Federal Crimes Blog

18 U.S. Code § 37 - Violence at International Airports

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Sep 04, 2023 | 0 Comments

Any crimes that are committed at airports will fall under federal jurisdiction. If somebody decides to commit a life-threatening violent act at an international airport, they are facing severe penalties under federal law. For example, suppose you are convicted of performing violence at an airport using any "device...

18 U.S.C. § 752 - Assisting or Instigating Escape

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Aug 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

Under federal laws, assisting somebody in escaping from lawful custody is a crime. Simply put, if you help someone try to escape, you can face serious federal criminal charges. While most escape-related cases are prosecuted in state courts, there are certain circumstances where the case would be handled in...

18 U.S. Code Chapter 113B - Terrorism

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Aug 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

After the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the United States Congress passed the Patriot Act, which modified 18 U.S. Code 2331 by defining domestic terrorism. Terrorism is a serious international issue, and the United States government considers local acts of terrorism an attack on...

18 U.S. Code § 2383 - Rebellion or Insurrection

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Aug 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Constitution protects peaceful protests in the United States, but violence and property destruction are illegal. Title 18 U.S. Code 2383 rebellion and insurrection charges at the federal level could be charged when perpetrators destroy government property or assault public officers. Simply put, it’s considered...

49 U.S. Code § 46506 - Crimes Aboard Aircraft in Flight

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Jul 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

Suppose a crime is committed aboard an aircraft in flight within United States territory. In that case, it will typically fall under the jurisdiction of the federal district courts. The vast majority of crimes on an airplane are not related to terrorism. Sometimes, passengers argue, fight, and shout profanity-laced...

18 U.S.C. § 1071 - Concealing Person from Arrest

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Jul 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

Federal law makes harboring or concealing another person from arrest a crime. This crime could lead to substantial fines and custody in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for up to five years. Simply put, suppose you help prevent somebody from being arrested. In that case, you could face federal criminal charges for...

What are Coerced and False Confessions?

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Jul 22, 2023 | 0 Comments

A “coerced” confession usually means it was an involuntary confession resulting from overzealous federal law enforcement agents rather than someone’s free will that comes from overbearing police conduct rather than a suspect’s free will. In other words, the confession resulted from persuasion, duress, pressure...

What is a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR)?

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Jul 06, 2023 | 0 Comments

A suspicious activity report (SAR) is vital for combatting financial crimes. Under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), financial institutions must assist United States government agencies in detecting and preventing money laundering and keep records of cash purchases of negotiable instruments. Further, they must...

18 U.S. Code Chapter 81 - Piracy and Privateering

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Jun 28, 2023 | 0 Comments

The crime of piracy is essentially an international crime because it occurs throughout many different nations. The United States government has created specific laws to deal with the severe offense of piracy and privateering. These federal statutes are defined within 18 U.S.C. Chapter 81. Piracy is uncommon...

How to Defend Against Federal RICO Act Charges

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | May 05, 2023 | 0 Comments

RICO is a federal statute known as the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations. It’s part of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970. Racketeering is a federal crime under 18 U.S.C. § 1961, not just a single event. Instead, it usually appears in the environment of organized crime–gangs, gambling rings...

How to Best Defend a Federal Criminal Case?

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Apr 04, 2023 | 0 Comments

You've come to the right place if you’re charged with a federal criminal case and need help.  I think one of the first things you want to start thinking about is whether or not you can defend your case from the outside. In other words, whether the case is at the prefiling stage or whether a case has already...

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