If you have come to the attention of federal authorities for possessing, selling, or trafficking illegal drugs, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. The federal criminal justice system is significantly more complicated to navigate than the state court system and penalties for drug offenses can be much higher. Even when the criminal conduct in question is the same, federal drug offenses differ from those at the state level. It is imperative that the attorney you hire is familiar with federal criminal practice.

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Unlawful possession, illegal transportation and transfer, and using firearms during a crime can all lead to the involvement of federal law enforcement. In many cases, federal firearms laws provide severe penalties for possession of weapons and ammunition. In particular, if the federal government believes you are a violent offender or drug trafficker, the penalties you face may be extremely punitive. For example, possession of firearms by convicted felons or drug users can provide punishments of up to ten years imprisonment. If such possession occurs after you have been convicted of certain felonies offenses involving drugs or violence, you must serve at least fifteen years in prison.

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If you are charged with a felony in Atlanta or anywhere in the state of Georgia, you need an effective criminal defense attorney immediately. Molly Hiland Parmer has represented hundreds of clients charged with felony offenses in Georgia and provides individualized services tailored to each case.

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Although misdemeanors and traffic offenses are less serious than felony charges and typically result in lesser sentences, they too can lead to serious consequences. If you are facing a misdemeanor charge in the Atlanta area or anywhere in Georgia, you need a strong advocate working on your behalf. Molly Hiland Parmer has handled hundreds of misdemeanors, from domestic violence to marijuana possession to reckless driving, and has a strong record of dismissals and not guilty verdicts at trial.

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Sex offenses are wide-ranging and include an variety of conduct, including sexual assault, aggravated sexual abuse, rape, child molestation, aggravated sodomy, public indecency, pimping, and prostitution. Federal authorities often focus on cases involving the distribution, possession, or production of child pornography, as well as child enticement, human sex trafficking, failure to register as a sex offender, or sex crimes that occur on federal land or involve crossing state lines.

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White collar crime refers to financially motivated, nonviolent crime committed by government professionals, businesses, and individuals in the corporate world. Prosecutors have the power to charge a number of white collar crimes in federal court, including but not limited to: tax fraud, tax evasion, mail fraud, wire fraud, embezzlement, public corruption, health care fraud, securities violations, bank fraud, and mortgage fraud.

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Money laundering involves engaging in financial transactions which are designed to promote or conceal illegal conduct. It is a broad term that encompasses a number of financial dealings, including those through banks or those converted to another form of exchange. To prove money laundering, the government must show that the monetary proceeds are from illegal activities and that the accused knowingly engaged in financial transactions to promote or conceal the fraudulent conduct or illegal activity. If a defendant is unaware of the unlawful activity while engaging in the financial transactions, or does not have the requisite corrupt intent to commit the crime, he or she may have a defense to federal money laundering charges.

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There are a number of ways to defend an impaired driving case. For example, breathalyzers are not 100 percent accurate, which could mean you were not impaired above the legal limit. A skilled lawyer can prove that the results of your exam were not correct and avoid penalties and consequences associated with DUI. An effective attorney will also be able to challenge the results of any Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) you took prior to your arrest. If the officer who arrested you or administered these tests did not follow the proper procedures, there are ways to argue that your case should be thrown out.

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Receiving an affordable bond and being able to prepare for trial from outside the confines of jail is one of the most important parts of criminal proceedings. If you have been arrested and accused of a crime, you need an effective lawyer to argue that you should be released pending the resolution of your case. In federal court, you often will only have one chance to argue for bond before the magistrate court, making a bond hearing an extremely high-stakes proceeding.

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If your child is facing delinquency in juvenile court, or being charged in criminal court as an adult, you need an experienced, dedicated attorney familiar with representing juvenile clients. The consequences of being convicted as a juvenile extend beyond a criminal record: a child who is convicted may fall behind in school or be suspended or expelled, he or she may become ineligible for scholarship opportunities, and may even be placed in state custody for years.

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