San Diego Federal Criminal Attorney

One of the most significant differences between federal crimes and state crimes is the investigation process. Whereas state charges may be filed after little or no investigation at all, federal charges tend to follow substantial investigations that may have taken place over the course of months or even years. Federal investigations may involve searches and wiretaps that yield large amounts of evidence that prosecutors will use against the accused, whom they may not file charges against until they are absolutely certain they have a concrete case.

You do not have to wait for the conclusion of the federal grand jury investigation to take action. In fact, proactively retaining a lawyer as early in the process as possible allows for opportunities to work with investigators and prosecutors, setting the stage for a successful defense case, if not mitigating charges before they are even filed.

Are you the target of a federal grand jury investigation? Are you being looked at as a witness? Do you have questions about whether or not you should cooperate with the investigation? Do you think you should keep quiet? These are just some of the questions that can be answered by retaining an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer.

Representation by a Former Federal Prosecutor

Whether you are under investigation or you have been charged, you want to be represented by an attorney who understands the federal criminal justice system. You will find that attorney at our law firm. Attorney John D. Kirby is a Cornell Law School graduate and former federal criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the southern district of California.

The Art of Federal Criminal Defense

At the Law Offices of John D. Kirby, A.P.C., our insight into the role of the federal criminal prosecutor means we know who our opponents are and we understand their tactics. We know how to get things done, even in the most complex cases involving federal white collar crimes and federal drug crimes. We will move quickly in order to protect your interests and your future. Federal criminal defense is an art, and we have proven ourselves to be artists.

RICO is a federal statute that empowers prosecutors in federal white collar crime cases, federal drug crime cases and other cases involving allegations of criminal enterprises. We have the experience to take on prosecutors who are using RICO against our clients.

San Diego RICO Lawyer

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal statute that empowers criminal prosecutors in cases involving allegations of organized crime. Essentially, RICO allows prosecutors to define a criminal enterprise so they can charge all participants in that enterprise with all of the crimes that the enterprise committed. People who were only involved in the criminal enterprise to a very small extent could be charged with drug trafficking, money laundering, fraud, public corruption and any number of other charges. These cases typically involve federal white collar crimes or federal drug crimes.

At the California Law Offices of John D. Kirby, A.P.C., we have the experience to take on federal prosecutors who are using RICO against our clients. Our attorney, John D. Kirby, is a former federal criminal prosecutor who understands the prosecution’s tactics in these cases, tactics that may include using one member of the alleged criminal enterprise against another. In addition to being a former federal criminal prosecutor, he is a Cornell Law School educated lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in the field of criminal law.

RICO Has Very Specific Requirements

Understandably, people who discover that RICO is being used against them are very frightened. This is a powerful statute, and repercussions can be extremely severe. However, as powerful as RICO may be, it needs to be used properly in order to be effective. Specific requirements need to be met to fold an individual into the alleged criminal enterprise. If the prosecution is not able to meet those requirements, and they are not easy requirements to meet, we will see that the case against our client goes no further.

The earlier we are able to intervene, the better. If you have not been charged, but you are under investigation and you believe RICO will be used against you, let us take immediate action to set the stage for a positive outcome.