Federal Defense Attorney Chicago

A large part of our practice involves representing defendants and businesses in federal cases. If you are being charged by the United States Attorney with federal charges you will quickly find that the setting, procedure, and consequences are significantly greater than being charged for state offenses. The federal criminal process is a complicated maze that is exceedingly difficult for the inexperienced person to understand and navigate. The United States Attorney’s Office employs federal prosecutors who are very experienced and have the resources of the United States government at their disposal. Investigations are headed by agents from the FBI, the DEA, the IRS, the Postal Inspector General, and the Department of Treasury to name a few.

Federal Defense Attorney Purav Bhatt

Federal Defense Attorney

If you are facing a federal indictment and have been charged with criminal offenses by the US Attorney’s office, you must prepare early and aggressively. Federal offenses can carry with them decades-long prison sentences and sizeable fines amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

That is why the attorney you select to represent you is the first of many particularly important decisions you must make. You will need an attorney who is familiar and experienced with the federal court system, the US Attorneys handling the case and the judges hearing the case.

Attorney Purav Bhatt and his team at The Law Office of Purav Bhatt has proudly represented and defended clients in federal courts across the Midwest including Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. We have represented individuals from pre-arrest investigations with the FBI through federal jury trials. Our goal is to avoid you being charged in the first place and if you are charged to minimize the damage of those charges. We take a strategic, calculated, and forceful approach to federal charges that comes from years of experience on both sides of the courtroom. Our office has successfully handled and tried cases including:

  • drug trafficking
  • guns
  • piracy
  • internet pornography
  • tax fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud and health care fraud
  • violations of securities laws
  • conspiracy
  • white-collar crimes
  • racketeering
  • illegal transportation and sale of firearms



Potential Defenses We Can Use When You Are Charged With a Federal Crime

It can be extremely unnerving and stressful to discover that you are the subject of a federal crime investigation. A conviction in these cases can have devastating, long-term consequences for your life.

Luckily, there are a number of steps that a skilled federal criminal defense attorney can take to protect your freedom.

Pre-Trial Defenses

There are defenses that can help you avoid a trial if you receive a federal indictment. However, you will need to fulfill certain requirements before the prosecution will drop federal criminal charges against you. A federal crimes defense lawyer may first need to send a notice to the government apprising them of your intention to rely on a certain defense.

These are a few common types of notice and pre-trial defenses used in federal criminal offenses:

  • Public authority
  • Entrapment by estoppel
  • Outrageous government conduct
  • Alibi
  • Insanity
  • Vindictive prosecution
  • Selective prosecution
  • Venue

Affirmative Defenses

The burden of proving guilt lies with the federal government in most federal criminal cases. Our experienced criminal defense lawyer will gather the necessary evidence to create a strategic defense strategy.

If they cannot dismantle the prosecution’s case, they can aim to establish an affirmative defense in the form of:

  • Necessity
  • Self-defense
  • Duress
  • Defense of others
  • Defense of property
  • Battered spouse’s syndrome
  • Abandonment
  • Voluntary intoxication
  • Statutory defenses
  • Entrapment
  • Withdrawal

Specific Intent Defenses

There are several actions that the federal law deems illegal only if they occur with criminal intent. Intent is often a large aspect of a federal criminal offense. The government is required to prove that criminal intent motivated the illegal action.

These are a few examples of specific intent defenses:

  • Good faith
  • Advice of counsel
  • Automatism
  • Negating mens rea
  • Applying mens rea to all elements of the offense

Special Federal Defenses

There are a few effective defense strategies employed by competent criminal defense attorneys that can help you get the acquittal you deserve. These include:

  • Claiming extraterritorial jurisdiction
  • Showing derivative citizenship
  • Relying on the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution

Why You Need The Law Office of Purav Bhatt

We Leave No Room for Error

You cannot afford to make a mistake when defending against a federal charge. We have one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Chicago, IL at The Law Office of Purav Bhatt. Our federal crimes lawyer knows how to navigate the federal court system and will meticulously defend you.

The fact is that federal courts usually give sentences that far exceed the penalties imposed by state courts, so you need a stellar federal crimes lawyer that will fight for you like no one else. It takes pointed and fearless litigation to have federal charges dropped. The accomplished attorney from The Law Office of Purav Bhatt has an unparalleled track record of success and is not afraid to go up against federal agencies and ruthless prosecutors.

We Will Move Fast to Protect Your Rights

You should get our highly rated Chicago federal criminal defense law firm to represent you as soon as possible, preferably before the federal prosecutors file charges or obtain a Grand Jury indictment. The virtually unlimited budgets of federal law enforcement agencies and the nature of federal offenses compel law enforcement to investigate these charges thoroughly.

Whether you are arrested for white-collar crimes, federal drug crimes, violent crimes, mortgage fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, or any other crime, you need to get our strategy-driven law firm on board early to start preparing a solid defense.

We Provide Proactive Pre-Indictment Representation

In certain serious crimes, getting charged may be unavoidable, even with seasoned criminal defense lawyers on your side. Where necessary, our proven federal criminal defense attorney will negotiate with the prosecutors to seek the most lenient sentence and lowest possible charge.

Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, you may need to agree to cooperate with the federal agency. You may get lower sentencing guidelines by accepting some culpability. Our seasoned lawyer will find facts and gather evidence to convince the attorney’s office to drop the charges against you or offer you a deal.

You Are in the Hands of a Fighter: Get Legal Representation from a Formidable Criminal Defense Lawyer

The Law Office of Purav Bhatt has handled numerous federal cases with successful outcomes by challenging the prosecution’s evidence, negotiating for lenient federal sentencing guidelines, and employing other legal strategies to get the charges dropped or reduced. Attorney Purav Bhatt has extensive legal experience, including the time he spent as a Cook County prosecutor, which gives him an edge when defending against federal offense charges.

Our team has the skills and dedication required to minimize potential charges and will work tirelessly to protect your rights. Schedule your confidential consultation with us today. Call 773-791-9682 or write to us online.