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What Are The Penalties For Federal Crimes?

Being charged with a federal crime is serious. Government entities thoroughly investigate alleged offenses, and a U.S. Attorney will be aggressive in their fight to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

One of the main differences between state and federal crimes is where the offense occurs. A state crime is one that happens within the state's borders.

In contrast, a federal crime occurs when:

  • An offense happens on federal land.

  • Conduct crosses state lines, or an offense affects people in multiple states.

  • The defendant crosses state lines.

  • The conduct violates immigration laws.

  • In some cases, an offense can be pursued as both a state and a federal crime.


Suppose you're convicted of a federal offense. In that case, the course of your life can be substantially altered with penalties, including lengthy prison time and fines that can range from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars. Here are some common federal crimes and associated penalties:

Drug trafficking: 5 - 40 years in prison and up to $10,000 - $5,000,000 in fines.

Health Care Fraud: 10 - 20 years in prison. Potential fines depending on the case.

Identity theft: Can be up to 30 years in prison.

Mail Or Wire Fraud: Potentially up to 20 years in prison.

Money Laundering: Up to 20 years in prison. Up to $500,000 in fines.

Tax evasion: Up to 5 years in prison and or $500,000 in fines.

Next Steps

If you are facing federal charges, we may be able to help. Here at Hager & Schwartz, P.A., we have the skills, experience, and determination to help get you a favorable outcome for your case.

We have handled countless criminal defense cases and know how to navigate the legal system. When you need someone you can trust to help defend your rights and freedom, rest assured Hager & Schwartz, P.A. is here for you. You can reach us at (305) 330-1360 or contact us through our website today.