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When it comes to trespassing on federal lands, I’ve seen a lot of these cases.  A lot of times the person just gets some sort of a ticket and they have to pay a fine.  But if it’s a little more serious than that, for example, some of the people who are committing crimes on federal lands can be charged with felonies and nobody wants any type of a federal felony on their record.  Nobody wants to try to have to defend a federal property crime where you’re looking at potential time in custody and a conviction that would stay with you for the rest of your life unless you’re able to get it pardoned by the President of the United States, which is obviously not an easy task to do.

The bottom line is, you don’t want one of these federal property crimes and you obviously want to do everything you can to avoid getting one.  Where I’m seeing the feds getting involved is where you’re on federal land and they can see that you’re up to no-good — either you’re hunting endangered species or hunting things on federal land that you’re not allowed to — or I’ve seen other situations where people go on burial grounds and putting themselves in a position where they’re stealing artifacts.  Things in that vein of that nature as far as federal crimes go — you’re really putting yourself in a difficult position, where you’re potentially going to end up with a felony on your record and time in custody.  So, you want to make sure that whatever it is that you’re doing, you’re not on federal lands to commit a crime.

Another example would be if you’re committing a DUI — you’re driving under the influence on federal property.  Again, I see a lot of wildlife behavior related to federal lands that’s being prosecuted in such a way that the person ends up with a conviction that they don’t want to have.

So, what we have you do is, we have you come into the office, sit down and speak in the privacy of my law firm so that we can really get down to the nitty-gritty of what happened because in a lot of these federal property crimes there’s a different version of events.  In other words, the feds don’t have all the factual information that is available and obviously, you can provide that information to me and we can talk about it and strategize (1) whether you have a defense; and (2) even if you don’t have a complete defense to the crime, should it be some lesser crime?  Or, is it a situation where can get this thing plea bargained and work something out to try to protect your record and protect your freedom which is a big thing obviously for most people?

Federal Property Related Offenses

So, pick up the phone.  Make the call if you have a federal property crime, no matter what your circumstance, and in my experience having done this twenty-five years, there can be all sorts of federal property-related offenses and different angles that the feds use to prosecute people, put them in custody, and take away their rights.  So, we really want to get on this thing and get a strategy right from the beginning if you are charged with some form of a federal property crime in one of the District Courthouses.

At the Hedding Law Firm, we understand that difficult situation you are put in when facing a federal criminal charge. We also understand the team of prosecutors that come against you when any such crime is committed on federal or government property.

Any type of crime, such as but not limited to, theft, vandalism, arson, DUI, burglary, drug crimes, weapon charges, done on federal or government property may be charged as a federal property crime. Federal property crime convictions may result in serious penalties. Federal Property includes, but not limited to, post offices, military bases, courthouses, national forests and parks, any federal administrative buildings,

Federal property crime is a federal offense as well as a felony and therefore if you are being charged you may face state penalties as well as federal penalties, which may result in years in prison and excessive fines. If you are being charged with a federal property crime it is very important that you have an aggressive and well experienced federal criminal defense attorney on your side. Our defense lawyers have a combined 75 years of experience and we have handled thousands of criminal cases. We are knowledgeable of the federal system and we are confident that we can effectively defend your case.