Federal Crime Lawyer in Philadelphia

Anyone charged with a federal crime faces a fierce opponent: the might and resources of the United States government. When lives and property are at stake, clients need a fierce defender on their side of the courtroom. Hope Lefeber is well-known, by lawyers and judges in the federal courts, for her extensive knowledge of federal criminal law and her meticulous attention to every detail.

Hope Lefeber has practiced federal criminal defense for more than 30 years. She has been consistently honored as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association, and as one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Pennsylvania by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Ms. Lefeber has represented high-profile clients, published numerous articles, lectured on federal criminal law issues and appeared on TV News as a legal expert. Based in Philadelphia, she represents clients in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties and all federal courts, nationwide.

In Ms. Lefeber's words:

As a federal criminal defense attorney, my one and only goal is to protect you, the citizens of the United States, from prosecution by the federal government. If you are being investigated or have been charged or convicted of a crime and are looking for a tough defense attorney to help you achieve the best outcome, I should be your first call.

Committed to keeping the government out of the lives of the people, Ms. Lefeber vigorously opposes overreaching prosecution by the government. She vehemently defends each of her clients with passion and dedication, bringing skill, experience and unparalleled focus to every defense.

Over the past three decades as a practicing lawyer, Ms. Lefeber has gained unrivaled expertise in federal law, trial, and appellate proceedings. She began her career as a United States Securities and Exchange Commission attorney, learning first-hand how federal prosecution works. Today, she uses that insight and knowledge to defend her clients against the government.

Defense Against Federal Criminal Charges

The U.S. Constitution provides for fair and equal treatment for all individuals under the law, but these rights are often violated when police and prosecutors attempt to obtain information through improper or illegal means. Ms. Lefeber holds the government accountable for its methods. Her sole focus is protecting her clients. In doing so, she affords them the most experienced and conscientious legal representation possible. Common charges that Ms. Lefeber successfully defends involve a wide range of federal crimes, including white-collar offenses and drug charges.

When you face federal charges, there may be dozens of people working to secure a conviction against you. You need an attorney who will do everything within the scope of the law to protect your rights. From the inception of your case to its conclusion, Ms. Lefeber fights hard to protect your rights and your freedom, regardless of the charges you face.

Once Ms. Lefeber is retained as your criminal defense lawyer, her attention to detail goes into overdrive. She carefully analyzes the context and facts of the alleged crime with investigators and forensic experts and evaluates each piece of evidence. She determines which facts are most favorable to your defense and finds inconsistencies in the prosecution's theory of the case.

Armed with a strong defense, she is then ready to proceed with the solution that best suits your needs — whether that is a trial, a plea agreement or some alternative resolution. No two criminal defense cases and no two clients are the same. Some clients want to take cases to trial, while others may want to work out a deal without ever stepping foot in a courtroom. As your criminal defense attorney, Ms. Lefeber is your advocate. She will always act in your best interest to achieve an outcome with which you are satisfied. A good criminal defense is based not only on facts but also considers all possible outcomes for the defendant. By weighing the liabilities in each case and considering what is at stake, Ms. Lefeber can create personalized and innovative solutions for your case, achieving an outcome that cuts your losses and suits your needs.

Being accused of a federal offense can be a frightening experience unless you are represented by competent counsel who knows the system and can fight to protect your rights. To seek representation by an experienced defense attorney, contact the Philadelphia law office of Hope Lefeber by calling 610-668-7927. Your first consultation is free and confidential.


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