Railroads and other transportation systems that provide transportation to the public are protected under state and federal law. There are strict rules in place to ensure that transportation systems are secure and to protect passengers against crimes that could be damaging and dangerous.
Because there are strict federal laws in place aimed at protecting mass transportation systems, those who are accused of breaking the law in connection with railroads or other public transportation systems could face serious federal criminal charges.
In some cases, defendants could find themselves being prosecuted for criminal offenses that could result in decades of imprisonment.
Fighting against these serious charges is essential, and you need to work with a federal criminal defense lawyer that can provide you with the advice you need to make informed choices. You should choose the right legal strategy from day one of responding to charges, which means being smart about how you answer questions when you’re being investigated and making the right decision about how to plead.
LV Criminal Defense is here for you if you live in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, or surrounding areas. Our experienced legal defense team has represented many clients accused of crimes against railroad carriers and other mass transportation systems. We know the ins-and-outs of the federal laws on mass transit crimes well enough to help clients navigate the criminal justice system and emerge with minimal or no penalties depending on the nature of the evidence.
When getting the best possible outcome is essential to protecting your future, our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team is ready to advocate for you. Give us a call today to find out about the ways in which we can help you to fight charges so you can get the necessary help to maximize the chances of acquittal or end up with a favorable plea agreement.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
Federal criminal laws related to railroad carriers and mass transportation systems are found in 18 US. Code section 97. These laws apply to transportation systems on land, transportation systems on water, and transportation systems that travel through the air.
There are a total of three different statutes found within 18 U.S. Code Chapter 97, but one of those statutes has been repealed so there are only two laws on the books that define federal crimes involving these transportation systems. These laws include the following:
These statutes also make clear that a prosecutor does not have to prove a defendant was motivated to harm any particular person on the transportation vessel in order for a defendant to be convicted of violating laws in 18 U.S. Code Chapter 97.
It is important to understand specifically what a prosecutor would need to prove in order to defend yourself against these serious charges. An attorney can help.
If you have been accused of violating 18 U.S. Code Chapter 97 by entering a railroad to commit a crime or if you have been accused of terrorist attacks or violence against transportation systems, you are at risk of a long prison sentence and a conviction that will derail your future. You need to take the charges against you very seriously, and that means finding a federal criminal defense law firm that you can count on.
LV Criminal Defense is here and ready to help. Our experienced and knowledgeable legal team has worked closely with defendants in California, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, or surrounding areas to fight against charges that arose out of alleged violations of 18 U.S. Code Chapter 97. We understand the laws applicable to crimes involving mass transportation systems and we can help you to develop a smart legal defense strategy aimed at getting you the best outcome in light of the evidence against you.
Defendants facing federal charges have the option to negotiate a plea deal with the government to try to reduce charges. Those who cooperate with government investigators or co-conspirators may be entirely able to avoid criminal penalties. It is also possible to avoid conviction simply by introducing reasonable doubt as to your guilt. The right approach to charges will depend upon the nature of the prosecutor’s case and the defenses available to you, and our experienced legal team will put our knowledge to work to help you choose the approach that is right for your situation.
To find out more about how LV Criminal Defense can help you to respond to federal charges, give us a call today.