Federal Crimes: What People Need to Know

When people think about interactions with law enforcement, they are typically associating law enforcement with local officers and local or state crimes. However, some crimes are classified as federal crimes, which means that the federal government has jurisdiction over prosecution. If you have been charged with a federal crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side who will advocate for you and help you to secure the best case outcome possible. At The Law Office of Paul R. Moraski, you can count on us. Reach out today to learn more. 

What Is a Federal Crime and How Does it Differ from a State Crime?

If you have been charged with a federal crime, it’s important to understand the charges you’re facing and how these charges—and the criminal proceedings—will differ from a state crime. 

The main difference between state and federal crimes is that federal crimes are made illegal by United States law, occur on federal property, or involve a federal agency. When a federal crime is committed, the federal government has jurisdiction over the crime. Some common examples of federal crimes include:

  • Identity theft
  • Bank robbery
  • Cybercrimes
  • Counterfeiting
  • Drug offenses
  • Mail fraud
  • Other white-collar crimes

Know that even though a crime may be classified as a federal crime, many federal crimes are actually prosecuted and tried in state courts. 

Penalties for Federal Crimes

The penalties for federal crimes can vary widely depending upon the type of crime and its seriousness, as well as the degree of harm caused by the crime. Generally, however, federal crimes are more serious than state crimes. Penalties for the conviction of a federal crime could include steep fines, years behind bars, revocation of a driver’s license and any professional licenses, and a permanent mark on your criminal record. You should speak with an attorney about your specific case and the crime-specific penalties you may be facing. 

When and Why to Contact an Attorney

If you have been charged with a crime, you may be confused about whether you need to contact an attorney. In fact, if you are innocent, you may assume that hiring an attorney could even harm your case by making you look guilty. The truth is, though, that you should always hire an attorney. Regardless of guilt, working with an attorney is your legal right and a decision that is in your best interests. You should always call an attorney as soon as possible after being arrested, or earlier if you are called in for questioning or otherwise suspect arrest.

Call The Law Office of Paul R. Moraski Today

At The Law Office of Paul R. Moraski, our experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney understands how you are feeling when you are charged with a federal crime. To learn what steps you need to take to protect yourself, call our law office directly today at (978) 397-0011 or request a consultation online.