Perhaps police pulled you over and found an unmarked bottle of pills in your pocket while you were crossing state lines. Perhaps an officer thought you stole something from federal property, but the item was yours and you were carrying it on your person when stepped onto the property. Or, maybe a Sheriff's Deputy caught you in the act of mailing some crystal meth to another state. No matter what the circumstance surrounding your arrest and federal crime allegations were, in the United States, you will remain innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Until then, you have every right to defend yourself against your charges.
An accused person could face either state or federal charges when it comes to criminal allegations. In most situations, criminal allegations will fall under the jurisdiction of the state court wherever the crime occurred. However, in other cases, the federal court system will claim jurisdiction over trying and deciding the matter.
Fraud in the general sense refers to a dishonest action by someone who manipulates the truth, omits or misrepresents important information for the purposes of financial gain. Those who are found guilty of fraud may be punished with fines, prison time or a requirement to provide financial restitution to the parties that were harmed.
No matter how clean the name sounds, money laundering is an ugly process that takes illegal earnings and makes them appear legal through a series of transactions and investments. Most people do not understand the process of money laundering or know what the consequences entail.
Few can be unaware of the drug crises in the United States. Just this week, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation issued an alert about the fact that methamphetamine-related deaths rose 40 percent from 2016 to 2017. This news comes even as headlines across the country continue to herald how opioid overdose deaths remain a significant cause for alarm.