Federal Criminal Lawyer Serving Florida & Puerto Rico

When facing federal charges, hiring a lawyer with years of experience in addressing and protecting those accused of federal criminal defense is crucial. These lawyers understand the federal court system, federal laws, and how federal prosecutors operate. With Miguel Oppenheimer's impressive background and support in federal criminal defense, we are fully equipped to represent you effectively.

At The Oppenheimer Law Group, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive approach to federal criminal defense. From the moment we take on your case, we will work tirelessly to build a strong defense, leaving no stone unturned. Our goal is to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Understanding Federal Crimes

Federal crimes are serious offenses that fall under the jurisdiction of federal law. Unlike state crimes, federal crimes are prosecuted by the U.S. government and carry severe penalties. It's crucial to understand that these cases are handled differently than those at the state level. We at The Oppenheimer Law Group have an extensive understanding of both the gravity and complexity of federal crimes. Our lead attorney, Miguel Oppenheimer, brings over 20 years of experience in the legal field, which includes a strong focus on federal criminal defense.

Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Subject matter jurisdiction refers to the authority of a court to hear cases of a particular type or cases relating to specific subject matter. When it comes to federal crimes, they are prosecuted in federal courts, which have exclusive jurisdiction. This means that state courts do not have the authority to adjudicate these matters. Going through this system requires a deep understanding of federal laws and procedures. With our firm, you can rest assured that we possess the knowledge and skills necessary to guide you through the process.

Crimes Across State Lines

Crimes that cross state lines often automatically become federal offenses due to the nature of the crime interfering with interstate commerce or violating federal law. For instance, crimes such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, or cybercrime that involve activities across state borders are dealt with under federal jurisdiction. This can significantly widen the scope of the investigation and prosecution, as federal agencies like the FBI, DEA, or ATF could become involved. Consequently, the resources at the disposal of the prosecution are substantial, and the penalties upon conviction can be more severe than for state crimes.

Crimes on Federal Property

Crimes committed on federal property, such as national parks, federal buildings, or military bases, are also prosecuted as federal offenses. Whether it's a misdemeanor or a more serious felony, facing charges for a crime committed on federal property can be daunting. But with us by your side, you'll have a team that understands the intricacies of federal law and knows how to protect your rights.

Federal Sentencing Guidelines

Most federal cases end up in sentencing, many defendants (95%) plea guilty and enter into some sort of agreement with the prosecution. A sentence may include time in prison, a fine to be paid to the government and/or restitution to crime victims. Hence, over 95% of individuals charged will end up before a Judge for sentencing where zealous advocacy will be such a crucial part of the process, is necessary. We start developing all mitigating evidence since the inception of the case and preparing for that 95% possibility that we might enter a plea deal, if the circumstances are right for the client.

Collateral Consequences of a Federal Conviction

At the Oppenheimer Law Group, we are fully aware that beyond any term of imprisonment or fine if you are found guilty of a serious crime, you will have to cope with collateral consequences, such as loss of employment or a professional license, loss of reputation, loss of Government aids and possibly loss of civil rights like the right to vote, serve on a jury, hold public office and the right to own a firearm. We realize we are defending not only your freedom and your finances but also your future and family.


Investigating the facts surrounding any case is an essential part of any zealous representation. Our office counts with a licensed private investigator who has been working hand in hand with us since 2013 in most of our criminal cases. He has experience in all areas of investigations including crime scene recreation, witness interviews, discovery analysis, white collar and mitigation for sentenci

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Examples of Federal Crimes

Federal crimes encompass a broad range of illegal activities that are prohibited by United States federal legislation. Examples of such crimes include but are not limited to:

  • White-Collar Crimes: These involve financially motivated, non-violent offenses, including embezzlement, money laundering, insider trading, and various types of fraud, such as tax fraud, health care fraud, and securities fraud.

  • Drug Offenses: Federal drug crimes generally pertain to the trafficking, distribution, and manufacturing of controlled substances across state lines or international borders, which is beyond the scope of state jurisdiction.

  • Terrorism: Acts considered to be of terrorist nature, whether domestic or international, fall under federal purview due to the national security implications.

  • Racketeering and Organized Crime: The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act enables the federal prosecution of individuals involved in organized criminal enterprises.

  • Child Pornography and Exploitation: The production, distribution, or possession of child pornography is a federal crime because of its often interstate or international nature.

  • Immigration Offenses: Crimes such as illegal entry, re-entry after deportation, and human trafficking are federal offenses due to the regulation of immigration being a federal responsibility.

  • Cybercrimes: Cybercrimes include a wide array of offenses, such as hacking, identity theft, and other computer-based crimes that often affect interstate or international commerce.

The aforementioned types encapsulate the diversity of federal crimes, each carrying its own set of statutory penalties and legal ramifications. The Oppenheimer Law Group is well-versed in the complexities of such cases and is committed to providing zealous representation to clients charged with these serious offenses.

The Federal Crimes Process

The process for handling federal crimes is comprehensive and follows several steps from investigation to potential sentencing:

  • Investigation: The first step is a thorough investigation conducted by federal law enforcement agencies like the FBI or DEA. During this phase, investigators gather evidence and build a case to determine whether a crime has been committed.

  • Charging: If enough evidence is found, the case will be brought before a federal prosecutor, who will decide whether to file charges. This leads to the defendant being formally charged with a crime.

  • Arraignment: Following charges, the defendant appears in court for an arraignment, where they are informed of the charges and asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

  • Pretrial Motions: Before the trial, either party can file pretrial motions, such as motions to suppress evidence or change the venue of the trial.

  • Trial: If the case proceeds to trial, it will be heard by a judge or jury in a federal court. Both the prosecution and defense present their evidence and arguments.

  • Sentencing: If the defendant is found guilty, the court will determine the appropriate sentence based on various factors, including the severity of the crime and the defendant's criminal history.

  • Appeals: A defendant has the right to appeal a conviction if they believe there has been a legal error in the handling of their case.

Understanding the nuances of each stage is crucial for an effective defense strategy. At The Oppenheimer Law Group, we ensure that every client is fully informed and strategically represented every step of the way.

Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Florida & Puerto Rico

If you or a loved one is facing federal criminal charges in Puerto Rico or Central Florida, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to provide the support you need during this challenging time. Remember, the sooner you get legal representation, the better your chances of successfully navigating the federal criminal justice system. Let us put our experience and dedication to work for you.