Charged with a Federal Offense?

Being charged with a federal crime can be scary and confusing. Federal courts operate very differently from state courts and a conviction usually results in much harsher penalties. You need an experienced and skilled criminal defense lawyer by your side. We recognize that every case is unique, and we tailor your defense to best suit your specific situation.

Types of Federal Crimes

Generally, a federal crime is one that violates a federal law rather than a state law. If a crime violates both a state and a federal law, however, it will likely end up being tried in federal court. Examples of federal offenses include:

  • Sex offenses like distribution of child pornography and sex trafficking
  • Drug crimes, including manufacturing and distribution
  • Bank robbery
  • Damaging federal property
  • Making terroristic threats
  • Kidnapping

In addition, most white collar offenses are considered federal crimes. Insurance fraud, tax evasion and certain financial crimes are all examples of cases that would be handled in federal court.

Why Federal Representation is Vital

Federal authorities have unlimited resources, enabling the prosecution to build a strong case against you. Plea deals are not allowed, so authorities will file multiple charges and those that come with the most severe penalties. If you are convicted, sentencing in federal court is a separate process that comes with its own rules and guidelines.

We have a track record of more than 30 years in Alexandria and Fairfax, including experience in the Public Defender’s office. We understand that your freedom is at stake. We will conduct a separate and thorough investigation of your case, including locating new witnesses, evaluating how evidence was collected by investigators, and gathering any evidence that can be used in your defense.


When you’re ready to call, we’re ready to help. Call us at 703-836-9030, or contact us here. All communications between our firm and potential clients remain entirely confidential.

Criminal Defense Attorney

Rebecca Janet Wade

Ms. Wade has represented clients charged with a wide range of offenses from traffic offenses to serious felonies such as aggravated malicious wounding, drug distribution, and sex crimes. Ms. Wade has tried over two dozen jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. Additionally, Ms. Wade has experience handling appeals and has appeared numerous times at the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia, earning victories in both Courts.


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