What constitutes a ‘federal offense’?

The list of federal crimes or federal offenses is extensive. If one is so inclined he or she could ‘google’ Title 18 of the United States Code. Certainly the average citizen would be surprised to find that hundreds of statutes, amendments and other relevant references are expounded upon at great length on this site. Care to know how the government defines privacyand pirateering? Ever wondered what the government’s stance is on racketeering and corrupt organizations? And, finally, what about liquor trafficking and malicious mischief? A quick perusal of Title 18 might clear up some of your questions.

It would take a year of blogs to cover all the crimes that are labeled federal offenses. For the purposes of this entry let it suffice to say that they are considered  a breach of U.S. federal legislation and some are named elsewhere. For example, a list of weapons that are banned can be found in Title 26 of the United States Code. Perhaps one of the factors that ties them all together is that they occur on federal property (or Indian reservations).

Just as there are a multitude of federal crimes so too are there an almost equal number of federal agencies charged with ferreting out these wrong doings. These include (but are not limited to by any means) the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Being charged with a federal crime is very serious. Your best option is to seek the counsel of attorneys who are experienced in handling these types of cases.

David Breston is a Houston Federal Criminal defense attorney. If you need help defending a Houston Federal Crime call David Breston at 713 224 4040.


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