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Law 101: What Constitutes a Federal Crime?

Posted by Seth Chazin | Jul 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

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If you have committed a crime, you have the right to legal representation that fights for you in a court of law. Due to the legal ramifications associated with federal crimes, it's important to understand the difference between them and other forms of criminal offense.

But what is a federal crime? And how exactly is it different from other types of crimes?

Defining a federal crime

Federal crimes are illegal activities defined by United States federal legislation. The country has laws in place that make these offenses illegal throughout the entirety of the nation. As such, prosecution for these crimes will occur at the federal and state levels. This differs from crimes listed under state criminal laws which would only be prosecuted at the state level. Because these crimes are prosecuted at a higher level than state crimes, it's essential that you receive representation from a federal criminal defense lawyer who has experience handling crimes at both the federal and state levels.

What are some examples of federal crimes?

There are a number of federal crimes, the majority of which are listed under Title 18 and Title 26. However, the number of federal crimes are extensive. Here are some of the most common federal crimes offenders in the United States commit:

  • Aggravated assault and battery
  • Aggravated sexual abuse
  • Airplane hijacking
  • Armed robbery
  • Arson
  • Blackmail
  • Child abuse and exploitation
  • Damage to religious property
  • Domestic terrorism
  • Drug smuggling
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Homicide
  • Rape
  • Tax evasion
  • And countless others

For a more complete list, don't hesitate to talk to your federal crime lawyer. 

What does a federal crime lawyer do?

It's the job of a federal crime lawyer to represent you in a court of law. They're also essential in providing legal counsel and reviewing the ins and outs of your case with you. When you're looking for a federal criminal defense lawyer, you need to choose an attorney with plenty of experience in your type of case. For example, if your case pertains to sex crimes, a sex crime attorney will do a better job representing your case than a lawyer with a history of embezzlement cases.

Facing criminal charges can lead to a potentially life-altering conviction. According to a 2013 study, almost 70% of the offenders sentenced for fraud will serve prison time. Get the legal representation you can trust with the Law Offices of Seth P. Chazin. We have more than 30 years of experience in criminal defense. Contact us today for more information.

About the Author

Seth Chazin

Seth P. Chazin has aggressively defended clients in thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases for over 30 years. He has extensive experience representing criminal defendants in federal and state court, while handling both state and federal appeals as well.


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