Crimes fall into one of two categories in the United States: state or federal. All federal crimes are tried in federal courts. A crime committed on federal property, such as an airport, federal building, national park, or any other property owned by the federal government are tried in federal court, regardless of the category the crime would normally fall in. These charges are taken very seriously and are typically prosecuted more harshly than state charges.
What Constitutes a Federal Crime?
Federal crimes generally address criminal activity on a national scale rather than a localized scale. Because of this they tend to have more serious consequences for conviction.
Examples of federal crimes include, but are not limited to:
- Investment schemes & embezzlement
- Insider trading
- Tax evasion
- Fraud, including credit, securities, bank, computer, insurance & healthcare
Steps of the Federal Criminal Process
The federal criminal process usually begins with an investigation. It’s critical that you act immediately if you learn that you are being investigated by the United States government. Prolonging preventive measures will only make things worse for you in the long run if the government decides to take you to court. Even if you are innocent, the sooner you address the situation the better your chances of nipping the problem in the bud.
The second step of the federal criminal process is a summons. If the government decides you are involved with a crime on the federal level, you will be summoned to appear in court. At your hearing, the courts will define exactly what your charges are, which rights you are owed and what the longest possible sentence could be served if convicted. While the courts are required to provide an attorney for your case, having a skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side before the hearing is your best option for a positive outcome.
Over 40 Years of Federal Criminal Defense Experience
Attorney Brian A. Newman has been practicing in California federal courts for more than 35 years, and he’s not afraid to take on even the most high-profile federal crime cases. He was previously involved in one of the largest child pornography cases in the U.S. and is currently handling two very sophisticated real estate fraud cases. In short, he has the federal court experience that most lawyers don’t. You’re in good hands with attorney Brian A. Newman.