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Federal Crimes

Philadelphia Federal Crimes Attorneys

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If you are under investigation by federal authorities for an alleged crime that violated federal law, the only thing that may secure your rights and your freedom is an experienced trial attorney. At Parkinson, Tarpey Law, our Philadelphia federal crimes lawyers have tried thousands of cases, giving us an unmatched range of experience.

As former district attorneys, we are familiar with both sides of the courtroom and have a comprehensive understanding of federal laws and criminal procedures. We have the skills and resources necessary to effectively investigate a federal charge and protect your constitutional rights.

Contact our federal crimes attorneys in Philadelphia today and discuss your criminal case with us during a consultation!

We’ve Fought Criminal Charges of All Kinds

A wide range of criminal charges may be considered a federal crime. In many cases, a criminal charge of a particularly heinous or exaggerated nature may be elevated from a simple state offense to a federal offense. At the same time, the penalties of a federal criminal conviction are much harsher.

We have defended clients against many different federal crimes, including:

  • Civil rights violations
  • Counterintelligence crimes
  • Crimes against children
  • Crimes on government property
  • Drug crimes
  • Immigration crimes
  • Internet crimes
  • Organized crimes
  • Public corruption crimes
  • Tax crimes
  • White collar crimes

What Is the Difference Between State and Federal Crimes?

Most criminal prosecutions happen in state courts because the state can prosecute anyone who violates their laws. The federal government tries defendants who commit criminal acts on federal land or violate federal law. Crimes that cross state lines, such as drug trafficking, are usually considered a federal crime. Other special crimes, such as immigration fraud or customs violations, also fall under federal jurisdiction.

State and federal criminal procedures have many differences. For example:

  • A state crime arrest is usually made by police officers or county sheriffs.
  • A federal crime arrest is usually made by federal agents (FBI, DEA, etc.).
  • State crimes are prosecuted by a city, state, or district attorney.
  • Federal crimes are prosecuted by a United States attorney.

In general, you face much harsher penalties and prosecution for a federal crime. For example, the penalties for possessing a small amount of illegal drugs in Philadelphia may result in a monetary fine or jail time. However, possessing a significant amount of illegal drugs could elevate the drug crime to the federal level and result in thousands of dollars in fines and a lengthy prison sentence.

Put Four Decades of Experience in Your Corner!

At Parkinson, Tarpey Law, our team has more than 40 years of collective experience in criminal defense. When you work with a criminal lawyer at our firm, you gain access to an aggressive legal advocate who may build a personalized defense against your federal criminal charge. Don’t put your future at risk—let us use our experience as former district attorneys to help you protect your best interests!

We have 1000+ defended cases under our belt. Schedule your consultation with our federal crimes lawyers in Philadelphia and secure the dedicated representation you deserve!


  • Reduced Sentence Commonwealth v. A.B.
  • Dismissed Commonwealth v. A.D.M.
  • Dismissed Commonwealth v. A.G.
  • Found Not Guilty Commonwealth v. A.H.
  • Charges Dismissed Commonwealth v. A.P.
  • Not Guilty Commonwealth v. A.R.

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