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Handling Complex Federal Charges in California

The skill of a San Diego federal criminal attorney is found not only in the years of practice but most importantly the commitment to pursuing justice for a client. The resources available to a U.S. Attorney in any Federal case is far more than any state crime. The Law Office of George Gedulin defends all types of federal crimes. Admitted to practice in Federal District Courts, George has successfully defended clients facing numerous federal criminal charges ranging from drug trafficking and serious fraud to conspiracy charges.

Federal crime cases involve sophisticated investigations by federal agencies like the FBI, Homeland Security, and the Drug Enforcement Agency. The complex discovery and investigation that an attorney employs in these cases takes years of training and courtroom experience to develop. Our San Diego federal defense lawyer defends the most serious crimes in Federal Court.

Contact us today for a free consultation by calling (858) 281-4605!

Federal Court System Operations

The Federal Court system operates quite differently than the state courts. We have experienced counsel that has navigated a variety of serious federal criminal cases in this system. Most criminal attorneys will never defend a Federal case due to the complexity and training involved. Charges of a federal crime involve the accusation that you have been charged with committing a crime against the United States Government. This charge can involve multiple agencies including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the US Treasury in tax fraud and wire fraud cases. The DEA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection develop drug trafficking cases. The resources and money behind these agencies is enormous so defending a federal criminal trial requires devotion to knowing every detail about a case and the judge who is presiding over it.

Federal Fraud Crimes

Federal fraud cases are the most commonly pursued cases by the Federal Government because of the large monetary interest that federal agencies have in prosecuting money-related crimes. Tax fraud, bank fraud, and wire fraud are among the more serious fraud cases that are filed. Fraud cases in Federal Criminal Court offer unique legal challenges that many lawyers are not equipped to understand or defend. The evidence in these cases is usually tens of thousands of pages and electronic files. Skill and experience to find and examine the most relevant evidence are essential to the defendant’s case.

Any federal fraud case usually arises from submitting information or documents to a financial institution to obtain or transfer money. Fraud cases are especially complex because they often involve many parties to a transaction and often have up to 100 counts of separate criminal acts. A tax fraud case is almost never charged as simply one offense. It is typical for our San Diego federal defense attorney to defend against wire fraud, tax fraud, and bank fraud all in one case.

Fraud in the federal system also relates to healthcare fraud such as cases of illegal or improper Medicare practices. The government devotes millions of dollars to the FBI and other agencies to look for any potential acts of fraud against the government. The increased prosecution of fraud cases that affect taxpayers and consumers is not slowing down. Insurance fraud and corporate fraud on a large scale are cases that the federal prosecutor is always looking to file.

Federal Securities Fraud

Federal securities fraud prosecution is not unique to New York and where the stock exchanges sit. Corporations and their executives can find themselves under federal indictment often for actions they did not know were illegal. Securities fraud brings the weight of federal prosecution of individuals who usually have no criminal history at all. The pressure and fear that comes with being in a federal trial can be overwhelming. Federal securities fraud cases can range from issuing shares without proper registration to more serious offenses. These cases can also find a defendant accused of seeking to defraud investors by falsifying corporate accounting records or even hiding bank information.


Fraud and theft cases involving the taking of money by a trusted employee or company director can be the most complex and trying federal cases. Often evidence of wrongdoing by the head of a company is alleged by someone inside the organization and brought to the FBI. The misuse of corporate funds or even company credit cards can lead to federal criminal fraud charges. Our firm has a track record of strong defense against these life-changing cases.

Fraud charges can bring a sentence of multiple years in prison and millions in restitution payments. Fighting the federal government in court takes tenacity and absolute knowledge of the legal system. Many federal fraud and embezzlement cases get started by the actions of a whistleblower. Federal whistleblower laws give protection to whistleblowers and provide financial gain to successful prosecutions. Detailed investigations and research to how a federal whistleblower case started can be a key defense to many cases.

Mortgage Fraud

With improvements in financial and housing markets, the amount of fraudulent and unlawful mortgage applications has increased dramatically. Federal authorities have special criminal units dedicated to investigating mortgage fraud and fraudulent applications. Mortgage fraud cases have an enormous quantity of paperwork and investigative files. There are usually recordings from confidential informants or FBI agents who have gathered statements from the defendants and others alleged to be involved in a mortgage scheme.

Federal Drug Trafficking Crimes

In Southern California, drug trafficking offenses, especially the importation and trafficking of methamphetamine and cocaine through the U.S. border bring severe penalties. We have successfully dismissed and suppressed significant drug trafficking cases for clients who were facing relentless and unfair prosecution. Drug trafficking involving a federal border are difficult cases to win and call for counsel with experience in court and skills developed over years of practice.

The desire and willingness to explore every defense option and use the right investigators to gather information are how we succeed for our clients. Often border inspections and detentions lead to unlawful detentions and seizures of assets. The protections of the US Constitution and federal law must be used to uphold civil rights, and not simply accepts the allegations of the Government.

