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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerIn early January, former Congressman Chris Collins was sentenced by a federal judge to over two years in prison for insider trading and making false statements to federal agents. The former congressman told his son that the results from the clinical trial conducted by Innate Immunotherapeutics were negative. Armed with the tip, Collins’ son sold his shares, and many others followed. Along with the jail time, the judge also sentenced him to a fine of $200,000.

Collins admitted to what he had done, saying that he was a disgrace to not only his son, but also the constituents he once served. However, not everyone charged with insider trading is guilty. For these individuals, there are many defenses available.

There Was No Purchase or Sale of Securities

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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerIf you have been indicted for a federal crime such as embezzlement or bankruptcy fraud, you likely know that you need a qualified federal criminal defense lawyer to represent you. You likely also know that you do not just need a lawyer, you need the right lawyer for your case and one that will give you the best chance of success. So, how do you go about finding one? Following the tips below will certainly help.

Find the Right Type of Lawyer

If you are charged with or being investigated for a federal crime, you need a federal criminal defense lawyer. These lawyers are much different than divorce lawyers or estate planning lawyers. They are even much different than criminal defense lawyers that work at a state level. Federal criminal defense lawyers understand the federal system, how federal courts work, and what the sentencing guidelines are in federal court. This is important and will make a difference in your case.

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Posted by on in Federal Crimes

Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerHaving a federal conviction on your record is a very serious matter. In addition to meaning that you may have to serve time in prison, it can also mean that you may not be able to find a job, find a place to live, or even obtain a school loan once your punishment is over. Even after serving probation, you may still find trouble securing all the opportunities you once did. Many people experience this after they have served their time and want to carry on with their lives as they once did. So, after you have served your sentence, can your federal conviction be expunged?

When Federal Convictions Can Be Expunged

To get a federal expungement means to make it as though the conviction never existed. Your criminal record is essentially thrown out, and no one can look up your arrest or conviction in public records. However, most federal offenses are not eligible for expungement. Under 18 U.S.C. 3607(c), only individuals convicted of a minor offense under the Controlled Substances Act can have their record expunged. This is a very narrow category of offenses, which unfortunately means that most people convicted of a federal offense do not qualify for expungement.

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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerWhen many people hear of the federal justice system, they may at first imagine tough United States attorneys and convictions that come with much harsher sentences in federal prison. Both of these are elements of the federal justice system, but there is also much more to it than just that. There are also many ways this system varies from the state justice system in Illinois. Below are just a few of the main differences between the two.

The Judges

According to the Constitution, federal judges are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. In most cases, federal judges hold these positions for life. The only exception to this is if they are charged with misconduct in which case, Congress will hold impeachment hearings and determine whether a judge should be removed.

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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerFederal lawmakers have been working on a proposal since the beginning of the year and in late October, that piece of legislation came much closer to becoming law. The new law, if passed, would make animal cruelty a federal crime. Currently, animal cruelty laws are largely left to the states to enact and enforce. The proposed bill is an attempt to expand on a law that was passed during the Obama administration. It has not passed yet but has so far received bipartisan support.

Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010

While Barack Obama was in the White House, he signed into law the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010. This law was in response to a series of extremely disturbing videos depicting animal cruelty. The law got its name because the videos often showed animals being crushed, along with a number of other violent acts. This act made it illegal for people to videotape these acts of cruelty.

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