U. S. Federal Crimes


A federal crime is any offense that occurred on federal property or an Indian Reservation, or an event that has been deemed illegal pursuant to U.S. federal legislation by an act of congress or by the signing of a Presidential Executive Order. Title 18 of the United States Code formally referred to as 18 U.S.C. outlines numerous acts that are considered federal crimes; with Title 26 U.S.C. outlining Tax Crimes, and Title 21 covering Federal Drug Crimes under the Controlled Substances Act. Pardons for Federal convictions may only be granted by the President of the United States.


Because federal crimes are extremely serious criminal offenses, they are prosecuted in one of the 98 U.S. District Courts, by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under the leadership of the Attorney General of the United States. By federal statute, the U.S. Attorney General regulates the guidelines and laws for prosecuting federal offenders. On a local statewide level the actual Federal prosecutions are carried out in each Federal Judicial District by the local U.S. Attorney’s Office led by a Presidentially appointed U.S. Attorney acting as the chief prosecutor, and a staff of Assistant U.S. Attorneys known as AUSA’s handling the actual prosecutions. Each United States Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer of the United States within his or her particular jurisdiction.


Conviction of federal crimes can result in severe penalties including long-term incarceration, substantial fines and fees, mandatory supervised release, and a negative impact on your legal record and there is no parole allowed if a person is sentenced to federal prison.


It is important to remember that just because someone has been charged with committing a federal crime, it does not mean they are automatically convicted or even guilty. Mistakes made by Federal Agents and prosecutors can sometimes cause innocent people to be charged with crimes that they did not commit. Or in many cases, those guilty of committing WHITE COLLAR monetary crimes such as Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1343), Bank Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1344) Mail Fraud (18 U.S.C. 1341) or Tax Fraud (26 U.S. Code ยง 7201), are over-charged with inflated dollar loss values which can significantly add to the amount of time a defendant is sentenced to, and adding additional years of unnecessary custody time and hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars of restitution and fines.

In a federal drug case, sentences are determined by two factors, the type of drugs and more importantly…THE QUANTITY OF DRUGS. At sentencing the prosecutor will