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Federal crimes are offenses that have been determined as illegal according to Title 18 of the United States Code. These crimes are either clearly outlined in the code or are crimes that have occurred on federal property. All of these crimes are heavily prosecuted at the federal level and could leave you facing serious penalties. If you are being investigated for a federal offense, you need to act quickly and retain the representation of a Harrisburg criminal defense lawyer from Crisp and Associates, LLC.
If you are charged with offense federal crime, you will be investigated by local Harrisburg agencies, and your life, relationships, work and family may all be investigated by numerous government agencies as well. Depending on the offense, you could be investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency or even the Secret Service. Federal crimes that could leave you facing these inquiries include:
- Drug Crimes
- Tampering with postal services
- Certain white collar crimes
- Tax evasion
- Terroristic acts
- Bank robberies
- Assault on a police officer, firefighter or emergency responder
- Mail fraud
White Collar Crimes in Pennsylvania
Non-violent offenses that involve financial gain are commonly referred to as “white collar crimes”. Many of these offenses are charged at the federal level and are handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, so penalties can be very serious. To make sure that you are properly defended against accusations of financial federal crime, call the Harrisburg criminal attorneys at Crisp and Associates, LLC. We have over 30 years of collective experience that we can put to work on your behalf.
Penalties for White Collar Offenses
There are many different types of offenses that fall under white collar crime. Here is a list of the most common and their penalties:
Bribery: if a person is found giving gifts, favors, or money to a public official so that the official will alter his or her behavior, then both parties may be charged with bribery. Depending on the amount of assets and the type of bribe, the giver and receiver may be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony. Often, they will be fined at least the amount of the bribe and the public official may not be able to serve in office again.
Embezzlement: when a person is entrusted with certain funds, they have a responsibility to manage the assets suitably. Mismanagement or misappropriation of funds may result in embezzlement charges. In Pennsylvania, penalties are given according to the amount stolen.
- Less than $50-fine of up to $2,500 and possibility of a year in jail
- Between $50 and $200- fine of up to $5,000 and possibility of up to two years in prison
- Between $200 and $2,000- fine of up to $10,000 and possibility of up to five years in prison
- More than $2,000- fine of up to $15,000 and possibility of up to seven years in prison
Fraud: a person that deceives another to gain a profit or damage them may be charged with fraud. According to 42 USC § 1011, persons convicted of fraud may be fined and imprisoned for up to 5 years. Types may include:
- Securities fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Identify theft
- Bank fraud
- Healthcare fraud
- Insurance fraud
There are many other white collar crimes that the prosecution may charge you with, such as insider trading, extortion, money laundering, and racketeering.
You need aggressive representation!
When you have been arrested for a federal offense, you need to act quickly and retain the representation of a criminal defense lawyer. At our criminal defense law firm, we are not afraid to fight for your case and have extensive trial experience. Attorney Crisp is a former Judge Advocate General (JAG) attorney who has handled numerous military, high-profile and government cases and understands the law as it pertains to federal offenses. When you work with our firm, we will do our best to look at the big picture and determine the best course of legal action to take for the charges you could be facing. Do not hesitate to contact Crisp and Associates, LLC today and schedule a free case evaluation if you have been arrested for a federal offense.