San Diego Federal Crimes Attorney

Anton Vialtsin, Esq., E.I., handled over one hundred federal criminal cases from initial client interviews through sentencing. These cases required an in-depth knowledge of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and the Federal Criminal Codes and Rules. Over a dozen of the federal cases he managed involved individuals charged with the importation and distribution of controlled substances all punishable by ten-year minimum mandatory sentence. Considering that the Southern District of California is a border district and one of the busiest in the country, he defended many individuals charged with transportation and harboring of illegal aliens, misuse of a passport, and illegal entry into the United States. Further, he worked on several transportation-of-illegal-aliens cases where the transportation resulted in death, triggering the possibility of the death penalty. These cases required negotiation with AUSAs and hours of witness depositions and interviews. Additionally, he worked on a number of cases involving individuals charged with complex wire and mail fraud violations, aggravated identity theft, and theft of public property.


In the following section, our federal criminal defense attorneys explain common federal crimes and possible defenses to those criminal codes. Please click on the Tabs based on crime’s category, and then select the section.

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-Facing Federal Criminal Prosecution by the United States Government?

The California federal criminal defense lawyers at LAWSTACHE LAW FIRM handle both federal and state criminal cases in all counties and districts of California, Nevada, and Utah. Attorneys Anton Vialtsin and Jeremy Delicino possess the knowledge and experience to handle the full spectrum of criminal charges, from misdemeanors to capital murder cases.

Attorneys at LAWSTACHE LAW FIRM routinely represent clients facing federal criminal charges. The basic difference between federal and state criminal offenses is that a federal offense violates federal law and a state offense violates state law. In some cases, however, federal and state laws cover the same area of criminal law. If state law contradicts federal law, the federal law generally trumps the state law in the interest of the national welfare. In other areas of criminal law, the federal government has exclusive power to regulate, enforce, and prosecute alleged crimes. The federal government has exclusive power to prosecute crimes involving interstate commerce, national security, and federal programs. For example, most white collar crimes, such as credit card fraud, tax evasion, and welfare fraud, are prosecuted in federal courts.

Compared to the California State Courts, the federal government vested a lot of power in Federal judges. In the federal system, the sentencing guidelines estimate the amount of prison time an individual is likely to do for a crime. These guidelines are only advisory, not mandatory on the judiciary. This means that a judge does not have to follow the sentencing guidelines. Aside from trial and/or plea negotiations, the sentencing hearing often becomes a crucial moment in the defendant’s life.

If you or your loved one is facing criminal prosecution in the 9th Circuit District Federal Court or any other federal court, please call our office. Our attorneys understand the federal criminal system and are well-versed in the defense strategies that work to dismantle prosecution theories.


If you have been charged in San Diego federal court, contact LAWSTACHE™ LAW FIRM. Attorneys Anton Vialtsin and Jeremy Delicino have experience protecting those accused of federal and California crimes. Our office is conveniently located in downtown San Diego. You can reach our office by calling (619) 357-6677.

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