Federal Defense


Federal Defense Attorney

While the average Ohio defense attorney may be qualified to represent the typical client charged in a state court with "local charges," few attorneys have the expertise to represent individuals who have received the dreaded "target letter" from the United States Attorney's Office or have been indicted or formally charged for a federal offense in the United States District Court. Criminal defense practice in the federal courts requires a significantly different skill set. To defend a client in a criminal prosecution, the defense attorney must be familiar with the United States Criminal Code, the United States Sentencing Guidelines, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence.

The Law Offices of Dennis C. Belli has provided federal criminal defense representation in the United States district courts for the Southern District of Ohio and Northern District of Ohio since 1987. Attorney Belli has defended clients in a wide variety of federal criminal proceedings, including conspiracy cases, controlled substance prosecutions, white collar crime and fraud cases, bank and Hobbs Act robbery prosecutions, and possession and distribution of child pornography cases. He is familiar with the significant differences in state and federal court practice and procedure. He has a good working relationship with federal law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the U.S. Secret Service. the Internal Revenue Service, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. He is well respected by the federal court judiciary and the members of the United States Attorney's Office. If you have received a "target letter" from the United States Attorney's Office or have been named in a federal criminal complaint or indictment, call Attorney Belli immediately at (614) 300-2911 to schedule a no-obligation consultation to discuss your situation.

Our Law Firm Provides Criminal Defense Representation in Cases Involving the Following Types of Federal Charges:

  • Securities Fraud
  • Misprision of a Felony
  • Assaulting a Federal Officer
  • Bribing a Public Official
  • Conspiracy
  • Counterfeiting
  • Forgery
  • Smuggled Goods
  • Escape
  • Arson
  • Extortion
  • Aggravated Identity Theft
  • Cyberstalking
  • Unauthorized Computer Access and Hacking
  • Homicide (First and Second Degree Murder, Voluntary and Involuntary Manslaughter)
  • Interstate Kidnapping
  • Fraud (Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, Bank Fraud, Mortgage Fraud)
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Perjury
  • Theft of Mail
  • Interference with Commerce by Threats or Violence (Hobb's Act Violations)
  • Illegal Gambling Operations
  • Money Laundering
  • Bank Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Receipt and Transportation of Stolen Vehicles and Property
  • Transporting an Individual, Including a Minor, for Prostitution or Other Sexual Activity
  • Income Tax Evasion and Filing a False Income Tax Return
  • Distribution of, and Possession with Intent to Distribute, Controlled Substances
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Possessing, Carrying, Using Firearms During Drug Trafficking Offense or Offense of Violence
  • Armed Career Criminal Violations
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Our Law Firm Provides a Broad Range of Federal Defense Services Including:

  • Target Letter Counseling and Advice (Counseling regarding the decision to negotiate with United States Attorney prior to indictment)
  • Proffer Representation (Preparation and planning for "off-the-record" interview with United States Attorney and case investigators)
  • Pre-Charge Plea Negotiations (The United States Attorney's Office is frequently agreeable to discussing case resolution prior to formal indictment and arrest)
  • Grand Jury Witness Representation (Counsel and advice regarding privilege against self incrimination, whether to testify, presentation of exculpatory evidence)
  • Preliminary Examination Representation (Challenging the existence of probable cause to prosecute)
  • Detention Hearing Representation (Presentation of evidence to justify release pending trial and/or sentencing)
  • Plea Agreement Negotiation and Revisions (Structuring the plea agreement to resolve sentencing guideline issues in client's favor prior to the sentencing hearing)
  • Rule 16 Discovery Demand and Document Review (Examination of the government's evidence and assessment of strength of prosecution's case)
  • Selection and Development of Defense (Entrapment, entrapment by estoppel, outrageous government conduct, public authority and apparent public authority defense, abandonment and renunciation, good faith, selective prosecution, vindictive prosecution, defense of property, self-defense and defense of others,  duress, and necessity)
  • Development and Presentation of Expert Testimony (selection and hiring of expert witnesses to rebut the government's evidence and create reasonable doubt)
  • Trial Preparation and Representation (Jury selection, cross-examination, trial briefs, special jury instructions, closing argument, motions for judgment of acquittal)
  • Post-Verdict Motions (preparation of motions for new trial  and post-verdict judgment of acquittal)
  • Preparation of Defense Sentencing Memorandum (Arguably the most important defense document for a favorable sentence)
  • Direct Appeal (Filing of notice of appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals)
  • Section 2255 Petitions (a companion procedure to the direct appeal for obtaining relief from a guilty verdict or unreasonable sentence)