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Federal Offenses
Most criminal cases in North Carolina are filed by a local law enforcement agency and handled in a state court. Alleged crimes that occurred on federal property, crossed state lines, or involved violations of federal law can be heard in federal court.

A person who is facing federal charges not only faces increased fines and imprisonment, but he or she will also have his or her case prosecuted by a United States attorney with the support of agencies that have significantly more resources than state and local agencies. It is extremely important for anybody who is either under investigation for or has been charged with a federal offense to immediately seek legal representation.

If you have been accused of a federal criminal offense, you should contact an experienced criminal attorney as soon as possible. Pollenz Law represents clients in U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of North Carolina. We help alleged offenders from the Triangle and surrounding communities.  The right attorney may make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Make the smart choice –  contact Pollenz Law today.

Federal Drug Charges
Federal White Collar Crimes
Federal Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations
Federal Weapons Charges
Federal Child Pornography Charges
Safety Valve / Substantial Assistance
Federal Courthouses in Eastern North Carolina
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[ps2id id=’Drug’ target=”/]Federal Drug Charges in North Carolina
Alleged crimes involving controlled substances are some of the most commonly prosecuted cases in federal courts.

These offenses usually involve one or more of the following drug charges:

  • Possession
  • Trafficking
  • Distribution
  • Manufacturing
  • Cultivation
  • Conspiracy
  • Delivery
  • Fraud
  • Smuggling

[ps2id id=’White’ target=”/]Federal White Collar Crimes in Wake County
These types of white collar crimes are usually non-violent crimes that often involve illegal financial activity.

Some of the most commonly prosecuted crimes of this nature include:

  • Bank Fraud or Financial Institution Fraud
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Securities Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Mass Marketing Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Bankruptcy Fraud
  • Telemarketing Fraud
  • Welfare Fraud

[ps2id id=’RICO’ target=”/]Federal Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations
Federal charges under the RICO Act focus on patterns of “racketeering activity” and require at least two acts of such activity, which includes the following:

  • Any act or threat involving murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical as defined in the Controlled Substances Act
  • Any act relating to bribery, counterfeiting, embezzlement from pension and welfare funds, mail fraud, wire fraud, financial institution fraud, obstruction of justice, trafficking in persons, or any one of a number of other violations listed in Title 18 of the U.S. Code
  • Restrictions on payments and loans to labor organizations or embezzlement from union funds
  • Bankruptcy fraud or securities fraud
  • Drug trafficking
  • Criminal copyright infringement
  • Money laundering
  • Any act which is indictable under the Immigration and Nationality Act relating to bringing in and harboring certain aliens, aiding or assisting certain aliens to enter the United States, or importation of alien for immoral purpose
  • Acts of terrorism

[ps2id id=’Weapons’ target=”/]Federal Weapons Charges in Wake County
There are a wide variety of firearms or weapons crimes that may be prosecuted by the federal government.

Some of these may include:

  • Possession of a weapon or firearm by a convicted felon
  • Weapons or firearms trafficking
  • Illegal or unauthorized weapons or firearms sales
  • Possession or use of a weapon or firearm in connection with the commission of a felony
  • Unlawful import or export of weapons or firearms
  • Buying weapons or firearms for another party (straw purchase)
  • Possession or use of a weapon or firearm in a federal facility
  • Possession of a stolen weapon or firearm

[ps2id id=’Porn’ target=”/]Federal Child Pornography Crimes in North Carolina
Charges of pornography involving children are taken very seriously by federal prosecutors and can result in very harsh sentences.

Some of the specific crimes listed in the U.S. Code include:

  • Production of child pornography
  • Possession, distribution, or receipt of child pornography
  • Possession with intent to distribute or sell child pornography
  • Importation or transportation of child pornography
  • Selling or buying children for sexual exploitation

[ps2id id=’SVSA’ target=”/]Safety Valve / Substantial Assistance in Federal Cases
Certain federal cases involve mandatory minimum sentences that a judge cannot deviate from, regardless of mitigating factors.

There are two provisions though that can result in a lesser sentence for an alleged offender:

Substantial Assistance – In crimes involving mandatory minimum sentences, a prosecutor can file this motion for a sentence below the mandatory minimum terms if the alleged offender provides information that leads to the investigation or prosecution of another person involved in criminal activities.

Safety Valve Provision – A low-level, nonviolent alleged drug offender may be eligible for a lesser sentence if he or she satisfies all five of the following requirements listed under Title 18 U.S. Code § 3553(f):

  • He or she does not have more than one criminal history point.
  • He or she did not use violence, threats of violence, or possess a firearm or other dangerous weapon in connection with the offense.
  • Nobody was injured or killed during the alleged offense.
  • He or she was not an organizer, leader, manager, or supervisor of others in the offense.
  • He or she truthfully provided all information and evidence he or she has concerning the alleged offense or offenses that were part of the same course of conduct or of a common scheme or plan to the prosecutor.

[ps2id id=’Courthouses’ target=”/]Federal Courthouses in Eastern North Carolina

United States Courthouse
310 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 645-1700

United States Courthouse
201 South Evans Street
Room 209
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 830-6009

United States Courthouse
3rd Floor
301 Green Street
Fayetteville, NC 28302
(910) 483-9509

United States Courthouse
413 Middle Street
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 638-8534

United States Courthouse
2 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 815-4663

United States Courthouse
306 East Main Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Contact Pollenz Law
Federal prosecutors have a conviction rate that exceeds 90 percent. It is enormously important for you to be represented by a skilled criminal defense lawyer if you are facing any type of federal charges.  If you’ve been accused of a federal crime, your future is at stake.  It is vital that you retain the immediate representation of Pollenz Law. We will fight for your rights.  We will look for flaws and weaknesses in the case against you.  We will seek to get your charges reduced or dismissed, and we will stand by you throughout the proceedings. The right attorney may make all the difference in the outcome of your case.  Pollenz Law represents clients in Durham County, Wake County, and Orange County, as well as surrounding areas. Make the smart choice –  contact Pollenz Law today.