Federal Criminal Defense

federal-criminal-defense-lansing-michigan-lucas-dillonFederal prosecutors are known for being tough and thorough. When they have you in their sights, you need a defense attorney who has the same qualities fighting for your freedom. The Law Office of Lucas X. Dillon can help you with the following charges and more.

Bank Fraud

Bank fraud includes unauthorized access to a bank account and fraudulently inducing a bank to transfer funds to another account. Common methods including using false credentials on a computer system or posing as a bank employee.


United States currency, stamps, and similar items used in commerce are regulated by the federal government. Counterfeiting can include both fraudulently creating bills or other documents as well as making unauthorized alterations with the intent to deceive.

Credit Card Fraud

Credit card transactions are conducted using national databases belonging to payment processors and credit card companies even if the transaction was completed at a local merchant with a credit card issued by a local credit union. For that reason, the federal government has the ability to take jurisdiction in nearly every allegation of credit card fraud.

Crimes Against Children

Crimes against children include underage pornography, arranging to meet minors for sex, and child trafficking. There have been many cases where charges have been brought even when a minor misrepresented their age on an app that was supposed to be restricted to adults.


The federal government typically takes jurisdiction when large quantities of drugs are alleged to have been intended for sale or distribution. They also investigate drugs sent through the mail system or smuggled onto airplanes.


Embezzlement is defined as the misappropriation of funds placed into one’s trust. Embezzlement is typically charged at the federal level in cases of alleged investment fraud or in tightly regulated industries such as medicine.


Espionage is the unlawful disclosure of classified or sensitive materials. In addition to traditional spying, it may be charged in instances such as leaking information to a reporter or revealing information to a loved one without a security clearance even though there was no intent to aid a foreign government.


Extortion is obtaining property from another person by fear or force. This includes both direct, physical threats as well as the threat of releasing information that is sensitive or would otherwise harm a person.


The federal government regulates the forgery of documents used in interstate commerce as well as other special items such as art. Both creating a document or instrument from scratch and altering one with the intent to change its value or acceptance constitute forgery.

Gun Crimes

Federal law governs the possession of firearms on federal property, including national parks and government facilities, regardless of state laws or permits. Federal law also covers the unlawful transportation of firearms as well as possession of firearms by convicted felons.

Illegal Reentry

Illegal reentry includes reentering the country without government approval after having been denied admission, excluded, deported, or removed. Illegal reentry may result in a fine or prison sentence prior to being deported again.


Even typically minor crimes can have a significant effect on immigration status including the possibility of immediate deportation or not being eligible for renewal. Crimes involving narcotics, fraud, or violence may result in mandatory immigration consequences.

Major Theft

Generally, thefts are handled by state prosecutors. In cases where a theft is alleged to have affected a large number of people or involved a large dollar amount, typically affecting more than one state, federal prosecutors may bring charges.

Money Laundering

Money laundering is engaging in a series of transactions that attempt to make funds obtained in illegal activities appear that they were legitimately obtained. Businesses and individuals who engage in heavy cash transactions may face money laundering accusations even when their activities were perfectly legitimate.

Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO)

The RICO Act is a broad-reaching federal law that was originally passed to make it easier to prosecute the Mafia and other criminal enterprises. Today, it is increasingly used to make allegations of conspiracies and prosecute individuals federally when other federal charges cannot be brought.

Tax Evasion

Underpaying taxes typically results in an audit with the possibility of a fine, interest, and back taxes. When underreported income is large in amount or occurred over a number of tax periods, the government may allege criminal intent to evade taxes.

Violent Crimes

The federal government has jurisdiction over violent crimes against federal employees, on federal property, or during the commission of a federal crime. The Sentencing Guidelines impose harsh penalties that typically include a lengthy prison term.

White Collar

White collar crimes include frauds, forgeries, embezzlement, and other financial crimes. Federal prosecutors may especially close attention to crimes that affect investors and may frequently launch investigations because investors lost money even though there was no criminal activity.

To speak with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney, contact the Law Office of Lucas X. Dillon in Lansing, Michigan, today!