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Federal crimes result in serious penalties according to California law. The problem with federal crimes is the sheer complexity of this type of crime. There are dozens of individual crimes that fall into the category of federal crimes, and each one is individually prosecuted and handled by a court of law. Federal crimes can be blatant crimes such as tax evasion or espionage, or they can be innocent and unnoticed by the average consumer.
What is a federal crime?
There are many federal crimes, and they fall with a broad spectrum of different crimes. If you are caught committing a federal crime, you could be arrested and charged with serious penalties and consequences.
– Tax crimes
– Accounting fraud
– Controlled substance violations
– Drug manufacturing
– Export/import crimes
– Health care fraud
– Internet fraud
– Social security fraud
– Bank fraud
– Securities fraud
There are more than 100 different types of federal crimes, and any one of the could cause to go to jail, pay fines, and even face criminal charges of a different nature. Federal crimes are not handled by the state in which you live, but rather by the federal government when the crime is discovered and there is enough evidence to charge you with the crime.
Penalties for a Federal Crime
If you are charged with a federal crime, a federal agent will come to your door and speak with you. This agent will tell you what you’re being charged with and potentially take you into custody if it’s required. There is very little you can do about this at this point, and it’s difficult to overcome this type of punishment.
It’s difficult to say what you will face in terms of penalties if you’re arrested for a federal crime such as terrorism rather than a crime such as accounting fraud. You could be sentenced to death, imprisoned for the rest of your life, deported, or even sent to jail for several years while paying hefty fees and expenses. It all depends on the type of crime you commit and how it affects the case.
Defenses For a Federal Crime
Depending on the type of crime you are accused of committing, there are literally hundreds of defenses you can use in a court of law. If you are guilty of not paying child support as a federal offense, you can fight the charge by proving you’ve been out of work and unable to make the payments. If you’re accused of accounting fraud and you didn’t know this was going on in your place of work, you have a defense right there. In some instances, some people simply don’t realize they are breaking any laws. Federal paperwork is very difficult to understand, and many people make common mistakes when they are filing their income tax returns, when they make statements, and when they are in the middle of filing paperwork for a mortgage.
If you are charged with any type of federal crime, it’s imperative you call an attorney right away. Federal agents do not deal with the vast number of cases regular law enforcement agents deal with. This means your trial could start quickly and the entire process could move forward rapidly. You need to have an attorney on your side who is able to fight for you and help you with your case.
You have a right, and it’s time to enact that right to hire an attorney to work with you to prove you don’t have a federal crime stacked up against you. Do not sign anything or speak to anyone until you have your lawyer present. These cases are not simple cases, and anything you say will be used against you if you don’t stay silent until your attorney arrives. This is not the kind of case you want to handle on your own, and it’s not going to help you if you don’t hire an attorney with experience working federal crimes. Call your attorney right away. It pays to make this call immediately rather than wait until it’s too late.