Federal Crimes

Many federal criminal investigations begin with a complaint and an investigation by a federal agent. By the time the suspect learns of the accusation, much of the evidence the prosecutor will use to prosecute the case has already been gathered. 

The next step for the federal agents is getting a confession out of the person being accused or executing a search warrant at the person's home or business. If you learn that you are the target of a criminal investigation, seek out the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney before you speak to any law enforcement officer, including agents with the FBI or the DEA. 

Your attorney can help you understand the importance of remaining silent and not incriminating yourself. The attorney can also explain the charges against you and possible defenses. Your attorney can often work out the most favorable deal with the federal prosecutors or prepare the case for trial in the event no acceptable resolution can be negotiated before trial. 

Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys in Salt Lake City

When faced with a federal criminal charge, you need a federal defense attorney who understands the law and can defend your case aggressively. Whether it is through trial or negotiation, we can get the result you need to get your life back on track.

Our federal criminal defense attorneys represent clients in the United States District Court for the District of Utah and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Call (801) 532-5297 today to talk with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney in Salt Lake City at Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP. 


The Indictment in Federal Court

After the investigation is complete. The prosecutor begins the prosecution with the filing of an indictment, a criminal complaint or an information. In most cases, the prosecutor will present evidence to a grand jury. The grand jury is a group of twenty-three citizens in Utah who heard evidence and decide whether there is probable cause to charge you with a crime. If so, an Indictment will be returned by the grand jury. 

The Indictment specifies the accusation against you. You will be provided with a copy of the indictment prior to your initial appearance and arraignment.  In other cases, the prosecutor will prepare a Criminal Complaint accompanied by a Criminal Information or Affidavit instead of going before the Grand Jury.


Federal Drug Crimes in Utah

The attorneys at Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP represent people accused of participating in large international and domestic drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. We also represent clients accused of the more common day-to-day drug trafficking and money laundering activities arising during highway interdiction efforts or at the airport.

Many of these drug cases in Utah involve specialized investigative tools such as search warrants, undercover operations, and court-authorized wiretaps. Federal drug investigations in Utah often involves agents with the FBI and the DEA. Federal drug crimes can include:

  • sale and purchase of narcotics;
  • possession with intent to distribute;
  • the distribution of narcotics;
  • drug conspiracy charges; and
  • drug trafficking.

Federal Violent Crimes in Utah

We represent clients charge with a wide variety of violent crimes under federal law. Violent crimes can include firearm charges such as the possession or sale of guns or ammunition.

We also represent clients charged with violent crimes against children including child pornography, travel for sexual acts against a minor, and cases involving internet enticement of children. 


Federal White Collar Crimes

Our attorneys represent clients charged with different types of fraudulent conduct committed against other individuals or governmental entities in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah. Many of these cases involve allegations of public corruption committed by city, county, state or federal officials.

Other white collar crimes prosecuted at the federal level in Utah include:

  • Securities/Investment Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Embezzlement
  • Counterfeiting
  • Computer and Internet Crimes
  • Tax Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Social Security Disability Fraud
  • Bankruptcy Fraud

Additional Resources

United States District Court, District of Utah - Find court news and announcements, information for attorneys, court information, case information, and forms.

United States District Court, District of Utah
351 So. West Temple, Room 1.100
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 524-6100

Federal Rule Page of the District of Utah - Find the rules for the District of Utah including the federal rules of criminal procedure, the local rules, the recent amendment to local rules effective December 1, 2015, and the general court orders. 

Department of Justice for the District of Utah - Visit the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah to find information for witnesses and victims of federal crimes. Learn more about the U.S. Attorney, the criminal divisions, and programs related to financial litigation, identity theft, and victim witness assistance.


Finding a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney in Utah

The attorneys at Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP represent people facing charges in the United States District Court for the District of Utah. We protect individual rights and liberties in the federal criminal justice system. If you have been accused of a federal crime, call us to discuss your case. Learn how to protect your rights at the earliest stages of the investigation through trial.

Call (801) 532-5297 today for a free consultation.


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