What exactly makes up Federal Charges? They can be anything from fraud, to crimes involving the internet or something more violent. The most common are drug charges.
A few months ago, a former South Florida police officer was federally charged for allegedly selling prescription drugs while on duty. The U.S. Attorney's Office charged the former cop with one felony count of carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. He is facing up to life in prison if convicted. It is not a shock to hear about the potential life sentence. Most federal charges carry lengthy prison sentences. So what is your best step if you are charged with a federal crime? You must obtain a very aggressive and experienced Federal defense attorney, because you are taking on the U.S. government and the limitless resources that they have at their disposal. Your attorney will need to investigate the case as thoroughly as they will.
Besides the most common charges already mentioned, federal cases can also involve property crimes (such as arson), extortion, sex crimes against children, gun law violations, money laundering, tax evasion and ponzi schemes. Never take for granted that a Federal criminal record is much more serious than a record in the local or state justice system.