Federal Crimes for Identity Theft

Our San Diego federal criminal defense lawyer, George Gedulin, is trained in Federal Cases relating to fraud and identity theft. He has obtained excellent results for many individuals who were indicted and accused of defrauding the United States government of millions through fraud and identity theft schemes. Identity theft crimes like fraud are charged with very basic laws that bring extreme consequences. The unauthorized use of the identifying information of another is viewed by U.S. prosecutors as among the most serious crimes today.

The rise if cyber-crime activity and theft of millions of identities from American retailers have put federal authorities on high alert to charge these serious federal crimes whenever possible. Identity theft and fraud cases are more familiar to Federal Judges than ever. Seeking the advice of experienced defense counsel in these cases is essential to preserving your freedom and avoiding federal custody.

Federal Internet Crimes

Among those Federal crimes relating to the internet are not only identity theft and wire fraud, but also cases relating to sex crimes such as child pornography. The US federal code insists on extreme punishment for those found guilty of possessing or transmitting child pornography. These cases are always handled with extreme care and should always be taken on by attorney’s who are specialized in such work.

Federal Computer Crimes

Federal computer crimes cover a very broad range of activity. Federal criminal charges related to unlawful computer activity can involve hacking, unlawful access to a computer, or selling or trafficking in personal identifying information and passwords. “Cyberstalking” prosecutions have also started to come more frequently from federal prosecutors. Like other federal computer crimes, cyber-stalking involves detailed reports and investigations by law enforcement. Defending serious computer crime cases requires technical know-how and an ability to present difficult concepts to a judge and jury. Relying on an experienced San Diego federal criminal defense lawyer is essential to a successful case result.

Federal Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (CFAA)

The access of information on protected computers is highly scrutinized by the Federal Government. Unlawful use of a computer for unauthorized purposes can bring a federal criminal indictment. The Federal Computer Fraud act brings serious prosecutions that are complicated to defend. Analysis by computer forensic experts is the first start when going against the United States government. The evidence used in federal computer crimes prosecutions is complicated for several reasons. The most important are that even federal judges have little experience dealing with the technical aspects of computing. Evidence showing which IP address or hard drive was accessed and from which server farm is exceptionally difficult to show in court. Experts that know how to present evidence in federal criminal trials is how a case is won.

For proven defense you can rely on, contact us today by calling (858) 281-4605 to speak with our San Diego federal criminal lawyer. With an attorney fluent in Russian, we proudly extend our services to the Russian community in San Diego as well.

Successful Defense Cases

  • 16 Counts, Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor Sentence Reduced, All Other Charges Dropped

    Client charged with multiple sexual assault offenses, facingĀ 16 years in prison. Convicted of One Count of Sex with a Minor, 2 years Jail, All other charges dismissed.

  • 24 Count, Insurance Fraud Conspiracy, Grand Theft in excess of $250,000 Reduced Sentence, Other Charges Dropped

    Client charged as head of conspiracy to present false claims to insurance companies, losses over $250,000. Client facing 22 years in State Prison. Convicted of two counts of insurance fraud, sentenced to 2 years in jail, remaining charges dismissed.

  • Assault with semi-automatic Firearm, Criminal Threat, Domestic Violence Dismissed Charges

    Charges exposed client to 8 years in State Prison and two serious strike felonies. Court dismisses all gun related charges at preliminary hearing, client pleads to domestic violence charge only, no custody.

  • Felony Domestic Violence Arrest All criminal charges dismissed

    After arrest, defense investigation reveals that spouse was aggressor and caused harm to client, all criminal charges dismissed.

  • Felony Gun Possession, Felony Child Abuse Charges Dismissed

    Client charged with felony gun possession and endangering life of a child being in illegal possession of loaded weapons in the home. Potential 6 year Prison sentence. Child endangerment charges dismissed, NO Custody.

  • Possession of 5KG of Methamphetamine while Armed with Loaded Gun Probation and Other Charges Dismissed.

    Client facing 4 counts of possessing large quantity of Methamphetamine for sale and a loaded gun with no serial number. District Attorney offer of 6 years in State Prison. Ultimate resolution was a plea to gun possession only, probation and credit for time served with no additional jail time. All other charges dismissed.

  • Restraining Order, Accusations of Sexual Assault Case Dismissed

    Defense Victory at trial for restraining order, Judge dismissed complaint against client, finding victims allegations and testimony not-credible.

  • Shoplifting from Naval Commissary Case Dismissed

    Case Dismissed, record sealed in Federal Court

  • Welfare Fraud No Custody, Case Dismissed Following Probation

    6 Counts of Fraud by Misrepresentation and Perjury. Possible 4 year prison sentence maximum. Defense negotiated with prosecution for Diversion Program.

  • Marijuana Possession for Sale/Transportation Plea to Simple Possession, Probation and Fines,

    Ā½ pound of Marijuana, $5,000, baggies, scales and Marijuana storage paraphernalia, potential 4 years in jail, Defense argued insufficient evidence to prove sales of Marijuana or Drug Trafficking and filed motion to return all seized property.