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Crimes that can send an individual to federal prison

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2024 | Federal Offenses

Like other states, Michigan has laws, but certain crimes fall under federal authority. Understanding which crimes fall under a federal offense and what steps to take is vital to ensuring that a person is well-prepared when facing federal charges.

Understanding federal offenses and their penalties

Several types of crimes can result in federal charges in Michigan. The federal government considers these crimes significant threats to public safety and national security and, therefore, takes a leading role in prosecuting them. Some of these crimes include:

  • Drug trafficking: Selling or distributing enormous quantities of drugs such as cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine.
  • Bank robbery: Stealing money from a federally insured bank.
  • Mail fraud: Using the postal service to commit fraud.
  • Tax evasion: Failing to pay federal taxes or committing fraud to avoid paying them.
  • Human trafficking: Exploiting people through force, fraud, or coercion for labor or commercial sex.
  • Child pornography: Producing, distributing or possessing child pornography.
  • Terrorism: Involvement in acts of violence or threats against the United States.

If convicted, a person may face lengthy prison time, probation, pay fines, engage in community service and lose certain rights. This means they may lose the right to vote, the right to own a firearm and the ability to hold specific professional licenses.

Taking legal action against a federal charge

If an individual faces federal charges, immediate and appropriate action is critical. In addition to fully understanding the specific charge and collecting evidence supporting their defense, they may seek help from legal professionals who can defend their rights. Awareness and proper legal support are key to navigating these difficult situations.