When Spokane residents hear the term "federal charges," they may envision a white-collar crime scenario or a multi-state drug trafficking operation. However, federal charges actually encompass a broad array of crimes. Fortunately, an experienced Washington criminal defense attorney can serve as a comprehensive resource for those accused of a federal crime.
Finding oneself on the receiving end of a criminal charge is almost always intimidating, especially if the charges are federal in nature. Recently, two Spokane professionals have found themselves facing federal charges. While there are various ways in which a person may have to make a criminal defense in federal court, these two local cases involve accusations of exploiting children.
Federal criminal charges are among the most serious that Americans, including Washington residents, can face. Federal criminal charges often carry stiffer penalties than their state charge counterparts. A broad range of crimes fall under the federal criminal statutes, including charges of nonviolent and violent crimes, but all are tried in federal courts.
Insurance fraud is causing many headaches for Americans. Measuring the amount of insurance fraud can be difficult because no national agency keeps track of such crimes. The following statistics and research are the only ones available that may portray the growing national problem of insurance fraud crime.
Washington residents understand that people accused of crimes can be tried in various jurisdictions, depending on the nature of the crime involved. In general, local charges do not rise above the designation of misdemeanor and merit little more than simple fines. Crimes at the state level involved both misdemeanors and felonies, many of the latter being so serious as to merit the harshest criminal penalties, including many years in prison and even the death penalty in some circumstances. Sometimes, though, some serious crimes merit a federal trial, especially when they involve some sort of potential interstate enterprise such as drug trafficking or child pornography.
As many Washington residents know, the United States has the highest per capita rate of people in prison in the world. According to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were 1.6 million state and federal prisoners in 2011. The U.S. Department of Justice, however, recently reported that the number of people locked up in federal and state prison has declined after decades of steady increases. Unfortunately, the decrease came primarily from the release of inmates from several state prisons due to overcrowding.
For much of life, what you don't know won't hurt you. When it comes to federal criminal charges, however, what you don't know could hurt you a great deal. Federal crimes such as those involving computers, child abduction and child pornography carry more serious penalties than many state crimes. Although the consequences vary by crime, a convicted defendant is likely to suffer serious long-term consequences.
Washington residents may remember the 22-year-old man arrested for bringing a Dodge Ram with two weapons and six Molotov cocktails into Seattle's University District on July 3, 2013. University of Washington security personnel discovered him sleeping in a truck with Montana plates that day. After police discovered that the truck had been reported stolen in Montana, they took the man into custody and searched the truck, finding the weapons and body armor.