Federal Conspiracy Against Rights Charges

US Federal law makes it a serious crime for a person to conspire with another to take certain actions against another person’s civil rights, as set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 241:

A Person is Innocent Until Proven Guilty in Criminal Cases

One of the most basic principles in the American legal system is that a person who is accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty.  This principle is the bedrock of our criminal justice justice system, and should be remembered by everyone who is involved in a criminal case.

Federal Child Pornography Charges

Federal law imposes criminal penalties upon those convicted of certain activities relating to material constituting or containing child pornography, as provided for by 18 U.S.C. § 2252A:

Federal Kidnapping Charges

The Federal crime of Kidnapping applies to kidnapping in the traditional sense, as well as parental kidnapping. It is defined in 18 U.S.C. § 1201 as follows:

Federal Coercion and Enticement Charges

The Federal crimes of Coercion and Enticement relate to situations where a person is accused of causing another person to travel for or engage in prostitution or any other unlawful sexual activity. The penalties vary depending upon the age of the individual and other factors, as set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 2422 as shown below:

Proffer Letters and Proffer Meetings in Federal Criminal Cases

Those who are suspected of involvement in a criminal act by Federal prosecutors will sometimes be offered a Proffer, which is a type of limited immunity from prosecution in exchange for cooperation.  Sometimes the Proffer is initiated by the prosecutors, and other times a person and their attorney will request a Proffer.  Handling a Proffer situation properly is of the highest importance, as it can greatly affect whether a person is prosecuted and the outcome of such a case.

Federal Drug (Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroine, and Methamphetamine) Charges

Federal law prohibits the manufacture, distribution, possession with intent, or dispensing of a variety of drugs that include marijuana, cocaine, heroine, and methamphetamine. The applicable Federal law is 21 U.S.C. § 841 and 21 U.S.C. § 960.  Those accused of Federal drug offenses should take the matter seriously and work with an experienced attorney to properly handle the case.

Federal Money Order Charges

A variety of unlawful actions concerning money orders and postal notes are criminalized by the Federal government in 18 U.S.C. 500, which provides as follows:

Federal Counterfeit Postage Charges

Federal law provides felony charges for those accused of counterfeiting postage stamps, postage meter stamps, and postcard postage. That federal law, 18 U.S.C. 501, provides as follows:

Federal Felon in Possession of Body Armor Charges

Those who have been convicted of certain felony offenses are prohibited by US Federal law from possessing body armor.  The applicable Federal law can be seen in 18 U.S.C. 931, which provides as follows:

Bail and Pretrial Release (or Detention) in Federal Criminal Cases

In the Federal court system, the process through which a defendant is granted or denied pretrial release is governed by 18 U.S.C. § 3142. These Federal rules concerning pretrial release or detention are much different than the state court bail rules in Illinois or Iowa.

Federal Split Sentence Explained

A person who is sentenced to prison in the Federal court system may be eligible for a Split Sentence, which involves some time in prison and some time in community confinement or home detention.

Federal Criminal Charges Versus State Criminal Charges

In the United States, criminal charges can be brought by different levels of government, to include the Federal Government or the State government.  Whether a person is charged at the State or Federal level depends upon a variety of factors.