Federal crime in the United States

Criminal charges of any kind raise concerns about your future. When those charges escalate into an investigation conducted by a federal agency and, ultimately, an accusation of federal offense, you may panic.

If you’ve been charged with a federal crime, you probably have numerous questions about the forthcoming government proceedings and your options for legal representation.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a federal crime, get in touch with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney like Vincent Rivera, who has been practicing law in Olathe, Kansas and Johnson County for years.

Most crimes committed in Kansas are prosecuted under state law in a Kansas state court.

Criminal cases involving only federal laws, however, typically must be tried only in federal court by an assistant US Attorney.

Some crimes can be prosecuted in a state or federal court, depending on the nature of the charge.

As lawmakers pass ever-increasing amounts of federal legislation, the federal criminal justice system continues to impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of American citizens who have been charged and convicted under federal criminal laws.

If you have been charged with a federal crime do not hesitate to contact Vincent Rivera at 913-210-0844 for a free consultation now.

Vincent Rivera, Criminal Defense Attorney

Vincent Rivera, Criminal Defense Attorney

Who investigates federal crimes?

Numerous federal agencies have been granted powers to investigate federal offenses, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Secret Service.

ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms)
DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency)
FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
IRS (Internal Revenue Service)
Secret Service

How are federal criminal cases different than state cases?

Federal criminal investigations and prosecutions are handled very differently than similar criminal cases in state courts.  First of all, the law enforcement agencies that investigate federal crimes are generally well-funded and staffed by the most experienced agents and investigators. 

The federal prosecutors who conduct federal criminal trials and sentencing hearings are also usually very experienced, and have virtually unlimited resources at their disposal.

 The judges who preside in federal courts have lifetime appointments and their dockets are generally not as crowded as those of most state court judges who handle many different types of criminal offenses.

More importantly, federal crimes generally carry stiffer sentences than state crimes, especially in the areas of drug trafficking and conspiracy.

Federal criminal penalties are also more severe in cases involving child pornography and other sexual offenses prosecuted in federal court. 

Interestingly, white collar cases (like fraud, embezzlement and corruption) usually do not result in as steep a sentence as one might get if prosecuted for the same offense in state court. 

For the most part, however, the mandatory minimum penalties and federal sentencing guidelines usually result in very lengthy sentences for people convicted of federal crimes. That’s one of the main reasons it is so important to retain a lawyer with a record of success in federal court if the case is being prosecuted by the federal government.

most common federal offenses

include, but are not limited to:
  • Aircraft Hijacking
  • Any crimes committed on federal property or Indian reservations.
  • Assassination of someone holding public office.
  • Bribery and Honest Services Fraud
  • Child Pornography and Sexual Exploitation
  • Computer Hacking and Cyberstalking
  • Counterfeiting
  • Damaging Public Mailboxes
  • Federal Drug Conspiracy Charges
  • Federal Firearms Offenses
  • Federal Tax Crimes
  • Health Care Fraud Charges
  • Human Trafficking
  • Immigration Offenses
  • Kidnapping
  • Mail Fraud
  • Money Laundering Charges
  • Museum Art Theft
  • “Pill Mill” Allegations
  • Possession of weapons banned by the National Firearms Act.
  • RICO: RICO is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act; Racketeering
  • Robbing a bank that has insured its deposits with a federal agency.
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Evasion
  • Trafficking illegal drugs across international borders or state lines.
  • Wire Fraud and Mail Fraud Charges

Federal Crimes FAQ's

Charged with a federal crime in Kansas?

If you’ve been charged with a federal crime, you probably have numerous questions about the forthcoming government proceedings and your options for legal representation.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime in this area, get in touch with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney like Vincent Rivera, who has been practicing law in Olathe, Kansas and Johnson County for years.

For the most FAQ's about criminal defense visit our page https://riveralawoffice.com/kansas-criminal-defense-faqs/

Where are Kansas federal courts located?

Kansas City
500 State Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101
913-735-2200
8:00am - 5:00pm

Topeka
444 S.E. Quincy.
Topeka, KS 66683
785-338-5400 8:00am - 5:00pm

Wichita
401 N. Market
Wichita, KS 67202
316-315-4200