I became a lawyer to help people in their time of need. Federal Criminal Defense is demanding and a test of any lawyer’s skill-set. I learned to practice criminal defense from the ground up by handling thousands of criminal cases. It is my hope to put my experience, passion and creativity to work for you. – Miller Leonard, Esq.
Are you facing a federal criminal charge in Colorado? Federal criminal charges in Colorado require an experienced federal criminal defense attorney. Not every criminal defense attorney practices in federal court. Since federal criminal charges are not like state criminal charges, it is important to choose a lawyer who has experience handling federal criminal cases.
The Federal Government tends to charge large, more complex matters. They also are active in the prosecution of federal drug charges, federal gun charges, federal computer charges, federal white collar crimes, federal mortgage fraud, federal mail fraud, federal wire fraud, and numerous other federal charges. What is unique about federal charges are the resources available to the United States. The government has experienced attorneys working hard against you, don’t you want an experienced Colorado criminal defense attorney who cares about your case, working hard to protect your rights?
Miller Leonard is experienced at defending criminal charges in Federal Court. Below are some areas that are common for lawyers who practice federal criminal defense. This is not an exhaustive list. Therefore, if you have been charged by the federal government or are under investigation by the federal government, please call the office immediately. Time is of the essence in any legal matter, especially in federal criminal defense.
As always, NEVER talk to the FBI, or any agent of the government without first consulting with a federal criminal defense attorney. This is what we do. Put experience on your side. The government does. Shouldn’t you?
Grand Jury Investigations
Often federal criminal investigations begin long before charges are brought. If you know that you are under investigation, it is important to contact an attorney now. Time is of the essence. Since federal criminal cases are usually large and complicated, there are often many defendants. It is important, if possible, to put yourself in position to be the first to talk to the government. The difference in the outcome of your case could be dramatic – as dramatic as the difference between substantial prison time and none at all. Don’t hesitate to contact Colorado federal criminal defense attorney Miller Leonard if you are under investigation. Let us begin to help you protect your most valued asset – your freedom. Remember, if the government is asking to talk to you, you need to call us now, before you speak with the government. Time is essential! Sometimes, the first person who agrees to talk to the government ends up with either a substantially reduced charge or maybe even no charge at all.
White Collar Crimes
The federal government, with vast resources and experienced prosecutors, often go after cases that are not the typical “street” crimes. These crimes are called white collar federal offenses, and, usually, involve the theft of money or services by some type of fraudulent activity. These crimes range from mortgage fraud to wire and mail fraud, and many other kinds of money crimes. If you are facing a Colorado federal criminal white collar crime, you need to hire an attorney with experience handling white collar matters. Our firm has conducted large, white collar investigations and has experience defending these type of crimes. Typically, these type of criminal charges involve sifting through large amounts of paperwork and can entail challenging legal arguments. If you are facing a white collar criminal charge in federal court, please contact our firm. We want to help you and will work hard to preserve your rights.
In the past, Miller Leonard has served as Special counsel for a government agency investigating a complex, multi-state, multi-million dollar fraudulent scheme. He has worked with forensic investigator, bank examiners, accountants and other experts common to these type of investigations. These investigations require the skill and expertise to distill the facts into something a jury can understand. It is crucial to have a Colorado federal criminal defense attorney who can help the jury understand how you were not involved in the charged case. You need an attorney who will fight for you, believe in you, protect your rights, and work your case in search of the details that can make the difference.
Why Do Some Attorneys Not Handle Federal Cases?
Federal Court is a demanding place to practice. Federal Judges expect lawyers who represent clients in federal cases to be ready and prepared. It is common to have time lines that require the lawyers to devote substantial time and energy to the case they are handling even though they have other cases. Federal Judges, generally, expect that their case will take priority over other cases.
The procedure in Federal Court is also different than State Court. Federal Court is much more writing intensive and in addition to federal criminal statutes, lawyers who appear in Federal Court must understand the United States Sentencing Commission Guidelines as well as the statutes related to sentencing and the ever changing case-law. The other significant factor in Federal Court is that the United States is represented by trained, seasoned attorneys and agents with unlimited resources.
Some of the areas Miller Leonard, PC handles:
- White collar crimes
- SEC violations
- Tax crime
- Asset forfeiture
- Drug possession
- Drug trafficking
- RICO cases (racketeering)
- Money laundering
- Public corruption
- Mortgage Fraud
- Cyber/Computer Crimes
- Possession of child pornography
- Distribution and production of child pornography
- Gun charges
- Post-Conviction matters
- Appellate representation