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Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer in Cincinnati

Brian Kuester
Attorney Brian Kuester
Cincinnati Federal Criminal Defense Team Lead
Former US Attorney
Former District Attorney
Ellen Comley
Attorney Ellen Comley
Defense Team Lead
Senior Counsel
Roger Bach
Roger Bach
Team Consultant
Former Special Agent (OIG)

Are you under investigation? If you live in the Cincinnati, Dayton areas of Ohio, you need to know that the Department of Justice has significantly intensified its law enforcement activities in Southern Ohio. Following directives from the Attorney General of the United States and division leaders from Washington D.C., prosecutors in Cincinnati were formally instructed to expand current investigations, and to punish federal violations with the highest penalty permissible under the law.

Since then, Cincinnati has seen first examples of arrests, raids, executed search warrants, and prosecutions. Agents from the FBI, the DEA, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal task forces have begun to systematically monitor Cincinnati businesses and residents.

Current Federal Investigations in Cincinnati, Ohio

CincinnatiThe new wave of prosecutions in Cincinnati is widespread and diverse. Virtual all federal laws are heavily enforced, with a particular emphasis on so-called criminal conspiracies pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 371. The theory behind a federal conspiracy is that at least two people agreed to commit a federal crime. Importantly, the co-conspirators do not have to know each other and they need not necessarily have worked in concert. What is required is that each conspirator contributed something to the overall success of the conspiracy.

Cincinnati prosecutors use conspiracy charges for a number of reasons. Among the most important ones is that federal conspiracy law allows the government to charge a group of people rather than investigating and demonstrating individual culpability for the entire act. More so, one rationale is that the more people the government charges, the higher the likelihood that one of the defendants will assist the government and feels forced to testify against the co-conspirators. The following represents a small selection of those federal offenses frequently charged by federal prosecutors in Cincinnati in addition to computer and Internet crimes and so-called violent offenses.

Health Care Fraud.

  • 18 U.S.C. 1349 Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud
  • 18 U.S.C. 1347 Health Care Fraud
  • 18 U.S.C. 1035 False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters
  • 42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(b)(2) Payment of Illegal Remuneration
  • 42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(b)(1) Receipt of Illegal Remuneration
  • 21 U.S.C. 841 Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute
  • 21 U.S.C. 846 Conspiracy to Distribute

Financial Fraud, Theft, Tax Fraud.

  • 18 U.S.C. 1956 Money Laundering
  • 18 U.S.C. 1349 Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud
  • 18 U.S.C. 1349 Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud
  • 18 U.S.C. 1341 Mail Fraud
  • 18 U.S.C. 1343 Wire Fraud
  • 18 U.S.C. 641 Theft of Government Property
  • 18 U.S.C. 666 Federal Program Fraud
  • 18 U.S.C. 371 Conspiracy to Defraud the Internal Revenue Service
  • 26 U.S.C. 7206 Subscribing to a False and Fraudulent U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
  • 26 U.S.C. 7206 Aiding and Abetting in the Preparation and Presentation of False and Fraudulent Individual Income Tax Returns
  • 26 U.S.C. 7201 Attempt to Evade or Defeat Payment of Tax

Drug Trafficking.

  • 21 U.S.C. 846 Conspiracy to Distribute Furanyl Fentanyl, Carfentanil, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Marijuana, Cocaine etc.
  • 21 U.S.C. 846 Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance
  • 21 U.S.C. 841 Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance
  • 21 U.S.C. 841 Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute
  • 21 U.S.C. 841 Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Furanyl Fentanyl, Carfentanil, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Marijuana, Cocaine etc.
  • 18 U.S.C. 924 Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense
  • 21 U.S.C. 856 Managing a Drug Premises
  • 21 U.S.C. 331, 333 Introduction of Misbranded Food Into Interstate Commerce With an Intent to Defraud and Mislead
  • 21 U.S.C. 331, 333 Introduction of Adulterated Dietary Supplement Into Interstate Commerce

