Although it might seem like a no-brainer, the difference between a federal crime and a state crime is not necessarily a clear cut issue. On a high level, a federal crime or offense is an act that violates a federal statute passed by the U.S. Congress. A state crime is an act that violates a state’s particular ordinance or statute. The two are not mutually exclusive and citizens may be prosecuted for a state crime and a federal crime at the same time.
EXAMPLES OF FEDERAL CRIMES
Knowing the difference between a state and federal crime is a good starting point, but it’s also helpful to know what kinds of offenses can be prosecuted as federal crimes. Title 18 of the United States Code (USC) provides the federal government with definitions and procedures on handling of federal crimes. This criminal and penal code section of the USC is quite extensive and lists more than 75 types of federal crimes. As a leading criminal law firm in New York and New Jersey, the Law Offices of David I. Goldstein has vast experience handling many of them. We’ve listed a few of them below with a brief description of the charge:
- Governmental conspiracy — an agreement between multiple people or entities to defraud the government for personal gain. This may include conspiracy to impede or injure an officer or soliciting to commit a violent crime.
- Child pornography — sexual exploitation of children or otherwise sexualizing a child by means of photos, prostitution, molestation, or other acts.
- Mail fraud — using the United States Postal System to deceive an individual, group of people, or an organization for one’s own personal and financial gain.
- Credit card fraud — using someone else’s information in order to make financial gains via purchases and false loans. This may also include untruthful statements of unauthorized use to get out of payments.
- Robbery and burglary — taking another person’s property, money, or identity, or breaking and entering into another person’s home or business with the intent to take these items.
- Counterfeiting and forgery — faking legal documents, including money, records, and contracts.
In addition to these types of federal crimes, our firm also has experience handling cases related to racketeering and RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) offenses, tax evasion, identity theft, and computer crimes. To learn more about our services and whether we handle cases related to your specific federal indictment, contact our firm today.