Experienced Orlando Federal Crimes Attorney

Determined representation for a variety of serious offenses

When federal authorities suspect criminal activity, they draw on the full resources of the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate and pursue a conviction. If you are facing a federal probe and hope for any chance of a positive outcome, you need legal counsel with the knowledge and experience to provide a robust defense. For more than 25 years, The Law Offices of Tad A. Yates, P.A. has defended clients charged with federal crimes, such as drug trafficking, child pornography and fraud. Mr. Yates has a proven record of success in federal criminal defense and is ready to put his skills to work for you.

What constitutes a federal crime

Most criminal prosecutions arise under state law, but federal charges can be brought where a crime involves interstate activity, occurs on federal property, is against federal employees performing their duties or violates the U.S. constitution or a federal statute or regulation. Federal law can criminalize activity that is also prohibited at the state level, which can mean facing charges and penalties in two courts. That is an even greater incentive to hire the best attorney possible for your defense.

Controlled substances are an area of law enforcement where state and federal authorities work in tandem. A federal statute, 21 U.S. Code § 812, include schedules that categorize controlled substances based on their potential risk of harm and abuse. Florida Statutes §893 adopts these same schedules. Federal authorities generally cede smaller cases of possession and sale of certain drugs to the state government while they go aggressively after larger-scale traffickers of such drugs as cocaine, methamphetamine, Oxycodone and fentanyl. Penalties for trafficking of these drugs depend on the amounts involved but can be a minimum of 10 years in prison and a $10 million fine for a first offense.

Internet child pornography charged as a federal crime

All across the nation, special task forces of the FBI are working with local law enforcement to uncover networks that produce and exchange child pornography over the Internet or by other means. Charges and penalties that an individual could face include:

  • Producing child pornography — 18 U.S.C. § 2251 provides for fines and a statutory minimum of 15 years to 30 years maximum in prison for a first offense.
  • Transporting child pornography in interstate commerce — 18 U.S.C. § 2252 provides for fines and a statutory minimum of five years to 20 years maximum in prison for a first offense.

If an offender has a prior conviction, the penalties are even harsher. Enhanced penalties also apply if the images are violent, sadistic, or masochistic or if a minor was sexually abused. In addition, inmates convicted of sexual crimes against children do not fare well in general prison populations.

Even the mere suspicion of child pornography can be ruinous to a person’s life. For charges like these, your attorney must not only possess legal skill, but he or she must know how to handle cases with the utmost discretion.

White collar crimes charged as federal offenses

White collar crime generally involves diverting money and other property from their rightful owners by nonviolent means: typically fraud and embezzlement. The federal courts have jurisdiction over specific types of white collar crime, such as bank fraud, insurance fraud, money laundering, securities fraud, mortgage fraud and Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Because of the level of sophistication of the alleged schemes, white collar crime prosecutions are complex and multifaceted, often involving vast amounts of evidence and specialized testimony. Mr. Yates takes painstaking care with your case to challenge the prosecution point by point. The earlier a criminal defense attorney is retained in a white collar investigation, the better the changes of resolving the case before charges are filed.

Contact a proven federal criminal law attorney in Orlando for a consultation

Federal criminal charges require skill and experience to combat. As soon as you are aware of any investigation or charges against you, call The Law Offices of Tad A. Yates, P.A. at 407-608-7777 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

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Mr. Yates is a past-President of the Orange County Bar Association and the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association. He previously served as Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 9th Judicial Circuit. 

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  • When I met Tad Yates, I was frantic, scared and misinformed about the legalities of my case. He quickly reassured me that everything was going to be alright and started at once preparing my defense. Every time I needed to speak with him, he was there to give advice and inform me the status of my case. As a result of his hard work, he managed to get my case dismissed and this blemish off my record. If you’re thinking of hiring or consulting with Mr. Yates, your in great hands.

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  • After consulting with several different highly recommended lawyers, I decided to hire Tad. It was a decision that would truly effect my life in a very profound way. Tad never promised results, he did however layout his experience and give me his word he would put all his effort into my case. I felt that was the honesty I deserved. He was sincere, honest, and reliable. Every time we attended court he seemed to hold a very good relationship with all the court's people. My case with Tad lasted about 9 months. There were many times I wanted to break down, not knowing what the results would ultimately be; however Tad always personalized my case and would constantly provide me with assurance of his efforts. He was always extremely accessible. This gave me a lot of peace. The results of my case ended up being extremely satisfying. I was looking at losing everything, for good. I now have my peace, my freedom, and I am currently very successful. Even after my case, Tad kept tabs with me and ensured I was doing as I should. There is a handful of people God put in my life of whom helped me get to the next level, there is no denying Tad is one of them.

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  • When I met Tad Yates, I was frantic, scared and misinformed about the legalities of my case. He quickly reassured me that everything was going to be alright and started at once preparing my defense. Every time I needed to speak with him, he was there to give advice and inform me the status of my case. As a result of his hard work, he managed to get my case dismissed and this blemish off my record. If you’re thinking of hiring or consulting with Mr. Yates, your in great hands.- A.

    I was referred to Tad by a friend of the family. They told me what he did for them and assured me that he would do the same for me. He exceeded my expectations from start to finish. He used his knowledge of the law, professionalism and relationship skills to have my case completely dropped. No plea deals what so ever. He never once doubted me however he did explain exactly what we had to overcome. If you find yourself in a situation that could impact you for the rest of your life, whether you did anything wrong or not I would encourage you to give him a call.

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    Tad Yates is an experienced and knowledgeable attorney

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