For many accused of a federal crime, it may seem like the world is closing in because navigating the federal criminal justice system may seem daunting and terrifying for many.
The process can be long and confusing. But what is a federal crime?
A “federal crime” is one that is prosecuted under federal criminal law and not under state criminal law under which most of the crimes committed in the United States are prosecuted.
They include crimes like mail fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud, kidnapping, tax evasion, or some computer crimes may be considered federal offenses. Some of these offenses come with lengthy jail terms or hefty fines if someone is found guilty.
To understand what the processes are when a federal crime is committed it is helpful to understand the various steps that occur in the federal criminal justice process.
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