If you have been arrested and charged with a federal crime or have discovered that you are being investigated for possible committing one, you need to secure legal assistance as soon as possible. There are many crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government and the penalties can be severe.
At SMT Legal, we want to take some time today to talk about RICO violations as well as a multitude of other federal crimes that we have experience defending. When you need a federal crimes defense attorney, call us today.
What Federal Charges Mean For You
The federal government has a powerful tool at their disposal when it comes to their ability to charge people with crimes – they can regulate interstate commerce.
Why does this matter?
Because of nearly every aspect of our daily lives across state lines because of technology. Even a person sitting at their home in Indiana County is technically crossing state lines if they conduct business over the internet. This also means that many crimes fall under the federal government’s jurisdiction.
One sweeping law that allows federal prosecution is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Activities that are covered under this law that can be prosecuted include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Money laundering
- Slavery and human trafficking
- Illegal gambling
- Drug trafficking
*Being found guilty of a RICO violation involved proving that the defendant has engaged in two or more instances of racketeering and that they are directly involved in the criminal enterprise.
However, this high burden of proof does not mean the federal government does not have other charges at their disposal. There are countless other federal crimes that the government can charge a person with, including:
- Mail fraud
- Terrorism charges
- Art theft or counterfeiting
- Child pornography crimes
- Tax evasion
- Credit card fraud
- Identity theft
- Computer crimes
- Immigration offenses
- And more
The United States government has considerable resources that they can bring to bear against anyone they suspect has committed a crime. They have dozens of investigative agencies and prosecutors in every state. Federal crimes come with strict sentencing guidelines and charges are rarely brought unless they already have strong proof that a crime has been committed.
What Happens Next?
If you or a loved one has been arrested or are under investigation for any of the crimes we discussed above, your next phone call needs to be to an experienced attorney. At SMT Legal, we specialize in this area of law and will be your advocate.