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Criminal Defense Basics: What is a Federal Crime?

Criminal Defense Basics: What is a Federal Crime?

Posted By Posted By Parks & Braxton, PA || 22-Feb-2013

In the United States, a federal crime is any offense made illegal by federal legislation (opposed to state legislation.) Criminal cases can be prosecuted in federal or state court. Crimes that are illegal under state legislation are tried in state courts, while federal crimes are tried in federal court. The vast majority of criminal cases are prosecuted under state legislation. Additionally, any crime that occurred on an Indian reservation is considered a federal offense.

Many federal crimes are listed under Title 18 of the United States code. You might assume that most of crimes listed in Title 18 involve white collar crimes, money laundering, arson, counterfeit and other serious offense. In reality, federal crimes include a wide-variety of crimes. For example, Chapter 3 of Title 18 prohibits hunting, fishing, and trapping on wildlife reservations. Child support, civil rights, firearms, false personation, partial-birth abortions, the postal service, privacy, and prison-related crimes are also listed in Tittle 18.

Federal Crimes and Criminal Defense

Have you been accused of a federal crime? Finding the right criminal defense attorney is imperative. If you feel like your case is hopeless and the evidence is stacked against you, a high-quality attorney can make sure that your rights are protected. With a skilled and experienced lawyer fighting for your case, you can have peace of mind knowing that every available resource will be exhausted to give you the best possible chance of a favorable case outcome. If you've been accused of a crime that you know you didn't commit, you may feel professional legal representation is unnecessary. If convicted, you are subject to the same penalties as everyone else. Don't risk your freedom and your future. If you've been accused of a federal crime, contact a Miami-Dade criminal defense attorney from Parks & Braxton today.

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