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Federal Crimes Archives

How is kidnapping punished under federal law?

As Washington residents know, there are a number of criminal offenses for which they can be charged if they find themselves accused of being on the wrong side of the law. In most cases, these alleged offenses are in violation of state law, meaning that the matter will be addressed in state court against a state prosecutor. However, in some instances, the underlying circumstances of an alleged crime may make it a federal case. In these situations, a defendant will be going to federal court, face federal prosecutors, and, more often than not, face the potential for much harsher penalties.

Facing accusations of exploiting children in Washington

In Washington State, people may be aware of the difference between state law and federal law due to the difference between the two regarding certain substances. Marijuana was legalized at the state level in Washington, but this substance is still illegal at the federal level. As a result, a resident of Spokane could be facing federal charges for marijuana-related offenses despite the substance being legal -- to a certain extent -- per state law.

Accused of kidnapping? It may be a federal crime

What most people in Spokane know about the crime of kidnapping probably comes from television and the movies. Fortunately, stranger abductions of children are not common, nor are random abductions of adults. However, the crime of kidnapping does encompass a wide variety of actions, many of which can lead to a person being faced with federal charges.

Can a person end up in federal court over marijuana?

Perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions about marijuana use in Washington - and in other states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana - concerns the impact of federal law on users. The use of marijuana is generally against federal law, even though Washington and a few other states have taken steps to legalize marijuana use. Is the federal government still cracking-down on those who use marijuana in states like ours? Are the feds even putting people in prison over federal anti-marijuana laws?

What types of crimes can result in federal charges?

When Spokane residents read or tune in to the local news, they may sometimes hear that a person has been arrested on federal charges. Even if a person is completely unfamiliar with the court system, he or she is likely to know that facing federal charges is a very serious matter. A criminal offense may be a violation of state law or it may violate federal law -- what types of crimes are considered federal offenses?

What are the National Sex Offender Registry's "jurisdictions?"

It is likely that plenty of Spokane residents have heard of the National Sex Offender Registry, but few may know exactly what it is, how it works and what happens if one is required to register. In many instances, a person facing federal charges for online child pornography, exploiting children and similar offenses will be required to register as a sex offender if convicted. This sentencing element contains many stipulations and a person facing such serious charges may want to seek legal advice immediately.

Larceny and its status as a potential federal crime

When it comes to many offenses committed in Washington State, a person may be charged with a crime at either the state or federal level. For example, in some circumstances, larceny may be charged at the federal level. A person facing federal charges is often wise to seek out a criminal defense attorney experienced in defending against federal crimes.