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Chicago federal crime defense attorneyIn the first few weeks of his administration, President Joe Biden has taken a number of steps toward keeping promises that he made on the campaign trail. To date, President Biden has signed more than two dozen executive orders, already approaching Franklin Roosevelt’s record of 30 executive orders in the first month of his administration. The president’s efforts of late have been directed toward social and racial justice concerns, including a noteworthy executive order that will phase out the use of private federal prisons by the Department of Justice.

Changing the “Whole Approach”

Last Tuesday, President Biden issued an executive order that directs the Attorney General and the Department of Justice to end their association with privately run, for-profit prisons. As part of the order’s directives, existing contracts with private prisons will continue to be honored, but the Attorney General has been instructed not to renew such contracts when they expire.

In his remarks prior to signing the order, President Biden emphasized his belief that the federal government must change “its whole approach” to issues of racial justice and social inequities, including in the criminal justice system. Biden added, “I firmly believe the nation is ready to change. But government has to change as well.”

Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerRecently, a Pensacola man was charged with human trafficking in three different states. The charges came after multiple federal search warrants turned up evidence of this offense and a number of others in several massage parlors across the country. While some have heard of human trafficking, whether through movies or news reports, few completely understand what this crime entails. Sometimes this includes those charged. It is important that anyone facing charges understands what possible penalties they face, and how a Chicago federal defense attorney can help. Understanding the Crime of Human Trafficking Human trafficking occurs when one person smuggles, conceals, or obtains people through the use of force or threat of force. Transporting a person under these means is also considered human trafficking. While most people are familiar with the term, ‘human trafficking,’ the legal statute refers to the offense as involuntary servitude, forced labor, and sex trafficking. The statute on human trafficking also includes language further defining human trafficking as defrauding a person through an abuse of power when the above conditions are met. This also includes using a person to make a profit while exploiting them. Penalties for Human Trafficking Human trafficking is considered to be an extremely serious crime in the United States. As such, those convicted face up to 20 years in federal prison if they are convicted of the crime. If a person died as a result of human trafficking, those penalties are increased to life imprisonment. Sex trafficking also carries harsher sentences than human trafficking that does not involve sex offenses. When children are involved in sex trafficking, or the victim was defrauded, forced, or coerced to perform sexual acts, the minimum sentence is ten years in federal prison. Convictions for these offenses can also result in a life imprisonment sentence. In addition to the prison sentences and potential fines that are sentenced in human trafficking convictions, those accused may also have to appear on the sex offender registry. This can make it extremely difficult to find employment and housing in the future and will affect just about every aspect of the defendant’s life. The penalties for human trafficking may also vary, depending on the person’s role in the offense. For example, if someone drove the vehicle that transported the victims of human trafficking, they may face up to seven years in federal prison, even if they did not actively participate in the trafficking. Need Help with Federal Charges? Call Our Illinois Federal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with human trafficking or any other federal crime, it is important you get the help of an experienced Chicago federal defense attorney. At the Law Offices of Hal M. Garfinkel, we know these cases are not as hopeless as they seem. We also know there are defenses available, and how to use them to build you the solid defense you need. Call us today at 312-629-0669 or fill out our online form for your free consultation. We are committed to helping those wrongly accused, and we want to help you, too.


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Illionois defense attorney,  Illinois criminal defense lawyerThe term “obstruction of justice” is one that is heard a lot in the news these days. What does it really mean though, to obstruct justice? What is involved in the crime, and what are the penalties if convicted? To answer these questions, one must look at the legal statutes found in The United States Code.

Obstruction of Justice, Section 1503

When most people think of obstruction of justice, they think of the type that falls under 18 U.S.C. Section 1503. Under this federal statute, obstruction of justice occurs when a person influences, obstructs, or hinders the administration of justice through corruption, force, threats, or threatening letters.

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