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chicago-federal-crimes-defense-lawyer.jpgLast month, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on several important cases. While certain cases earned more publicity than others, one of the cases that got the least coverage is the most important for criminal defense purposes. This case, Vega v. Tekoh, clarified that a police officer cannot be sued if he does not give an individual a Miranda warning before interrogating him when that individual’s incriminating statements are introduced as evidence against him in court. 

This has significant implications for criminal defense as it removes a defendant’s ability to seek a remedy for violations of their Miranda rights. If you are being accused of a crime, it is absolutely essential to never give statements to law enforcement that admit guilt. If you are being accused of committing a federal crime, or are even being questioned about one, call an attorney before speaking to investigators. 

What Exactly Are Miranda Rights? 

A Miranda warning is a statement that police are required to give to criminal suspects telling them that they do not need to speak in an interrogation and that anything they say can be used as evidence against them. Miranda warnings also advise suspects that they have a right to an attorney and that, if they cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided. 

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chicago-federal-crimes-lawyer.jpgFacing federal criminal charges of any kind in Chicago can be a frightening and confusing experience, especially because federal laws can be so complex and federal prosecutors can be so aggressive. You may rightfully feel as though you cannot trust any promises or guarantees you get regarding bargains or plea deals and even wonder whether the state has a strong case against you to begin with. If you or someone you love has been charged with a federal criminal case, you may be wondering what evidence the state has against you and how much evidence they need to prove you are guilty. Before you make any deals with a prosecutor, make sure you completely understand your options and have help from an experienced, assertive criminal defense attorney. 

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Federal criminal cases require prosecutors to prove a defendant’s guilt “beyond reasonable doubt.” This means that defendants do not have to prove they are innocent - rather, the government must prove to the jury that the defendant is guilty with evidence that is so clear that there is no reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. 

While the prosecution will try to convince the jury that the evidence allows for no other explanation besides the defendant’s guilt, the defendant’s attorney plays a crucial role in convincing the jury otherwise. A defense attorney will speak to the defendant at great length, investigate the case, examine all the evidence, negotiate with the prosecutors, and create a convincing argument in the courtroom. Defense attorneys can cross-examine witnesses, bring expert witnesses of their own, and provide defendants with a realistic idea of their options throughout the case. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_chicago-federal-crimes-attorney_20220628-215547_1.jpgNow that the Johnny Depp versus Amber Heard verdict has been handed down by the court, many people have asked the same question: Did Amber Heard commit perjury? Many people use terms like “lying under oath,” and “perjury,” but few understand exactly what they mean. Perjury is a federal criminal offense prohibited by multiple federal statutes. Anyone accused of perjury or another federal offense should contact a federal criminal defense attorney right away to get legal advice for their particular situation.

Swearing to Tell the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth

Individuals who provide testimony in court are required to “tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” Being sworn in binds a person to honesty. Telling a lie on the witness stand is not like lying elsewhere. Lying under oath is a serious criminal offense because it undermines the justice system.

Lying or making false statements in court is not always perjury. Perjury occurs when a lie is told while under oath. Furthermore, perjury only includes false statements. Refusing to answer a question or remaining silent is not perjury. You cannot face perjury charges because of something you did not say. However, refusing to provide information or answer a question may potentially lead to contempt of court charges or other adverse consequences.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_chicago-hate-crime-defense-lawyer.jpgA man suspected of shooting and killing ten black individuals in a Buffalo grocery store in March was recently formally charged with multiple weapons violations and federal hate crimes. Many people understand the general concept of a hate crime, but do not fully understand what a hate crime is and when they can face charges for a hate crime. Hate crimes can be classified as both state-level offenses and federal offenses. Federal hate crime charges are punishable by severe, life-changing penalties. If you or a loved one were accused of committing a hate crime, contact a hate crime defense lawyer immediately.

Hate Crimes are Crimes Motivated by Bias Against Certain Groups

The term “hate crime” can be confusing because many violent offenses are motivated by anger or hate. According to federal law, a hate crime is one that is committed against someone because of the person’s race, national origin, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. The crime could be motivated by the person’s actual race, religion, gender, or another characteristic, or the perceived characteristic.

Hate crimes are often violent offenses like assault or murder. However, threats of violence, arson, vandalism, and other offenses may also be considered hate crimes. Conspiracy to commit a hate crime can also lead to federal criminal charges.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_chicago-immigration-fraud-lawyer.jpgIllegal immigration continues to be a controversial topic in the United States. Many people seek residency and citizenship in the United States and ensuring that people come to the U.S. legally is a top priority for many government agencies. Accusations of immigration fraud often lead to federal criminal charges punishable by harsh penalties. Both immigrants and U.S. citizens can find themselves facing immigration fraud charges.

If you or a loved one were accused of marrying someone solely for the purposes of getting them a visa, identity fraud, or another type of immigration fraud, contact a federal criminal defense attorney immediately. Do not talk to the police until your attorney is present.

Marriage Immigration Fraud

One of the most common types of immigration fraud is marriage immigration fraud. In the internet age, people across the globe from each other can meet online and fall in love without ever meeting face to face. However, some people in this situation find themselves accused of immigration fraud.

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