Public Corruption

Federal Public Corruption Defense Lawyer

Behind terrorism, espionage, and cyber crimes, public corruption is one of the FBI's top investigative priorities. Federal cases of public corruption are prosecuted by the Department of Justice. Our criminal defense lawyers are experienced and well equipped in handling a public corruption case and coming up against the Department of Justice.

When it comes to defending these cases of an individual who is charged with public corruption, usually these individuals are going to be prosecuted by the federal government in the jurisdiction where the case has roots.

In other words, where the case originates from, and usually they are going to put the most sophisticated prosecutors on these cases because obviously these cases involve individuals who work for the government who are in a position of trust and who have likely done something that seriously undermines the integrity of a local, state or federal government.

See related FBI Overview of Public Corruption.

So, obviously anybody who is charged with public corruption and being prosecuted by the Assistant United States Attorney is going to want someone who has experience with these type of crimes, who has been down this road before, who knows how to negotiate them and who knows how to try them, because not all the time do they have the goods or the evidence on the person that's charged. 

Sometimes it is a political reason that a particular person is being charged with public corruption and there's more than meets the eye and just because somebody is being charged doesn't necessarily mean that they're guilty of whatever they're being charged with.

Strategy Meeting With Our Federal Defense Lawyers

So, what we do is we sit down and have a strategy meeting first.  Obviously, under the cloak of the attorney/client privilege and we talk about why you're being charged with a public corruption-type offense.  You have to realize they don't just charge you with public corruption.  They charge a bunch of different offenses.  They have the Hobbs Act under 18 U.S.C. § 1951.

They use all sorts of different U.S. Codes — the RICO Act — in order to charge somebody who they believe is involved with the umbrella crime of public corruption and then they look at the facts and circumstances surrounding that person's arrest – surrounding that person's involvement in what they believe to be illegal activity and that is going to dictate what type of charges they are going to level against them.

A lot of times I've seen charges that just really don't make sense – they don't have the evidence for, and that's when you really have to take the government to task on whether or not they really have the evidence to be able to prosecute somebody for such a serious crime like public corruption. 

So, in that strategy meeting we talk about what the reason is for the prosecution.

We talk about what defenses are available to us.  We also talk about what evidence the government is going to attempt to use in order to prosecute the case to see if we can defend that evidence.

Really, when we are in that meeting, we're looking to see whether or not the government can get a conviction and what our goals are going to be throughout the prosecution and defense of the case.  Once we know what our goals are and once we know what we have to do, then we're going to develop a plan in order to defend you in order to get you the best possible result.

Consultation With The Hedding Law Firm

Pick up the phone now if you're charged in a public corruption-type offense at the federal level.  You can get a personal meeting with me, Ron Hedding.  We'll go over everything.  I've been doing this for twenty-five years and I'm sure I can put the pieces together to give you the best possible defense.

Our federal criminal defense lawyers are knowledgeable when it comes to federal procedures and federal laws. We guarantee our passion and zeal to do everything we can to get you the best possible results if you happen to be charged with public corruption.

Public corruption is a breach of public trust and involves an abuse of position by a federal, state, or local official.

Basically, a government official who asks, demands, solicits, accepts, or agrees to receive anything of value in return for an influenced performance of their duties violates federal law. Penalties for public corruption can result in thousands of dollars and time in federal prison.

If you are being charged with public corruption you definitely need an aggressive and forceful defense attorney to get on board with you. Our law firm is what you are looking for. Our purpose is to defend you and we are here to hear your side of the story. We will utilize every possible defense strategy. We are here to be your advocate. Contact us for a case review.

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