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Legal strategies for defending federal money laundering charges

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2024 | Criminal Law

Defending against federal money laundering charges requires a strategy approach. With a thorough understanding of the law and meticulous preparation, you can swing the odds in your favor.

Challenge the prosecutor’s evidence

First, you should aim to challenge the prosecution’s evidence. Federal money laundering cases rely on financial records, electronic communications, and witness testimonies. By scrutinizing these elements, you can identify gaps in their case.

Prove lack of intent

Money laundering and racketeering charges require the prosecution to establish that the defendant knowingly engaged in financial transactions with the intent to promote or conceal illegal activity. Demonstrating that the defendant was unaware of the illicit nature of the funds can be a potent defense.

For example, you might showcase evidence of a clean financial history. You can also present evidence of legitimate business activities unrelated to any criminal enterprises.

Negotiate with prosecutors

Negotiating with federal prosecutors is another viable tactic. Plea bargains, while not always desirable, can often lead to reduced charges or lighter sentences. An experienced attorney can negotiate terms to mitigate the impact of a defendant’s life.

Fighting charges in Florida

Florida Statutes Section 896.101 outlines unique provisions and penalties for money laundering crimes in the state of Florida. There are several important definitions that you should understand when dealing with these types of charges.

For instance, “knowing” means that a person knew of an illegal transaction involving more than $10,000 in US currency or foreign equivalent. “Transaction” refers to a purchase, sale, loan, pledge, gift, transfer, delivery, or other disposition.

Becoming familiar with these terms is the first step in mounting a successful defense against money laundering charges in Florida and securing a better outcome.


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