Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Tampa, FL & Chicago, IL
If you’re charged with a federal crime — including committing a criminal act on the property of the federal government or violating U.S. laws — Michael Petro can assist you with mounting an effective defense. Federal crimes can include criminal acts that cross state lines, including racketeering and mail fraud.
As a federal defense attorney, Petro has significant experience with grand jury proceedings along with a deep knowledge of legal issues related to criminal defense in federal court. A variety of criminal cases are heard in federal court, including:
- Drug offenses including trafficking and distribution.
- Securities fraud, insider trading and other violations of antitrust laws.
- Government fraud, including Medicare fraud and tax evasion.
- Organized crime, including money laundering and extortion.
Defending federal cases differs in several important ways, and federal defense attorneys must have a thorough understanding of relevant laws. In addition, federal defense attorneys must understand the differences in federal sentencing guidelines with their potential for harsher penalties.