable.
  • FALSE CONFESSION: According to the data collected by the Innocence Project, more than one out of four people who were wrongly convicted and later exonerated by DNA evidence made a false confession or incriminating statement.  The factors that contribute to a false confession include: duress; coercion; intoxication; diminished capacity; mental impairment; fear of violence; ignorance of the law; actual infliction of harm; and the threat of a severe sentence.
  • MERE PRESENCE:  Mere presence is generally applicable in two circumstances.  First, in instances where there is some doubt over whether a person is guilty of a crime by virtue of accomplice liability, the trial court may be required to instruct the jury that a person must personally commit the crime or be present at the scene of the crime intentionally, or through a common design, aid, abet, or assist in the commission of that crime through some overt act.  Secondly, mere presence is generally an issue where the state attempts to establish the defendant’s possession of contraband because the defendant is present where the contraband is found.  In such cases, the trial court may be required to charge the jury that the defendant’s mere presence near the contraband does not establish possession.

FEDERAL CRIMINAL DEFENSE STATUTES:

  • 18 U.S.C. § 1961
  • 1962. Prohibited activities
  • 1963. Criminal penalties
  • 18 USC § 2261A
  • Obstruction of Federal Audit. 18 U.S.C. 1516
  • Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud. 18 U.S.C. 1341 and 1343
  • Presenting False, Fictitious or Fraudulent Claims. 18 U.S.C. 287
  • Making False Statements to the Government. 18 U.S.C. 1001
  • Conspiracy to Defraud the Government. 18 U.S.C. 286
  • Making or Causing to be Made False Statements or Representations 42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(a)
  • Making False Statements with Respect to Conditions or Operations of Institutions. 42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(c)
  • The Federal Healthcare Anti-kickback Act, 42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(b),
  • Disclosure of ownership or control in related organizations. 42 U.S.C. 1320a-3
  • 15 USC 1693n—Electronic fund transfers—criminal
  • 18 USC 38—Fraud involving aircraft
  • 18 USC 2232—Destruction or removal of property to prevent seizure
  • Section 1073. Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP) or Giving Testimony
  • Section 1201. Kidnapping
  • Section 1204. International Parental Kidnapping
  • Section 1462. Importation or Transportation of Obscene Matters
  • Section 1465. Transportation of Obscene Matters for Sale or Distribution
  • Section 1466. Engaging in the Business of Selling or Transferring Obscene Matter
  • Section 1467(a). Criminal Forfeiture
  • Section 1470. Transfer of Obscene Material to Minors
  • Section 1591. Sex Trafficking of Children or by Force, Fraud, or Coercion
  • Section 2241. Aggravated Sexual Abuse
  • Section 2243. Sexual Abuse of a Minor or Ward
  • Section 2251. Sexual Exploitation of Children
  • Section 2251A(a)(b). Selling or Buying of Children
  • Section 2252. Certain Activities Relating to Material Involving the Sexual Exploitation of Minors
  • Section 2252A. Certain Activities Relating to Material Constituting or Containing Child Pornography
  • Section 2253(a). Criminal Forfeiture
  • Section 2254. Civil Forfeiture
  • Section 2257. Record Keeping Requirements
  • Section 2260(a)(b). Production of Sexually Explicit Depictions of a Minor for Importation into the United States
  • Section 2421. Transportation Generally
  • Section 2422. Coercion and Enticement
  • Section 2423(a)(b). Transportation of Minors
  • Section 2425. Use of Interstate Facilities to Transmit Information About a Minor