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Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers in Salinas

Aggressively Defending You against Serious Charges

Committing any crime which violates United States federal law can be considered and prosecuted as a federal crime. Federal crimes are among the most serious and carry severe penalties for a conviction. While most crimes, such as rape, assault, and theft, are state crimes, federal crimes are usually tied to a national issue, such as interstate drug trafficking, federal tax fraud, child pornography, and others.

Federal crimes that we have extensive experience with include:

  • Forgery
  • Tax evasion
  • RICO charges
  • Identity theft
  • Drug trafficking
  • All types of fraud
  • Money laundering
  • Child pornography

Since federal crimes directly affect topics of national concern, they are, naturally, prosecuted more harshly and taken more seriously than state crimes. As such, the maximum punishments for federal crimes are much higher than the maximum punishments for state crimes. Also, federal prosecutors and judges have far less discretion to negotiate plea bargains and exercise lenient sentencing than their state counterparts. Therefore, it is in your best interests to retain an experienced federal criminal defense attorney in Salinas to protect your rights and fight for your freedom.

Call Law Offices of William V. Pernik today at (831) 269-5353 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our federal criminal defense attorneys in Salinas.

Federal Sentencing Guidelines

The United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines were established with the intention of providing federal judges with set sentencing ranges for criminal offenders. Based on numerous factors – such as the nature and circumstances of the crime, as well as the criminal history and characteristics of the alleged offender – the judge will use the guidelines to help determine the alleged offender’s punishment. There are 43 levels of offenses laid out in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines and 6 categories of criminal history, which are based on the number and recency of past offenses. A higher level of offense indicates more severe penalties.

Once a base level of offense is determined, the end offense level will be reached by taking into account numerous factors such as if a weapon was used in the commission of the crime, if great bodily harm was inflicted, or if pictures or videos were used in a child pornography case. However, a judge may lower the final offense level if the alleged offender accepts their responsibility. For example, if the defendant made restitution prior to a guilty verdict, pled guilty, or truthfully admitted their role in the crime, their offense may be decreased by two levels, thereby receiving more lenient penalties. A skilled federal criminal defense attorney in Salinas will have a comprehensive understanding of these sentencing guidelines and use this knowledge to their clients’ benefit.

Call our experienced federal criminal defense lawyers in Salinas today at (831) 269-5353 and schedule a free consultation.

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  • “I felt like he understood the stress me and my family were going through and held our hand through the process”

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  • “You will not regret hiring him as your legal counsel. I honestly, cannot thank him enough for his dedication, hard work, and patience with my case that lasted over 18 months”

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  • “Not only did he fight for the best outcome for me, but he also was available to answer my questions 24-7. I felt very protected and calm when Mr. Pernik would enter the court room”

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  • “William was very friendly and checked on the status of my file for free.”

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  • “They took care of me all the way through my conviction, he was even able to extend my surrender date without any hesitations.”

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  • “If you are smart enough to find William and pick him for your attorney, the outcome will be the best you could possibly hope for.”

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  • “Mr. William Pernik is extremely intelligent and caring with his clients. Not a very easy combination to find in a lawyer. He looks at all the options for the best possible fair and just outcome in a case.”


  • “William stood out as the most honest, hard working and compassionate.”


  • “Roland listened to me, asked appropriate questions and provided me with the information that I needed in order to make an informed decision.”

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  • “I was fighting a DUI prison case. Those cases are usually very black and white for judges. Mr. Pernik guided me in the right direction so my case turned out very beneficial for me. His statements are very well put together.”

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  • “Mr. Pernik really took the time to know me personally he understood my situation. He genuinely wanted to help me during a difficult time in my life. He fought for me in court to modify my sentence.”

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  • “Mr. Pernik has so much compassion for his clients, his integrity is beyond approach.”

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  • “I found myself in a very tough situation and Mr. Pernik first of all was straight forward with me he was honest and all around very knowledgeable on what to do in regards to my case. He offered me peace of mind and got me through a very tough stage”