Federal Crime Laws

Voter Fraud Charges Under 52USC20511

Generally, voter fraud under 52USC20511 is defined as illegal voting by an individual. Different states have different laws regarding voter fraud, but voter fraud is usually committed by doing one of the following: Voting more than one time in the same election – double voting. Casting a ballot in the name of a voter who… Read More »

PPE Equipment Fraud Charges

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on people, businesses, and society. Millions of people have been unable to work, companies have shut down, and fatalities continue to rise in the United States. This situation has led to a dire need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and related medical supplies and goods. With… Read More »

PPP Fraud Penalty & Charges

The $525 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) enacted as part of the CARES Act in 2020 helped millions of small businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it also provided ripe opportunities for fraud. The Department of Justice has filed dozens of charges alleging PPP fraud. As of Oct. 7, 2020, DOJ has criminally charged 65… Read More »

Unemployment Benefit Fraud Charges

Not telling the truth about your employment status and claiming you are searching for work when you are not is a form of unemployment benefit fraud. This is a serious charge and you can get jail time if you are convicted. State and federal authorities will take an especially dim view of unemployment benefit fraud… Read More »

Rioting and Inciting to Riot Charges

The right to protest is one of the most-respected rights in the United States. The First Amendment protects the right of US citizens to peacefully protest. However, there are limits even to our most sacred rights. The right to protest does not allow rioting or inciting to riot. Protests that become violent and destructive are… Read More »

Examples of Embezzlement Schemes

Embezzlement is defined as the theft or larceny of assets – including money or property – by a person in a position of trust in a company with responsibility for those assets. Embezzlement most often happens in corporate and employment settings. There are many ways you can commit the crime of embezzlement. But below are… Read More »

The Places in America with the Most (and Least) Police Shootings

With the advent of body cameras and ubiquity of smartphones, videos of police shootings have brought the reality of the topic to the general public in a visceral way. Through social media and news reports, we often see these acts take place and make our own judgements on how justified the lethal use of force… Read More »

Indicted vs Charged What Do They Mean?

If you have been accused of a crime, you may have heard the terms ‘indicted’ and ‘charged’. What do they mean and what are the differences? Below is more information. Charged A criminal charge is an official allegation that you commited one or more crimes. You can be charged with either a misdemeanor or a… Read More »

What is a Subpoena vs Summons? List of Differences

A subpoena and a summons are similar. They both give you notice about an upcoming court proceeding. Where they differ mostly has to do with who they are given to; when they are given; and what they are used for. Summons A summons is the official notice of a lawsuit. It is given to the… Read More »

Statute Of Limitations In Florida By Crime

In every state, there are time limits to which a prosecutor can put a case forward. That time limit is known as the “statute of limitations” and it exists for both criminal and civil cases. There isn’t just one single statute of limitations, however. Rather, they change depending on the state and on the type… Read More »

Trespassing Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

Trespassing, and particularly criminal trespassing, means the accused have entered a property or remained there, without being privileged, licensed, or otherwise authorized to be there. Generally speaking, the offender must have somehow been notified of this, either verbally or through written notice, by someone with property authorization. The laws surrounding criminal trespassing vary tremendously from… Read More »

Drug Conspiracy Charges, Laws and Statute of Limitations

Drug conspiracies are highly complex cases because many people unwittingly end up getting involved in these. Technically, it means two parties agree to break narcotics laws. The burden of proof lies with the prosecution, who have to show that at least two people agreed to the distribution of an illegal substance, and that the accused… Read More »

What Is A Class B Felony?

In this country, crimes are divided into either misdemeanors or felonies (infractions also exist, which are the lowest form of crime). If a crime can be punished by one year in prison or more, it will generally be classed as a felony. Some states also use a lettered classification to further subdivide the level of… Read More »

How To Beat A Drug Trafficking Charge?

People who use drugs and get caught very often face not just drug possession charges, but also drug trafficking charges. If there is any way to show someone is part of a drug network, which a user by default is, then trafficking charges can be put forward. These charges are very serious and can lead… Read More »

What Is A Bond Hearing And How Does It Work?

During a bond hearing, a defendant has to appear in court and request that the judge allow him to be released from police custody while the criminal case is pending. It is common for the initial hearing, where the accused hears the charges, to also be a first bail bond hearing. This is known as… Read More »

Intellectual Property Theft Laws, Charges And Statute Of Limitations

Intellectual property (IP) is one of four different things: Copyright, which covers original literary and artistic authored works. Patent, which covers inventions of machines, processes, and other useful objects. Trademark, which relates to symbols used commercially. Trade secret, which covers information that is confidential and commercially valuable. IP Theft Laws There are numerous laws and… Read More »

1st Degree Vs 2nd Degree Burglary What Are The Differences?

The crime of burglary is actually a highly complex crime that comes in varying degrees. They are, as a rule of thumb, first, second, third, and fourth degree, although some states add a further sub-classification of with or without a weapon. In all states, burglary charges are classified as felonies. Fourth degree burglary is the… Read More »

How Can Murder Become a Federal Crime?

Constitutionally, states generally handle their own criminal law, regardless of the severity of the crime. However, in some circumstances, murder can become a federal crime. Some examples of this happening include murder that attacks the judicial system or U.S. government, murder that happened on a body of water, murder that involved crossing state borders, and… Read More »

Misappropriation of Funds Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

Misappropriation of funds is a serious crime and means the illegal and intentional use of the funds of another party for one’s own use. Misappropriation of funds can be done by a trustee, a public official, an executor of a deceased person’s estate, or any other individual with the responsibility to care for and protect… Read More »

Revenge Porn Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

Revenge porn is officially known under state laws as intentional distribution of non-consensual porn. This is a type of online harassment that happens when an ex-partner or a hacker posts sexually explicit images of someone online without their permission. This crime has been in the news in recent years related to several celebrities. Whether revenge… Read More »

Burglary vs Theft vs Robbery What are Main Differences?

Burglary, theft and robbery are related, but there are key differences between these three crimes. Of course, what they have in common is they usually involve the unauthorized taking of another person’s personal property. But beyond this, burglary, theft and robbery are separate crimes. Below is more information about what distinguishes them from one another.… Read More »

What Is Strong Armed Robbery?

Strong armed robbery is a specific type of larceny that is committed with a threat of force or intimidation that usually does not involve a weapon. Larceny is is the taking away of another person’s property with the intent to deprive them of the property. An example of strong arm robbery is someone robbing a bank… Read More »

Domestic Violence Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

Domestic violence is violent acts that are done by a member of a household or family member. It most commonly involves one’s partner or children. According to the US Surgeon General, domestic violence is the top health concern in the country today. The victims of domestic violence can by anyone, matter their age, race, gender,… Read More »

Child Endangerment Laws, Charges and Statute of Limitations

Child endangerment is a type of child abuse. These are usually state charges that can be brought against you if you put a child in danger of imminent harm of bodily injury, death, or mental or physical impairment. Child endangerment often is included with assault related charges, but it does not require you to commit… Read More »

What Is a Class C Felony?

About ⅓ of US states have felonies subdivided into lettered classes. In most of these states, a class C felony is a mid-range crime. It is a serious felony, but does not rise to the level of the most serious ones, such as murder. Still, you are likely to have a long prison sentence and… Read More »