Federal Sex Offenses

Certain sex offenses are investigated by the FBI or other agencies and prosecuted in federal court, also known as the United States District Courts. In New York City, there are two federal district courts, the Eastern District (covering Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island) and the Southern District (covering Manhattan, the Bronx and northern suburbs like Westchester).

Practice in federal court is different from state court. The feds bring fewer cases, but they are more serious and often easier to prove because there are tapes or other strong evidence of guilt. Federal crimes typically carry very long maximum penalties and sentences are determined, by and large, by the United States Sentencing Guidelines. An understanding of how the Sentencing Guidelines work is absolutely essential to defending a case in federal court. Federal cases often also involve multiple defendants.

For more information on specific federal crimes, please see our pages on

Child Pornography and Obscenity
People Trafficking

If you have been accused of a sex crime in federal court, you need an attorney with experience in the federal system right away. Please call us at (212) 685-0999 to schedule a free consultation.

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