If you are accused of a crime, one of your primary concerns should be how to defend yourself and get out of trouble. To this end, it helps to start off by understanding whether your crime falls under the local, state or federal level.
A crime is considered a federal offense when it violates national laws or a number of state laws. Of course, all crimes come with consequences upon a conviction. However, federal crimes tend to attract far more severe consequences than local and state crimes.
Here are three crimes that are considered federal offenses.
Most severe crimes that cause serious damage are often litigated in a federal court. These include aggravated crimes. When convicted, the penalty for such crimes usually includes incarceration at the federal prison. Examples of aggravated crimes may include aggravated assault, battery, sexual abuse or identity theft.
Crimes against the United States government
Any crime against the U.S. government is automatically charged in the federal court. Examples of these crimes include hacking into a federally owned computer network, money laundering or stealing a federal worker’s identity. A person can also be charged at the federal court for advocating for the destabilization of the overthrow of the government. Depending on the nature of the offense, the convict may face life in prison.
Crimes of terrorism
All acts of terrorism are prosecuted in the federal court. Acts of terrorism may include causing serious bodily harm to a group of people, using aircraft to cause destruction or illegal use of force to intimidate the government or people with the goal of advancing a political cause. Like with other federal crimes, a conviction for terrorism and terror-related activity will result in incarceration in the federal prison.
If you are facing a federal charge, it is in your best interest that you explore your defense options as soon as possible. Knowing your rights and defense options can increase your chances of having a favorable outcome in your case.