Federal crimes are the highest charges in the U.S. Federal Legislature, surpassing petty crimes and even felonies. If someone is charged with a federal crime, the case can only be held in a federal court and may be sentenced to a minimum of six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1000.
That’s why it’s important to understand your defense and rights as a U.S. citizen. Although a case is classified under federal law, with the right defense team, the defendant can still get minimum or no sentencing. As part of the process of federal cases, defendants should be aware of federal laws and crimes and trial-related rights.
Here are some examples of cases that would be classified as federal crimes:
- Bank fraud crimes
- Extortion crimes
- Money laundering crimes
- Crimes against children
- Federal civil rights violations