Federal criminal cases are investigated by the following branches of the Federal government:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Secret Service
A federal crime is any act that is illegal under federal law. The defendant is prosecuted by the federal court
Violations committed by anyone in over 200 categories are considered Federal Crimes. Some of them are:
Art, Cargo, Jewelry, and Gem Theft
Assassination of the President or Vice President
Bribery of Public Officials
Civil Rights violations
Credit Card Fraud
Rape, or Murder that crosses State Lines
Violent Crimes against Children
Certain federal crimes have no statutes of limitations. This means a person can be prosecuted decades after the crime has been committed. However, statute of limitations require that most federal crimes must be prosecuted within 5 years after the crime was committed.
Exceptions to crimes that can be prosecuted past the 5 year window are:
Arson on a large scale
Crimes against Financial Institutions
Certain state level crimes can be moved to Federal Courts based on the severity and complexity of the crime committed.
This is decided by the State Court officials.
Crimes committed against Federal Officials
Fraud against the United States of America
Public defrauding on a large scale involving finances, medical records, or similar scams
Several factors are taken into consideration when reviewing a federal criminal case. A Federal judge takes into account the following: the criminal history of the defendant, the nature of the crime committed, the complexity or the level of the crime committed, and the damages caused. Based on the evidence available, the judge applies federal sentencing guidelines to arrive at a verdict.
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