Money Laundering Attorney
California Federal Defense Lawyer Allen Sawyer
The Law Offices of Allen Sawyer serve clients across California from its Stockton, Sacramento, and San Jose locations. Known for providing aggressive criminal defense for clients facing charges at both state and federal levels, California criminal defense attorney Allen Sawyer is experienced in taking on tough federal prosecutors in complex money laundering cases.
Effective California Money Laundering Defense
Money laundering is a serious federal crime punishable by severe consequences. If you’ve been arrested for money laundering, you’ll need a seasoned federal defense lawyer capable of confronting powerful federal agencies that are keen on securing a conviction. Federal criminal defense attorney Allen Sawyer possesses in-depth knowledge of federal anti-money laundering laws and has experience building effective money laundering defense strategies. Facing allegations of money laundering is serious, and it’s likely that prosecutors with extensive resources have begun a thorough investigation to collect evidence against you. By contacting The Law Offices of Allen Sawyer immediately, your likelihood of achieving a positive result will significantly improve.
What Is Money Laundering?
Money laundering can be defined as an action to fake the legitimacy of illegally obtained money, such as by obscuring its source, disguising its amount, or concealing its destination. Typically employing fraud, embezzlement, drug trafficking, or other criminal activity to unlawfully source the money, people then utilize complex means to conceal it from federal law enforcement agencies, which can involve channeling it through various banks or businesses and implementing complicated financial transactions. The money that is finally withdrawn from what appear to be legitimate accounts appears to be “clean.”
Money laundering is often connected with the following federal crimes:
- Bank and securities fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Drug trafficking
- Tax fraud
- And other crimes
Money Laundering Is a Federal Crime
Federal statutes 18 U.S.C. § 1956 and 18 U.S.C. § 1957 make it a crime to transfer money gained via illegal means through lawful channels in an effort to disguise how the funds were obtained:
- 18 U.S.C. § 1956-This statue defines money laundering as committed by persons who intentionally and knowingly conceal the nature, ownership, location, or source of illegally obtained funds or properties and who conduct or attempt to conduct financial transactions involving said funds or properties or using transport, transfer, or transmission to move such funds or property.
- 18 U.S.C. § 1957– This statue says a person commits money laundering when he or she knowingly conducts or attempts to conduct a monetary transaction involving property gotten by criminal means with a value exceeding $10,000.
Money laundering convictions can result in fines upwards of $500,000 and/or prison sentences up to 20 years.
Defending Against Copyright Infraction Charges
No two federal money laundering cases are the same. You can count on federal criminal defense attorney Allen Sawyer to provide a close analysis of the particulars of your case to develop a specialized defense. It should be remembered that, in money laundering cases, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution. In order to prove that a criminal offense has indeed been committed, federal prosecutors must have sufficient evidence to prove the following beyond a reasonable doubt:
- Intent to commit the crime
- Illegally obtained funds
- Engagement in illegal conduct
Contact an Attorney Now
If you have been charged with money laundering or think you might be investigated in connection with it, do not wait to secure a skilled federal criminal defense attorney who possesses the knowledge and experience to obtain the best result possible. Contact The Law Offices of Allen Sawyer today.