When someone is arrested of a crime, they may be charged with a federal crime, as well as a state crime. If you have been charged with a federal crime it is important to contact an experienced federal criminal defense attorney to represent you against charges that may hold serious consequences if convicted. The experienced federal criminal defense attorneys of Moses & Rooth can defend you against the charges and also explain to you why you are being charged with a federal crime.
Most Common Federal Crimes
According to the United States Sentencing Commission, in 2013 82.3% of all federal cases involved the following:
- Drug Crimes – Drugs were associated with 31.2% of all federal cases. The leading drugs were marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine.
- Immigration – Tied with drug crimes are immigration violations that also make up 31.2% of all federal cases.
- Firearm Crimes – Firearm charges were responsible for 10.1% of all federal cases. Many cases involved a convicted felon illegally possessing a firearm or the possession or use of a firearm in connection with a violent crime or drug trafficking. Federal statute 18 U.S.C.922 makes it illegal to import, manufacture, deal firearms, to engage in the business of any of these activities involving firearms, or in the course of such business to ship transport, or receive any firearms in interstate or foreign commerce if unlicensed. The statute also makes it illegal to be an unlicensed importer or manufacturer of ammunition. It is also illegal to engage in the business of importing or manufacturing ammunition, or in the course of such business, to ship, transport, or receive any ammunition in interstate or foreign commerce.
- Fraud – Fraud charges made up 9.8% of all federal cases. Federal fraud crimes can take on many different forms. Fraud can be committed against banks, by possessing false papers, presenting fraudulent checks, falsifying government documents, aggravated identity theft, computer fraud, concealment of assets, email fraud, as well as, many others. Under 18U.S.C1001, a person within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of government that: falsifies, conceals, or covers up, by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact; makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the it contains any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry has committed fraud under federal law and can be sentenced up to eight years in a federal prison.
Other commonly committed federal crimes are non-fraud-related white collar crimes, larceny, and child pornography. Examples of federal non-fraud-related white collar crimes are federal antitrust violations or federal environmental violations.
A federal criminal conviction can hold severe consequences, including prison time in a federal prison. Many crimes committed may hold state, as well as, federal charges, such as drug crimes, firearm crimes, and fraud charges. If you have been charged with a federal crime, contact the experienced federal criminal defense attorneys of Moses & Rooth today for an explanation of the charges and options for your defense.