Why would someone face federal crimes? There are several reasons that investigators or prosecutors from Washington or field offices around the country could take an interest in a case. One is criminal activity that may be happening across state lines or on federal property.
Does it really matter if you meant to commit a crime or not?
Immigration violations have become the number one most common source of federal prosecutions in this country, surging well ahead of the second-most prominent contender: Drug crimes.
Human beings have always been practical jokers -- but some jokes can actually have serious legal consequences because of their potential for serious physical or economic harm to others.
Wire fraud is one of those criminal charges that the government typically tacks onto a long list of other charges.
There's been quite a bit of furor in the news these days over some recent presidential pardons and commutations. Both of those actions fall under the category of post-conviction relief. Here's what you should know about the differences between having your sentence commuted and getting a pardon, as they are not the same thing.
In Florida, a felony conviction has historically meant the end of your ability to vote -- a restriction that hails back to Jim Crow-era laws and tends to affect black voters disproportionally.
Embezzlement is a very specific type of crime. Unlike ordinary theft or burglary, embezzlement requires you to be part of an organization and in a relatively trusted role. That generally only happens when you've been in a position of authority inside a company for some time.
If you're convicted of a federal crime and sentenced to jail, you'll almost assuredly serve a period of "supervised release" after you are done. It's important to understand how what this means so that you know what to expect in your future.
A 33-year-old Akron, Ohio, man just found out the hard way that you can get in serious trouble for an internet crime -- even if you weren't very good at it.