Each of those offenses constitutes a federal felony, which means that the law allows for a penalty of more than one year of incarceration. Typically, federal felonies range from 0-10 years (health care fraud) or 0-20 years (mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering) for each individual count. It goes without saying that if you are facing one of these offenses or are under investigation, you should immediately engage lawyers that have the experience to avoid or fight federal charges in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers of The Criminal Defense Firm

The Criminal Defense Firm only handles federal cases in Ohio. Unlike most other law firms, we do not handle DUIs, shoplifting, or other state offenses. Having spent our entire careers in the federal justice system taught us that the federal system is too complex, too unique, and too serious to allow experiments. With this concentration, we offer clients in Cincinnati, Ohio broad experience in all federal matters, including federal litigation and federal trials.

  • We Handled Many Federal Investigations
  • We Handled Many Grand Jury Matters
  • We Dismissed Federal Indictments
  • We Avoided Criminal Charges in a Large Number of Federal Cases
  • Unmatched Trial Record for Many Criminal Trials

Call The Criminal Defense Firm today (including on weekends) if you are involved in a federal case or investigation. Speak to lawyers that were previously in charge of federal investigation, grand jury proceedings, and federal trials.

What Type of Federal Cases Do We Handle in Cincinnati, Ohio?

The Criminal Defense Firm is a federal criminal defense law firm servicing Cincinnati, Ohio with Ohio based attorneys. The following is a selection of federal charges that our attorneys handle on a routine basis in courts across the country, including in Ohio. Feel free to contact us to inquire about our experience in other federal matters such as public corruption cases, Internet crimes, obstruction of justice, and others.

  • Bank Fraud and Embezzlement
  • Commodities Fraud
  • Computer Fraud
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Corporate Fraud
  • Federal Procurement Fraud
  • Federal Program Fraud
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Investment Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Intellectual Property Violations
  • Identity Theft
  • Aggravated Identity Theft
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Other Federal Fraud
  • Theft of Government Property
  • Counterfeiting
  • Customs Violations
  • Environmental Offenses
  • Money Laundering-Narcotics
  • Regulatory Offenses
  • Corruption & Bribery
  • Terrorism Charges

Most clients contact The Criminal Defense Firm when they have learned about a pending or potential investigation against them. In general, there are different ways to find out about an opened and pending investigation against an Ohio business or Cincinnati individual.

Common are target letters that inform the recipient that the government has reason to believe that you either broke federal law or helped someone else to violate federal law. Another way to find out about a case is receiving a grand jury subpoena. In the federal justice system, grand juries are tasked to decide whether or not to formally charge someone with a federal crime. In order to make that determination, the grand jury frequently issues subpoenas requesting documents or testimony in an attempt to collect more information before making a charging decision. Finally, at a more advanced stage of a case, some people only find out when they get federally arrested or are subject to a search warrant. In either of these situations, it is absolutely critical to hire experienced attorneys that can protect your rights and can execute a strategic defense plan based on years of federal litigation experience and a proven record of successful outcomes.

A Criminal Defense Team You Can Trust

One of the unique things about The Criminal Defense Firm is that we do not use junior lawyers. Our clients work with senior attorneys, not fresh-out-of-law-school starters and we do not delegate cases to paralegals or associates. When you become our client, you will have instant access to senior lawyers with specific experience in the matter that you contact us for. Instead of being walled off by secretaries that will tell you that the lawyer is currently on the other line or not available, you will simply call your lawyer or text us whenever a question arises.

Elizabeth Stepp is a graduate of Yale Law School with over twenty years of experience in complex litigation, including federal appeals. Elizabeth has achieved exceptional success in defending clients in federal litigation matters in courts across the country.

We understand the importance of each matter and we dedicate our fullest attention to each client. We are available to discuss your questions in a free and confidential consultation, including on weekends.

Do You Need An Effective Criminal Defense Lawyer? Call Today for a Free Case Assessment From Former DOJ-Prosecutors

Federal enforcement in Cincinnati is high and if you find yourself in the middle of it, you must rely on attorneys with a proven track record. Don’t just hire any attorney. If you are in a federal case or are dealing with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, call lawyers that used to work there, lawyers that understand the process from within. Contact The Criminal Defense Firm now.

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