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Crimes may be managed at any level of government, but when a crime crosses state lines or on federal property it falls under federal jurisdiction. These crimes are listed and sentenced according to the United States Code Title 18 which defines the crimes and punishments handled in the federal court system. 

If you have been charged with a federal crime, you may feel hopeless, like your case is already over. At Prya Murad Law, we believe that everyone charged with a crime deserves a fearless defender. Our attorney has dedicated her career to fierce advocacy and has helped countless clients reclaim their lives after accusations of a federal crime. When you need a tenacious and compassionate defender, choose Prya Murad Law. 

Call our Miami federal defense attorney at (305) 222-7442 to find out how we can fight for you.

What Are Federal Crimes? 

Title 18 is the comprehensive penal code for all federal crimes. According to the code, federal courts have jurisdiction over all criminal cases that occur on federal property, by or against federal employees, and crimes that cross state or international borders. For example, fraud may fall under state authority, but the federal court handles tax fraud cases. Immigration, crimes involving the U.S. mail, and counterfeiting also fall under the federal penal code. 

When investigating possible federal crimes, local law enforcement does not have jurisdiction. Only federal officials and investigative agencies can handle the investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation handles most cases, but other agencies like the NSA and United States Drug Enforcement Agency investigate more niche cases within the scope of federal jurisdiction. 

Federal crimes include: 

  • Bankruptcy fraud 
  • Counterfeiting and forgery 
  • Drug-related crimes
  • Public corruption
  • Environmental offenses 
  • Fugitives 
  • Human trafficking
  • Tax fraud 
  • Terrorism 
  • Wire fraud 
  • Social Security violations 
  • Wildlife violations 
  • Embezzlement or theft from the government 
  • Postal service offenses 
  • Money laundering 
  • Computer and email intrusion 
  • Civil rights 
  • Immigration fraud and deportation 

Double Jeopardy in Federal Cases

Because federal crimes fall under a different authority, it is possible to be charged twice for the same crime – once in a state court and once by a federal court. Under normal circumstances, once a person is prosecuted for a crime, they cannot face criminal procedures for the same crime due to the double jeopardy laws. However, because states and the federal government have separate sovereignty, double jeopardy no longer applies. 


Federal crimes are sentenced differently. Instead of the district attorney filing charges, federal charges are filed by the United States Attorneys and federal judges appointed by the President and Attorney General. The prosecution of these crimes follows sentencing guidelines from Title 18 that establish a framework for sentencing that includes a hierarchical system. 

All crimes are divided into felonies and misdemeanors and federal felonies are further divided into five categories: A, B, C, D, and E. Class A crimes are the worst while class E felonies are the least serious. Class A felonies are punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. Some felonies may be charged together or accentuated by other factors. For example, counterfeiting that involves murder or fraud could have worse consequences in federal court. 

Why You Need an Attorney 

Federal crimes are charged in federal courts run by elected judges and are punishable by time in a federally run prison. Facing any criminal court is complicated enough, but federal courts play by different rules entirely. 

If you are facing federal charges, you must employ an experienced attorney. These cases are complex and have serious consequences that could destroy your future. Attorney Prya Murad has extensive experience handling federal cases and is a leader among her peers. Her experience as a former public defender gives her insight into the criminal justice system and garnered her a reputation for excellence. 

When you need a fierce defender, contact our Miami federal defense attorney.




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