Money laundering is a term used to describe the process by which people committing crimes disguise the original ownership and control of money received from illegal conduct to make it appear to have come from a lawful source. Money laundering charges are usually prosecuted in federal courts as violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1956 and/or 18 U.S.C. § 1957. A conviction under 18 U.S.C. § 1956 can even result in a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
The federal government has at its disposal a wide variety of complex statutes and they also have significant funds dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of federal money laundering crimes. More importantly, anti-money laundering programs have expanded; criminal penalties for federal money laundering crimes have increased. Who do you have on your side if you are accused of money laundering under any of these federal statutes or a state money laundering law?
Frequently, individuals find themselves under investigation for money laundering charges related to drug trafficking activity, gambling or attempts to avoid payment of taxes. Investigations of federal money laundering crimes can often result in the seizure and potential forfeiture of cash, cars, real estate and other assets.
If you are under investigation, know arrest is imminent or have been arrested, before you talk to authorities, you should consult with experienced criminal defense trial attorneys who have your best interests in mind. These are complicated crimes and they require battle-tested counsel who understand how to sift through evidence, deal with law enforcement and are prepared to go the distance when it comes to dealing with state or federal prosecutors.
Our money laundering defense attorneys at Birrell Criminal Defense are located in Minneapolis, MN and are equipped with the knowledge and experience to help you fight for the best possible outcome in your case. We have handled many complex bank fraud cases involving unique legal and factual issues. We understand the process and what is at stake so we know how to approach these cases and how to craft a legal defense that covers every detail. We understand it’s not only your career, but your reputation that has to be protected as well. Contact us today to discuss your situation and learn how we can work with you to resolve this criminal matter.
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