Federal Crimes

Federal crimes can easily result in heavy fines, lengthy prison sentences, and possibly even the death penalty. Federal offenses are aggressively investigated and prosecuted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and federal prosecutors. If your property is considered evidence, it can be confiscated. If you are convicted of certain federal drug crimes, you will face a severe and mandatory minimum sentence.

A federal crime is defined as any criminal offense that is deemed illegal by the United States federal legislation (as opposed to state legislation and state laws) which are outlined in the federal laws. In addition, any crime that is committed on US federal property is also considered to be a federal offense. Some examples of federal crimes include:

  • Kidnapping
  • Tax evasion
  • Social Security Fraud
  • Interstate drug trafficking
  • Counterfeiting
  • Mail Fraud utilizing the United States Postal Services (USPS)
  • Damaging or destroying mailboxes
  • Wire Fraud

If you have been accused of or are under investigation for a federal crime, the FBI may have already built extensive evidence against you, over previous weeks or months. Federal crimes often carry far more severe consequences than similar offenses prosecuted in state courts. Also, if you are sentenced to federal prison, you may be sent to a facility much farther away from your home than a defendant sentenced to state prison. For these reasons and many more it is important to not rely of legal aid, but the legal advice of a competent lawyer who understands the all the court proceedings involved with a federal case.