A federal crime is a criminal act that violates the United States Code or other federal legislation. Federal criminal cases tend to be much more complex in both their scope and reach. Federal crimes and state crimes are completely separate jurisdictions. Federal crimes are investigated by federal law enforcement agencies and are prosecuted by the United States Attorney. Some examples of federal crimes are:
- Drug trafficking
- Narcotics importation
- Money laundering
- Insurance fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Wire fraud
- RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations)
Federal criminal prosecutions involve complex procedures and federal convictions carry serious consequences. Keep in mind that if you are convicted of a federal crime you may face serious penalties, including potentially lengthy prison sentences, heavy fines, or deportation from the United States.
There are three main reasons differences between federal criminal cases and state criminal cases:
- Federal cases tend to be much more complicated and serious than state cases.
- Federal law enforcement is better trained and better equipped than local law
- Federal court has fewer cases than state court and is therefore able to give greater
- focus to each case.
Consulting with an experienced Fort Lauderdale federal criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between freedom and prison. Even if you have not yet been charged or arrested, but you think that you may be, you should contact Mr. Sobel for a free consultation at 954-383-3000.