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Federal Crimes Archives

Controlled Substance Federal Charges

It's foolish to believe that drug charges aren't that serious. Many drug offenses can end up being prosecuted as federal drug crimes, along with state offenses. If someone is convicted for a drug charge under federal law, this can result in a much longer prison sentence. A sentence that would take place in a federal prison. That doesn't even take into account the heavy fines that can lead to your crippling debt.

Ponzi Schemes

Charles Ponzi. Bernie Madoff. When we think of the term "Ponzi scheme" those are the two names that pop into our heads. We also know the term implies a financial con of some sort, but it isn't always so clear cut. You would be surprised at what passes as a charge involving a Ponzi scheme. 

Penalties for Traveling to Meet a Minor

In Florida the crime of Traveling to Meet a Minor for sexual purposes if a felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. In addition to any jail or prison you will also have to register as a sexual offender if you are convicted of this charge. This charge will put someone in a mandatory prison range even if this is your first criminal offense ever.

Davis v. U.S. and Vehicle Searches

In its recent decision in Davis v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court held by a 7-2 vote that the exclusionary rule does not bar evidence from a search that was legal when the police conducted it but became illegal under a new rule announced by the Court while the case was waiting for a direct appeal, if police acted in good faith by relying on the law as it stood when they conducted the search. The Court's ruling has important implications for cases currently on appeal and how police will search vehicles in the future.

ICE Official Caught in Child-Porn Probe

Anthony V. Mangione, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for South Florida, was recently placed on paid administrative leave as federal agents begin investigating multiple images of child pornography he received via email on his home computer.

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