What Crimes Constitute Federal Charges? [Infographic]

What Crimes Constitute Federal Charges Federal crimes refer to offenses committed in violation of United States federal law, not state law. These laws exist because federal crimes pertain to offenses that are related to an issue of national importance.

Most, but not all, federal crimes are found within Title 18 of the United States Code.

Examples of crimes that constitute federal charges include, but are not limited to:

  • Organized crime
  • White collar crime
  • Serious drug offenses, such as drug trafficking
  • Identity theft
  • Hate crimes
  • Bank robbery/larceny
  • Gun crimes
  • Arson
  • Computer crimes/computer fraud
  • Public corruption offenses
  • Immigration crimes

Additionally, crimes that would otherwise be prosecuted at the state level may become federal crimes if:

  • The crime crosses state lines to commit the crime (kidnapping, for example)
  • The crime's conduct itself crosses state lines (identity theft, computer crimes, etc.)
  • The crime occurs on state land or involves federal agents/officers

If you are charged with a federal crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer who provides a strong defense based on federal law and the federal court system. Contact Tyler Allen Law Firm today.