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Federal crime in the United States
- Created 2012-03-14
is an act that is made illegal by U.S. federal legislation. In the United States, criminal law and prosecution happen at both the federal and the
levels; thus a “federal crime” is one that is prosecuted under federal criminal law, and not under a state's criminal law, under which most of the crimes committed in the United States are prosecuted.
This includes many acts that, if they did not occur on U.S. federal property or on
s or were not specifically penalized, would otherwise not be crimes or fall under state or local law. Some crimes are listed in
Title 18 of the United States Code
, but others fall under other titles; for instance,
and possession of weapons banned by the
National Firearms Act
are criminalized in
Title 26 of the United States Code
Numerous federal agencies have been granted powers to investigate federal offenses to include, but not limited to, the
, and the
which crosses state lines or involves the (national)
United States Postal Service
is a federal offense.
Other federal crimes include
from a museum, damaging or destroying public mailboxes, immigration offenses, and since 1965, assassinating the
, although these were not made federal crimes until after President
John F. Kennedy
In drug-related federal offenses mandatory minimums can be enforced. A mandatory minimum is a federally regulated minimum sentence for offenses of certain drugs.
Prosecution guidelines are established by the
United States Attorney
in each federal judicial district and by laws that Congress has already established.
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US Code Title 18
Federal Bureau of Investigation--Legislation
Law of the United States
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
Drug Enforcement Administration
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
United States Border Patrol
United States Customs and Border Protection
United States Marshals Service
United States Postal Inspection Service
United States Secret Service
Federal Air Marshal Service
Classes of offenses under United States federal law
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