Understanding Money Laundering
Money laundering refers to concealing the illegal source of money. The International Monetary Fund estimated in 1996 that 2 to 5% of the global economy was comprised of laundered money. Financial institutions and law enforcement agencies do their best to track down the people responsible for putting this money into circulation. Our legal team will work to protect the accused from false allegations, wrongful prosecution, violation of rights and unfair trial.
With years in prison at stake and one’s personal and professional integrity on the line with a potential conviction, it is important to find a lawyer who is prepared to handle your defense with the goal of minimizing any repercussions of the charge. If you are being investigated for your alleged involvement in concealing illegal income, act immediately to find an experienced federal criminal lawyer to help handle your defense. Contact us for a free consultation.
The Importance of Hiring an Attorney
According to the United States Criminal Code, a single count of money laundering carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and fines reaching up to $500,000 or twice the amount of the money laundered. In addition to these penalties, the defendant also faces penalties for any additional charges that might be related to the laundering, receiving separate charges if the federal prosecutor can prove the defendant also committed the original offense from which the money was obtained (drug dealing, fraud, etc.).
For the best possible defense against these charges, contact an experienced and assertive federal criminal lawyer. Our attorneys are committed to providing high quality defense at a reasonable cost. We offer you a free initial consultation to discuss the charges against you and what options might be available to you. While it might feel like life as you know it will never be the same, this is not the end of the road. Don’t fight federal prosecution alone. Call Federal criminal defense attorney David Benowitz at (202) 600-9900.
For a greater explanation of money laundering laws in Washington DC, you can consult the District of Columbia Official Code. Please visit our federal criminal attorney sites for our offices in Maryland and Virginia to schedule a free consultation or for more information.