Facing charges of a federal offense?

Federal crimes are among the most serious criminal offenses and typically come with very extreme penalties. Examples of federal crimes include bank robberies, drug trafficking, illegal immigration, and embezzlement. If you are charged with a federal crime, the legal team at the Law Offices of Vincent Hughes in San Bernardino could provide skilled legal representation and compassionate support during this difficult and overwhelming time. Reach out to us today to schedule an initial case evaluation with our criminal defense attorney to get started.

What Makes a Crime a Federal Offense?

If you are unfamiliar with criminal law, you may wonder why some crimes are classified as state crimes while others fall under federal jurisdiction. Below are some of the factors that could make a crime a federal offense:

  • National concern: When a crime compromises the country’s security, it is generally treated as a federal crime. 
  • Interstate crimes: If a crime involves more than one independent state, it becomes an interstate crime, and these are usually federal offenses. For example, if drugs were transported from one state to another, this is a federal crime.
  • Federal property: When a crime occurs on federal property, such as a government agency office or a military camp, it becomes a federal crime.
  • Federal officials, employees, or members were involved: Any crime committed against a government employee is considered a federal offense.
  • Listed as a federal offense in the Constitution: The Constitution lists over 500 specific federal violations.
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What makes federal offenses more severe?

There are many reasons why federal charges are more severe than state charges, including:

  • In state crimes, prosecutors have a substantial amount of discretion in negotiating plea bargains. State judges are also allowed to exercise their discretion with sentencing. On the other hand, with federal crimes, federal judges must adhere to strict sentencing guidelines.
  • That means, if you are convicted, you will likely feel the full power of the law.
    Federal charges usually have significantly harsher sentencing compared to state charges.
  • In addition to the already harsh sentences that typically come with federal charges, it is common for enhancements to be added, which often results in increased time in federal prison. Given the severity of these charges, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible could not be more important

Why choose the Law Offices of Vincent Hughes?

If you are facing federal charges, it is essential to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you seek a positive outcome. At the Law Offices of Vincent Hughes in San Bernardino, our attorney is skilled in representing those charged with federal offenses and is committed to providing consistent communication and personalized legal support. Mr. Hughes has received many accolades for his legal abilities, including being listed as a SuperLawyers Rising Star, The National Black Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, an Elite Lawyer in Criminal Law, and Lawyers of Distinction. He offers financing to his clients so they can have quality defense counsel without paying in full upfront. For the powerful, supportive defense counsel you need, call our law office today to schedule a consultation and discuss the details of your case.

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