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Hobbs Act

Understanding the Hobbs Act

The Hobbs Act, a federal law that prohibits robbery, extortion or attempted robbery affecting interstate or foreign commerce, also applies to public officials, who cannot use their authority to extort property. Under the act, people also cannot make threats to others in an effort to acquire property. Any violations of the Hobbs Act are generally reviewed by the FBI.

If you’ve been charged with robbery or extortion and the act affected interstate commerce in some way, you could be facing more severe consequences. For a conviction to take place, the prosecution must show that the defendant used threats or force to obtain property, had intent and that the act affected interstate commerce to some degree.

Consequences of Violations Under the Hobbs Act

Those convicted of crimes against the Hobbs Act could face up to 20 years in prison as well as fines. As experienced Hobbs Act defense attorneys, Owens Criminal Defense can help you strategize your defense and fight your case in an attempt to prove that one of the criteria for violations under the Hobbs Act has not been met, which would potentially de-escalate your case to one with less severe sentencing guidelines.

It’s essential to retain knowledgeable legal counsel for your case if you’ve been accused or have been arrested of robbery, extortion or violations under the Hobbs Act. At Owens Criminal Defense, we will take the time to review all the details of your case and build a strong defense.

Talk to a Hobbs Act Defense Attorney

If you’re facing serious charges and consequences due to violations under the Hobbs Act, the best thing you can do is to talk to a Hobbs Act defense attorney who can help you navigate your case. Contact Owens Criminal Defense to schedule a free consultation with our principal attorney. Call us at (617)-992-1732 or 401-217-8087 or use our online contact form to submit your information and we’ll be in touch soon.

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Prosecutors fight with the weight of the state behind them. They are driven to prosecute. Our team is driven by our clients and their unique lives. Each has a family and a life to protect. We understand and empathize. We are on your side. We will fight the prosecution to the end- We are your fearless advocate.

Our strategy is to seize the initiative from the start, and never relent. What this means for you is that we will demand the government comply with the rules of criminal procedure and respect your constitutional rights. When the government fails to do so, we will file motions and put the government’s non-compliance before a judge. This strategy is what we call aggressive defense. This strategy over the years has proven to keep the government on the defensive and yields extremely favorable results.

We approach each case as if it is going to proceed to trial. This means we investigate the case fully and thoroughly to find all of the errors in the police reports. This is essential to developing our defensive theory. We will visit the alleged crime scene, speak with witnesses, research case law and statutes, file motions and argue the motions to a judge. It is through this process that we develop our theory of the case.

We are skilled and relentless trial attorneys. We have tried dozens of cases to a jury, including several murder cases. We have won Not Guilty verdicts, including Not Guilty in a murder trial where we used a self-defense theory. We will be prepared and ready for war should your case proceed to trial.

Please call us for a free consultation. We travel and fight in all courts. You will speak directly with our lead a attorney, not a legal assistant. We will discuss potential defenses to your case and we will describe how we can work together to achieve the best possible outcome in your case.