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New York Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

Local Manhattan Defense Attorney Vigorously Defending Your Rights Against Federal Charges

Federal criminal cases are marked by long periods of investigation and harsh sentences. When building a case against you, federal agents have access to extensive resources and tools, from wiretaps to video surveillance to informants. When you are facing the full power of the federal government, you need a way to balance the odds.

The Trainor Law Firm, P.C., in Manhattan can help. Call our law firm today at 212-300-6557 or contact us online by filling out our contact form. Our founder, criminal defense attorney Craig Trainor, will vigorously defend you against federal criminal charges, including:

  • Federal Drug Charges: Protecting your interests in cases involving the possession, sale, trafficking, import and export, of controlled substances
  • Federal Gun Charges: Including illegal possession, sale, purchase, and trafficking of firearms, as well as straw purchases
  • Federal Gang Crime Sentencing Enhancement: Defending you against the underlying offense and the gang affiliation that triggers a 10 year sentence enhancement
  • Drug Kingpin Statute: Defending those accused of participating in the management  of large drug trafficking organizations
  • Racketeering: Including RICO and  VICAR
  • Conspiracy: You may be surprised at how little it takes to be charged with conspiracy.
  • Money Laundering: Utilizing the resources and skill to aggressively defend you in these complex cases
  • Internet Crimes: From computer hacking to Internet frauds and schemes.
  • Internet Sex Crimes:  Including child pornography, sexual exploitation of a child, and sex trafficking.
  • Medicaid and Medicare Fraud: Representing professionals, businesses, and individuals accused of defrauding these government programs
  • Government Investigations: Protecting your interests when a government agent shows an interest in you and your activities
  • White Collar Crimes: Experienced defense of mail and wire fraud,  embezzlement, public corruption, and other charges
  • Human Trafficking: Defending those accused of the sale, trade, or transfer of human beings into low paid labor or the sex trade
  • Illegal Reentry: Representing people who were deported from the U.S. who attempt to reenter the country
  • Homicide and murder: Including conspiracy to commit homicide and attempted murder

Two Types of Federal Cases

  1. Investigative: A federal agency like the FBI, DEA, ATF, or IRS investigates and builds a case against individuals or groups of people or organizations. Wiretaps, undercover agents, informants, and controlled buys of narcotics may be involved. Typically, federal agents do not make an arrest until they have a very solid case against their targets. In these types of cases, you will have more leverage and options before you are indicted. Contact us online or call our office directly if you even suspect you are a person of interest in a federal investigation.
  1. Police-initiated: In these cases, federal agents observe and apprehend someone who is breaking the law. They may make an immediate arrest or employ tactics that may lead to the arrest of others. For example, if U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers find someone carrying cocaine at John F. Kenney International Airport, they may secretly exchange the drugs in the suspect’s luggage with a non-narcotic substance and a tracking device in it. They let the person lead them to the drop place and then arrest everyone there. In these cases, individuals rarely have an opportunity to contact a lawyer before the arrest is made. You still, however, have the chance to follow the first and most important rules below.

Three Rules to Remember

If you are under investigation by a federal law enforcement agency or have already been arrested, it is important to remember:

  1. Be Smart. Request a lawyer. Even if you do not have a lawyer, when you request one, it shuts down the interrogation. Do not speak to police or federal agents without first speaking to a federal criminal defense attorney.
  2. Be proactive. The earlier you contact an attorney, the more options you have available.
  3. Be first. In cases involving more than one person, you have two real choices: fight the case or be the first to make a deal. If a deal is in your best interests, let your attorney make this connection.

Multiple Strategies of Defense

Our legal team will explore all possible defense strategies, including, but not limited to:

  • You did not do it
  • False witness statements
  • Entrapment
  • Exploiting reasonable doubt
  • Alibi defense
  • Mistaken identification
  • Illegal search and seizure violation
  • Flawed procedures in handling, testing, or analyzing evidence

Attorney Craig Trainor will study the facts and devise a strategy that makes sense for you and your specific situation. To discuss your case please call our law firm today at 212-300-6557 or contact us online. We defend clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, and Westchester County.

Mr. Trainor has a unique set of skills and experience that position him
for success in your case


    Attorneys understand that a federal judge clerkship is a highly sought-after position. Mr. Trainor has used this experience to inform his work on behalf of those accused of crimes or harmed by police brutality and misconduct. The federal clerkship gave Mr. Trainor a keen understanding of how to build a winning case in federal court. He understands court procedures inside out and knows what types of arguments and evidence are persuasive.


    Mr. Trainor prosecuted hundreds of cases against people accused of crimes ranging from assault to identity theft to shoplifting to drug dealing. His criminal defense clients benefit from the insider’s perspective he gained in this position.

  • Federal and State Investigations

    Mr. Trainor spent three years focusing exclusively on defense of sophisticated white collar crimes, from public corruption to securities fraud. White collar criminal cases are highly complex and technically challenging. All of Mr. Trainor’s clients benefit from the depth of knowledge he has in financial crimes, investigation, and the use of experts in case development.

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