Metro Detroit Based
Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys

The attorneys at the Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan have successfully represented individuals in State and Federal courts throughout Michigan and the United States.

Attorney Sanford A. Shulman has handled over 4000 cases including cases deemed complex by federal judges.

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Have You Ever Won A Federal Trial?

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Attorney Sanford A. Schulman has filed or appeared in federal court over 5000 times.

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Attorney Sanford A. Schulman has had two cases granted writs by the US Supreme court and one was a 9-0 decision in his favor

How Federal Criminal Attorneys
of Michigan Can Help

If you are under a federal criminal investigation, you need the powerful representation our firm provides. We know our way around the federal courts and have an impressive track record of success. You can depend on our federal criminal attorneys to handle the details. We will:

  • Conduct a thorough investigation
  • Assess the prosecution’s evidence (e.g. financial statements, documents, emails, surveillance)
  • Identify and interview witnesses
  • Expose weaknesses in the government’s case against you
  • Collaborate with forensic, ballistics, and investigative experts to build a strong case

Our trial-ready preparedness will give you an advantage during plea negotiations and in court.

Being convicted of a federal crime can be life-altering. Faced with potential imprisonment, fines, and collateral damage to your reputation, you need a skilled federal criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. That’s where Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan can assist you. We have extensive experience defending clients against federal crimes in Michigan and around the country.

Backed by decades of experience, we have an impressive track record of success in the most complex cases. When you meet with us, we will explain the charges against you, and plan an effective defense strategy. Trust us to provide first-rate legal representation through all aspects of the justice system. Contact our Detroit office today for a consultation.

The Experienced Choice for Federal Criminal Defense in Michigan

Because federal prosecutors have an unfair advantage over defendants, you need an attorney who can level the playing field and fight back. At Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan, we handle the toughest cases:

  • ConspiracyFederal conspiracy involves two or more people acting in concert to commit an offense against or defraud the United States. 
  • Drug crimesFederal drug crimes range from misdemeanor drug possession to more serious drug trafficking and manufacturing charges classified as felonies.
  • Fraud – We regularly defend clients against federal fraud charges: bank fraud, securities fraud, healthcare fraud, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud.
  • Theft –  The most common federal theft crimes include failing to deposit money, misuse of public funds (embezzlement), theft of public property, and theft of property during interstate commerce.
  • Internet crimes – Federal prosecutors are focusing more on crimes conducted over the Internet, including identity theft, hacking, phishing scams, and child pornography.
  • Firearms and weapons charges – Our firm handles federal firearms offenses ranging from possession to use, to distribution and sale of firearms or other deadly weapons, often charged as felonies.
  • Racketeering (RICO) Violations – Racketeering occurs when organized groups take part in illegal business dealings (“rackets”) to commit crimes (e.g. bribery, fraud, extortion). Federal racketeering charges fall under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
  • Violent crimes – The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program defines violent crimes as offenses involving force or threat of force – murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
  • White-collar crimes – These are nonviolent, financially motivated offenses that involve elements of deceit, concealment, and violation of trust, such as embezzlement, fraud, and money laundering.
No matter the charges, we will leverage our skills and resources to protect your rights, freedom, and future.
Potential Defenses Against Federal Charges

Defending against federal crimes requires a thorough understanding of the law, the ability to scrutinize evidence, and the skill to craft compelling legal arguments. You can depend on us to explore all potential defenses.

Insufficient Evidence

One of the most effective defenses against federal crimes is to challenge the prosecution’s evidence. This requires scrutinizing the evidence collected by law enforcement to determine if it is reliable, admissible, and sufficient to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. By questioning the validity of the evidence, we can undermine the prosecution’s case and potentially obtain a dismissal or reduction in charges.

Lack of Intent or Knowledge

In many federal crimes, the prosecution must establish that the defendant acted with intent or knowledge of the illegal activity. Depending on the circumstances, we can demonstrate that you (1) lacked the necessary intent to commit the crime or (2) did not know or lacked the capacity to know you were engaging in a crime. Challenging intent or knowledge can be complex, requiring us to present a compelling case.

Mistaken Identity

Mistaken identity is another potential defense in federal criminal cases. We can raise reasonable doubts about the perpetrator’s identity by:

  • Presenting alibi witnesses
  • Challenging eyewitness testimony
  • Arguing that the identification procedures used were flawed

By presenting alternative narratives and casting doubt on the prosecution’s version of events, our attorneys can effectively counter the charges against you.

Violation of Constitutional Rights

Our federal criminal defense attorneys will determine whether your constitutional rights were violated during the investigation, arrest, or trial process. Common violations include:

  • Unlawful search and seizure
  • Miranda rights violation
  • Coerced confessions

We will file a motion to suppress evidence or seek a dismissal if constitutional violations occurred.

Why Choose Us?

When faced with a serious federal or state crime, what matters most is choosing an experienced attorney who is respected and has a stellar reputation. The attorneys at the Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan have successfully represented individuals in state and federal courts throughout Michigan and the United States. Lead attorney Sanford A. Schulman has handled over 4000 cases including cases deemed complex by federal judges.

You can depend on us to mount an aggressive defense. Because every case is unique, we will provide tailored legal advice and work strategically to achieve a favorable outcome. Although we are well-equipped to try your case, we will advise on your best options. In the event of a conviction, we will determine whether you have grounds for an appeal. Above all, we will put your best interests first and stand by you every step of the way.

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Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan is the law firm of choice if you are facing federal charges. When you become our client, you will be confident with our federal criminal attorneys handling your case. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can start working on your defense.