Federal Crimes Blog

18 U.S.C. § 2322 - Chop Shops

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Dec 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

Under federal law, a “chop shop” is generally described as a business receiving, concealing, destroying, or illegally obtaining motor vehicles to sell their parts. This law is codified under Title 18 U.S. Code 2322 Chop Shops, found within 18 U.S. Code Chapter 13, Stolen Property, and other related federal laws. The United States...

18 U.S. Code § 842 - Explosive Materials

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

Section 842 has several provisions addressing specified unlawful acts and includes new provisions implementing the "Plastic Explosives Convention." Explosive materials could be a significant risk to the public, which is one of the main reasons why there are strict federal laws regulating them. Title 18 U.S.C. 842, “unlawful acts,”...

Mistakes to Avoid in Federal Child Porn Prosecution

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

If you or a loved one is charged with possession, distribution, or production of child pornography at the federal level, you want to get a criminal defense attorney right away. The first common mistake is that people do nothing.  They bury their hand in the sand and hope for the best.  Then they find themselves in a position...

Common Mistakes to Avoid in a Federal Bail Hearing

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

For those people who have been recently arrested in a federal case, especially in the Central District of California, whether that be in Los Angeles, Riverside, or Orange County, you're going to want to get an attorney right away. I think the first common mistake is thinking that a bail on a federal case is similar to a state case...

Is Lolicon Illegal in the United States?

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Nov 29, 2023 | 0 Comments

There are strict federal laws designed to protect minors from sexual exploitation, child pornography, and other sexual-related offenses. This includes watching animated depictions of children engaged in sexual activity, which is a form of child porn. In other words, lolicon is illegal in the United States. In Japan, lolicon (loli) is a...

What to Do When Facing Federal Criminal Charges

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Nov 21, 2023 | 0 Comments

Criminal cases allegedly violating federal laws must be handled in federal district court, such as drug offenses, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, and conspiracy. Federal prosecutors could pursue criminal charges on an individual or an entity. Most federal criminal cases begin discreetly...

18 U.S. Code § 247 - Damage to Religious Property

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Nov 17, 2023 | 0 Comments

Title 18 U.S. Code 247 damage to religious property; obstruction of persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs is an essential law for the freedom of religious expression in the United States as it protects churches and religious institutions from deliberate damage. Under the Church Arson Prevention Act...

18 U.S. Code § 2313 - Sale or Receipt of Stolen Vehicles

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Nov 01, 2023 | 0 Comments

Federal laws make it illegal to sell, receive, possess, conceal, store, or dispose of a stolen vehicle crossing state lines or United States borders. 18 U.S.C. 2313 applies to motor vehicles, vessels, and aircraft. All states have separate laws making vehicle theft a crime when it occurs within their borders. Once stolen vehicles...

49 U.S. Code § 32703 - Odometer Fraud

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

It’s common knowledge that cars with lower mileage will typically sell for a higher price on the used car market. Suppose you decide to tamper with an odometer to reduce the displayed mileage. In that case, you may have committed a federal crime. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says...

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...

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