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Category Archives: Federal Criminal Defense


Understanding the First Step Act

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Congress ended 2018 by passing significant criminal justice reform legislation called the First Step Act. It will impact sentencing requirements for federal crimes and offer opportunities to reduce the time behind bars in multiple ways for inmates across the country. President Trump signed the bill into law on Dec. 27, 2018. If you have… Read More »


Defending Against Charges of Bank Fraud

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Attorney Michael Cohen was President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, and he is under federal criminal investigation.  His legal troubles have brought bank fraud to into the public eye. It seems Cohen secured a couple of lines of credit, using real estate to secure the lines of credit.  Questions as to whether or not… Read More »


Obstruction of Justice

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Obstruction of justice has become well-known to the public due to recent questions involving members of the executive branch. Ultimately, anyone who is the subject of an obstruction investigation would be wise to listen to talented legal counsel when it comes to potential charges. What is Obstruction of Justice?  Both a federal and state… Read More »


College Basketball Reels Under Corruption Charges

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Cash bribes. Concealed payments. Quid pro quo deals. Sounds like something from a suspense novel, right? But would you believe that these are all allegations related to college basketball recruitment? That’s right, college basketball is currently under the FBI’s microscope, and the University of Miami’s men’s program is one of the schools getting their… Read More »


Three ways Deception can get you into Trouble

By Deric Zacca, PA |

When news broke that a former Trump campaign advisor pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI, questions began to swirl as the controversy regarding Russian collusion heated up. Unsealed court records indicate that George Papadopoulos was not up front with the FBI about connections with Russian contacts he’d had during the presidential… Read More »


What if I Violate My Federal Probation?

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Probation is typically a part of a sentence and normally follows incarceration. Due to the serious nature of sentencing, the violation of probation can have severe consequences. Recently, the United States Attorney’s office has been paying increased attention to tracking down individuals who have violated their probation. Although by no means an excuse, there… Read More »



By Deric Zacca, PA |

Federal Mail and Wire Fraud Charges in Connection with Purported Jamaican Lottery A 49-year-old Miramar, Florida resident was recently arrested following the return of a federal indictment on two (2) counts of mail fraud and ten (10) counts of wire fraud – in connection with a fraudulent lottery scheme tied to Jamaica. The federal indictment… Read More »


Federal Healthcare Fraud

By Deric Zacca, PA |

A Florida ophthalmologist faces 76 counts of Medicare-related charges, for fraudulent bills totaling $190 million – based on unneeded treatments, filed claims for procedures that were never performed as well as medicine that was never purchased. If convicted, the 62-year-old, currently free on an $18 million bond, faces up to 610 years in prison…. Read More »


Identity Theft

By Deric Zacca, PA |

United States Postal Service Letter Carrier Convicted of Access Device Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft On March 9, 2017, a West Palm Beach USPS letter carrier was convicted at trial of conspiring to commit access device fraud, access device fraud, and five counts of aggravated identity theft.  Sentencing is scheduled for May 19, 2017,… Read More »