Federal Criminal Lawyer

As your federal criminal defense lawyer in San Francisco, my statutory and practical knowledge of the criminal justice system and long-standing relationships with the judges and prosecutors give me the ability to get the best deals in the courthouse.

Why You Need a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer


Whether you are under criminal investigation, received a subpoena compelling your testimony at the grand jury, or you’ve been indicted with a crime, you probably feel terrified and don’t know what to expect. Your life hangs in the balance of a criminal justice system that does not always treat defendants fairly. In any criminal case, it is critical to work with a skilled attorney to protect your rights and help you navigate the criminal justice system.

The need for an experienced criminal defense attorney becomes even more pressing when facing federal criminal charges, which are treated much more severely than charges at the state level. As well, potential penalties for federal crimes are harsher than the penalties for crimes at the state level. A conviction — or even mere charges— could impact your career and personal reputation. In this dire time, you must work with a defense attorney who understands federal criminal law in order to position you to receive the best possible outcome in your case.

I am San Francisco defense attorney Valery Nechay, founder of the Law Office of Valery Nechay. I have been admitted to practice federal law and have successfully represented numerous clients in federal court. I have obtained favorable results such as dropped charges, reduced sentences, diversion resulting in dismissals, and not-guilty verdicts. If you are facing federal crime charges in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am prepared to take on your case and secure the best possible outcome for your rights, freedom, and future.

Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Practice Areas


A federal criminal offense is an offense that is illegal under federal law. Federal crimes are generally ones that cross state lines or are committed on federal property. When an individual is charged with such offense, they will be prosecuted in federal court instead of in regional or state courts.

Overall, crime becomes a federal offense if it meets one or more of these criteria:

  • Federal legislation prohibits it
  • The crime involved travel across state lines
  • The crime took place on federal property
  • There is a federal interest, such as national security, at stake

As a trusted criminal lawyer, I have experience defending clients in the Bay Area against federal charges of the utmost severity, including:

  • Drug trafficking
  • Federal tax evasion
  • Mail fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Computer crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Extortion
  • Embezzlement

Some crimes can be prosecuted at both the state and federal level. Therefore, when facing federal charges it is important to work with an attorney who is experienced and fluent in both federal and state court procedures. When defending clients accused of federal crimes, I assess the facts and let them know what the best course of action is. When you work with me, I exhaustively evaluate every detail and create a customized strategy. Instead of relying on run-of-the-mill methods, I use innovative techniques designed to suit your needs. This gives us a better chance of obtaining the best results available in your particular case.

Top Federal Lawyers Near Me


My statutory and practical knowledge of the criminal justice system and long-standing relationships with the judges and prosecutors help me to negotiate favorable deals for clients. In every case, my goal is to get the charges against you dismissed completely. Even if this is not possible, I work to obtain positive results like reduced charges, mitigated sentences, or acquittals.

At the Law Office of Valery Nechay, I believe that everyone deserves a dedicated legal advocate. Whether you are a blue-collar worker or own a Silicon Valley startup, I will fight tirelessly to defend your rights. If you face federal crime charges, I have the experience, knowledge, and tenacity to represent you every step of the way.

Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer in San Francisco Bay Area


Cases involving federal crimes may also involve federal agents who spend months — sometimes years — carefully gathering evidence against suspects. If you believe you are under investigation, do not wait until federal law enforcement charges you with a crime in the form of an “indictment.”  Act quickly — contact my office, and I will work swiftly to protect you.

My office provides free initial consultations during which we can discuss your case and background. This discussion will enable me to evaluate your case, provide straightforward advice, and begin building your defense. I can give you realistic expectations of the outcome and elaborate on the steps we can take to protect your future.

To schedule your consultation, call 650-761-0148 or contact me online today.

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If you are under investigation or charged with a crime, I will consult with you in person and at no charge to you.