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FEDERAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR WIRETAPPING CHARGES

July 1, 2020

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Generally, Illegal drug trade is considered to be a very critical offense both nationally and internationally. This menace involves cultivating drugs that are then processed where after processing, they are distributed through various channels for sale. Smuggling of drugs across a county’s borders is considered as a federal crime and the charged persons may face severe penalties even from government agencies.

Where a person is prosecuted for distributing illegal drugs, he or she is at risk of receiving a prison sentence of not less than 3 years. If convicted of this federal crime it is even worse and to defend yourself you must employ a high expertise lawyer who can be able to convince the court that the above-charged person is innocent and not liable to the crime he or she has been charged for.

Our attorneys are experienced in representing people charged with a federal crime involving drug trafficking, a thorough investigation concerning the arrest of the suspect must be carried out. If the suspect held in custody is found to have been arrested on genuine reasons then other considerations must be put into place. This is because federal laws guarantee a suspect the freedom to express himself until proven guilty as the arrest maybe legal though under contradicting circumstances. This is since a person may be arrested by being found unaware in the wrong place at the wrong time or also one may engage in such a business without his or her consent. Thus, a suspect has the right to defend himself in a court of law.

If one is convicted with a drug trafficking offense, it means severe penalties like for a lifetime jail imprisonment or denial of a country’s citizenship. Hence to get out of this fate one must incorporate the services of an Attorney General who has the required expertise in the field of state and federal law to get the reasonable and perfect defense in a federal court of law.

FEDERAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR WIRETAPPING CHARGES

If you are the target of a federal wiretap investigation, it is important to consult with an experienced federal defense attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. Federal investigations and prosecutions have very serious consequences, so taking action to protect and defend yourself is crucial for your future.

At our firm, we have extensive experience defending clients in cases that involve federal investigations. If you have been the target of a wiretap investigation, let our experienced attorneys put his years of federal experience to work defending you and protecting your rights.

AUTHORIZED FEDERAL WIRETAPS

A wiretap occurs when third-party intercepts and monitors real-time conversations. When a state or federal law enforcement agency is the third-party, the wiretap is considered a “lawful interception” as long as the wiretap was legally authorized and implemented.

The rules and procedures that apply to obtain a federal wiretap are actually quite extensive and controlled. Given the highly invasive nature of a wiretap, a federal law enforcement officer must obtain authorization from a judge to conduct a wiretap investigation. To obtain that authorization, an officer and prosecutor must first provide probable cause that the phone (including cellphones) or computer (including e-mail accounts) has been used to facilitate or commit a crime.

Unlike other types of search warrants, however, providing probable cause it was not enough to obtain a wiretap order. The officer or prosecutor must also convince the judge that other, less invasive, insightful strategies have been attempted and fizzled, that they give off an impression of being probably not going to succeed whenever attempted, or that they are too dangerous. In essence, they must prove that a wiretap is the only viable way to obtain the evidence sought. Moreover, if a wiretap is authorized, it will only be authorized for a maximum of 30 days. At the end of that time period, the original order can be extended, but only if a judge grants an extension.

FEDERAL WIRETAP CRIMES

In order to obtain a federal wiretap, there are specified criminal offenses that the government must be investigating and they are outlined in 18 U.S. Code § 2516.  Some of the more commonly used charges include terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering, bribery, sex trafficking, fraud (bank, wire, and mail fraud), and racketeering.

WIRETAP INVESTIGATION DEFENSES

If you recently learned that you were (or are) the target of an investigation for one of these federal wiretap offenses, you may be concerned about what the government overheard and what evidence was collected during the investigation. While it is true that evidence obtained pursuant to a wiretap can be damaging, there are defenses that might prevent that damaging evidence from being admitted at trial.

An experienced federal defense attorney may use one of these defenses in a wiretapping case:

  • Failure to establish probable cause – For a judge to even consider authorizing a wiretap, the affidavit and/or testimony submitted in support of the request must contain sufficient probable cause. The law enforcement officer/prosecutor may have exaggerated, or even outright lied, in order to establish probable cause and move forward.
  • Failure to exhaust other options – Sometimes a law enforcement officer or prosecutor tries to hurry a wiretap request through the court system. That may mean seem harmless enough; however, it directly violates the law if it results in failing to exhaust other possible options.
  • Exceeding the scope — All wiretaps come with complex and ever-changing rules and procedures. One of those is that a wiretap cannot exceed 30 days at a time. At the end of that time period, the wiretap must stop unless a request has been filed and granted to extend the time period.

GET HELP FROM AN EXPERIENCED FEDERAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY WHEN YOU’VE BEEN THE TARGET OF A FEDERAL WIRETAP INVESTIGATION

If you find you’re involved in a federal wiretap investigation, do not delay getting help from an experienced federal defense attorney. Instead. Attorney David Haas formerly worked as a federal prosecutor, so he understands how federal investigations work and is dedicated to using his knowledge and experience to protect you, your rights, and your future.

Do not wait until you have been officially charged with a crime to get help. Your best protection is defending against the investigation right now.

 

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