WHAT MAKES A CRIME A FEDERAL OFFENSE?
In order for crime to be treated as a federal offense, there must be some authority in the United States Constitution to support federal charges. While most of the crimes committed in the U.S. fall into state jurisdiction, there are some crimes that can be charged under the jurisdiction of the federal government.
For example, if a crime is committed in Nebraska, but the law broken is a federal offense, the jurisdiction falls to the federal government. Cases like these are usually handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and are prosecuted in federal courts.
The federal government has jurisdiction over the following crimes:
When criminal conduct crosses state lines;
- Crimes that take place on federal land or involve federal employees; and
- Crimes where the defendant crosses state lines.
Most federal crimes can be found under Title 18 of the United States Code.
Many people assume that all federal charges are harsher than state charges, however, this isn’t necessarily true. The severity of the offense determines if it will be treated a misdemeanor or a felony. Examples of federal offenses include:
- Bank Robbery
- Immigration Violations
- Murder Committed on Federal Land
- Computer Crimes
- Drug Trafficking
- Identity Theft
- International Money Laundering
- Credit Card & ATM Fraud
- Organized Crime
- Public Corruption
- Intellectual Property Violations
- White Collar Crimes
HIRING A DEFENSE ATTORNEY
If you are facing criminal or federal charges, you have the option to immediately consult with an experienced attorney. A skilled lawyer can assess your case and explain what your legal options are. More importantly, having a lawyer by your side increases your chances of beating the prosecution’s courtroom strategy.
At Berry Law, we represent clients throughout Nebraska. Our team of lawyers has an established reputation for the professional and prompt services we provide. Let us put our skills to work for you today.
Contact our Omaha team of criminal defense attorneys to begin your case consultation.