What is a federal criminal law? A federal offense or federal crime is defined as an act that contradicts the federal legislation. In this context, you have to understand the legislated federal laws to enable you state out the chapters of the act that contributes to violation of the law.
In many countries, criminal law as well as prosecution often happens at both the state and federal levels; therefore a “federal crime” is one, which is prosecuted under the federal criminal law, and not the state’s criminal law. This means that jury will have to listen to presentations of the attorneys with focus on the federal criminal laws.
It also important to note that the federal laws can sometimes differ in terms of wordings, but the jurisprudence under which the laws are legislated in most of the times are the same. As a victim of violation of this law, you need to make sure that you hire lawyers who understand the federal laws as opposed to State laws to increase your chances of winning the cases depending on their arguments in the federal courts.
Numerous federal agencies often have been granted powers of investigating federal offenses. Some of the federal agencies include the Bureau of Tobacco & Alcohol, Explosives, Firearms, and, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, The Immigration & Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service. Others may also be included according to the federal laws.
What are some of the common federal crimes?
The following are the common federal crimes that people often commit according to the federal criminal law:
- aircraft hijacking
- bank robbery
- child pornography
- tax evasion
- art theft from any museum
- destroying or damaging public mailboxes
- immigration offenses
- any other as defined by the federal law