Understanding Federal Crimes
Certain crimes extend beyond the jurisdiction of state laws, in which case the accused individual will be charged with a federal crime. Federal crimes can be seen as crimes directed against the federal government. Damaging federal property or committing a crime on federal property, committing a crime involving a high ranking government official, and being involved in criminal activity that crosses state lines or bears a significant relationship to interstate commerce all qualify as federal crimes. If you stand accused of a federal crime, it is absolutely essential to hire a criminal defense attorney immediately.
Serious Consequences of a Federal Crime Conviction
Investigating federal crimes and enforcing federal laws usually falls under the jurisdiction of federal law enforcement agencies. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are all federal agencies that handle specific aspects of federal law enforcement. Bank robberies, serious gun offenses, large-scale drug crimes, terrorist activity, kidnappings, illegal interstate commerce and internet child pornography or other sex crimes that involve crossing state lines and other significant crimes that tend to span multiple states and involve many participants are examples of federal crimes. Due to the large amount of time and resources used in a federal investigation, federal crimes carry with them extensive penalties including years behind bars, huge fines, and the burden of having a very serious crime on your criminal record.
The Importance of Aggressive Defense
When fighting a federal crime conviction, seeking out a highly knowledgeable and dedicated attorney is an absolute must. Federal law enforcement agencies usually do not make arrests until they have extensive evidence proving guilty or complicity. You need an attorney who knows how to stand up to these federal agencies and fight for your rights and freedoms. At The Law Office of James A. Bullard, we have the experience and aggressive attitude needed to defend you from these serious accusations. The sooner you contact our firm upon suspicion that you are being investigated for a federal crime, the sooner we can act to protect your reputation and your future.