Crimes are typically prosecuted at the local, state, or federal level. If you are facing federal charges, you are facing severe penalties. Not only this, but you will have to defend yourself against major government agencies. Let’s go over what crimes are considered federal offenses and what you should do after being charged.
What Makes Something a Federal Crime?
There are a few instances in which a crime could be charged as a federal offense.
Breaking Federal Laws
If you committed an offense that breaks federal law, you will be charged with a federal offense.
Cases that fall under federal jurisdiction include:
- White-collar crimes, like tax fraud or embezzlement;
- Child pornography;
- RICO violations; and,
Numerous federal organizations and task forces are designated to investigate and prosecute these types of offenses, such as the DEA, FBI, and CIA.
In some cases, you may face state and federal charges concurrently.
Location of the Offense
In some cases, crimes that would be charged at the state level are charged as federal crimes due to the location of the offense.
Any crime that occurs when crossing state lines can be charged as a federal offense. This means that something like a drug charge could become a federal crime. For this reason, it’s important to always be aware of what others bring into your car if you’re planning to cross state borders!
If two different crimes occur in two different states, however, the charges will remain separate and stay at the state level.
Additionally, crimes that occur on federal lands, like national parks, are federal offenses.
Florida Federal Criminal Defense
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Miami federal crimes attorneys understand the severity of criminal charges. We are also well aware of the commitment and determination it takes to go up against federal law enforcement. We have a deep understanding of the federal judicial system and can provide you with an aggressive defense. Call us today at (305) 330-1360 to schedule a free case consultation and learn about how we can help you.