Intellectual Property Crimes Lawyer
Intellectual property theft is a serious, complex criminal offense. Most intellectual property theft matters are tried as federal cases. If convicted, individuals face harsher penalties, including imprisonment and criminal fines.
The lawyers of Boyle & Jasari, have extensive experience representing defendants in federal court. If you or a loved one has been charged or is currently being investigated for criminal intellectual property theft, it is important to act quickly. Our intellectual property theft defense lawyers can advise you of the investigation process, possible consequences, and develop a plan to move forward.
Why Choose Boyle & Jasari?
Choosing a criminal defense attorney you can trust is a very personal decision. Serious white collar criminal cases are nonviolent, financially motivated offenses with life-altering consequences. Once accused, you may lose your reputation, wealth, and your freedom.
Attorney Dennis Boyle is an accomplished white-collar criminal defense lawyer with a long track record of complex civil litigation. Federal law is often more complicated than state law and requires an experienced and skilled lawyer. Attorney Dennis Boyle has practiced throughout the United States and internationally, trying over 200 jury trials to verdict.
Largely regarded as an expert in white collar crime, Attorney Dennis Boyle frequently lectures on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Bank Secrecy Act, International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and Anti-Money Laundering at national and international venues.
In our experience, white collar criminal cases are predominately won or lost before trial. As exceptional criminal defense lawyers, our attorneys understand that a thorough investigation and the gathering of critical evidence can persuade state or federal prosecutors to dismiss a case.
Do I Need an Intellectual Property Theft Lawyer?
Cases tried in Federal court have striking differences compared to other courts of law and require an experienced lawyer to guide you through the numerous complexities.
The most significant matter involves your defense attorney. Not all criminal defense lawyers are permitted to practice in Federal court. Your intellectual property theft attorney must be admitted to practice before a federal court and must be admitted to the particular court where you will be facing charges.
Federal prosecutors usually spend more time investigating and screening potential cases, only filing charges when they believe they have sufficient evidence. Your intellectual property theft lawyer needs to be highly knowledgeable in intellectual property theft in order to mount a successful defense.
The presiding judges in federal courts of law are federal magistrate judges who work under US District Judges. Unlike state judges who are elected for a limited number of years, US District Judges are appointed by the President of the United States, confirmed by the Senate, and will serve for life. This element can overwhelm an inexperienced criminal defense attorney, weakening your case. It is crucial your lawyer has litigation experience in front of long-presiding judges for a strong defense.
Bail can also be complex, often requiring the defendant to pretrial release conditions, supervision by an officer of the court, possibly wearing a GPS ankle monitor, and other pretrial services and strict rules imposed by a federal judge.
By far, the most important difference in federal court is sentencing. If you are being investigated for a federal crime or have been charged, there are mandatory minimums and sentencing enhancements that can result in lengthy federal prison terms if convicted. Also, there is no parole in the federal criminal justice system. Your intellectual property theft attorney needs to mount an aggressive criminal defense.
What Is Intellectual Property Theft?
According to the FBI, “intellectual property theft involves robbing people or companies of their ideas, inventions, and creative expressions.” In recent years the FBI has considered intellectual property theft to be a growing threat, especially after the rise of file-sharing networks. As intellectual property theft robs the United States of jobs and, more importantly, billions in tax revenue, the FBI has taken an aggressive stance.
Examples of intellectual property include;
- Copyright infringement, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine
- Pre-release copyright infringement applies to material, like a movie or music, that has not been released to the public and can result in 3 to 8 years in prison and a $250,000 fine
- Counterfeit trademarks can result in up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $2 million
- Counterfeit labeling, sometimes used in visual arts and software, can come with up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine
- Trade secrets, or important aspects of a business to maintain their competitive advantage, can carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison and up to a $5 million fine under the Economic Espionage Act
While there are no federal laws specific to patent infringement, federal prosecutors may bring a host of other criminal charges that include wire fraud, identity theft, and economic espionage.
How Are Intellectual Property Theft Cases Defended?
Our attorneys have a proven track record of success in white collar criminal cases. If you are the subject of a federal investigation or have been charged with intellectual property theft, you need a comprehensive federal criminal defense.
The esteemed staff at Boyle & Jasari, understand that white collar cases focus primarily on intent. In intellectual property theft matters, conviction and the extent of penalties imposed are directly related to the intent for financial gain.
Moreover, critical evidence must be industry-specific and requires a defense attorney knowledgeable in the relevant industries involved. This evidence is often voluminous, sometimes consisting of millions of pages of documentation and terabytes of data. Key details for your defense may be buried. Our attorneys are equipped with the skills and resources necessary to comb through documents for relevant information.