Federal Crime News

Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Fraud Charges & Laws

Bitcoin is a relative newcomer in the world of finance, but as with any monetary instrument, there are cases of fraud and abuse with the cryptocurrency. For example, in early 2019, Randall Crater was indicted for allegedly leading the ‘My Big Coin’ cryptocurrency fraud that robbed at least $6 million from largely New York-based investors.… Read More »

What is the Definition of Embezzlement?

Embezzlement is a common white collar crime in Massachusetts and all states. Embezzlement happens when a person steals or misappropriated funds or property from their employer, business partner or another person. For embezzlement to happen, there must be three factors present: A financial relationship between the victim and the accused; this is called a fiduciary… 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 »

What Is Aggravated Robbery?

The crime of aggravated robbery is very serious because it involves not just robbery but also injury or other aggravated circumstances. In the majority of cases, there is a distinction between robbery (theft) and aggravated robbery. It usually means that the crime involved multiple defendants, use of a deadly weapon, and/or injury or harm to… Read More »

List of Different Felony Classes and Punishments

It is common for states to have different classifications of felony offenses. They do this to ensure the sentencing guidelines are appropriate. There is some sort of division like this in all states, as a classification, a sentence based on the actual crime itself, or a hybrid approach. Different Types of Crimes There are three… 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 »

Differences Between Class A Misdemeanor Vs Felony

In almost every state, a crime is one of three things: infraction, misdemeanor, or felony. Very simply put, an infraction is lowest in terms of the magnitude of the crime and a felony is the worst. This also means that the associated punishments get increasingly harsh. The difference between misdemeanor and felony crimes, however, is… 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 »

Felony Vs Misdemeanor Battery Offense What’s The Punishment Difference?

All over the country, criminal systems have different categories of crimes that denote their seriousness. These categories are important, because they guide the courts on how to treat cases. Hence, people also need to know the difference, because it will determine how much jail time or other penalties they can expect if found guilty. Distinguishing… Read More »

Misdemeanors vs Felonies What are the Differences?

Most jurisdictions in the US divide crimes into several categories, depending upon their seriousness. Generally, the crimes are divided based upon how much jail time you can receive for the crime, if any. The two major types of crimes recognized by most US states are misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are crimes that may be punished… Read More »

What is a Class D Felony?

A class D felony is one of the less serious types of felonies. In most states, class D felonies are not associated with dangerous or violent acts; many class D felonies are victimless crimes. However, this crime is still a felony and has serious potential punishments, including a long jail sentence, heavy fines and strict… Read More »

First Degree Murder Laws & Charges + Statute of Limitations

In most states, murder in the first degree is the illegal killing of another person that is both willing and premeditated. This means that the murder was committed after planning. Most states also feature a legal concept called ‘the felony murder rule.’ This means that you have committed first degree murder if there is death… Read More »

What is Age of Consent? + Ages by State

When sexual activity is involved, the most important factor is whether both parties have consented. This is important both morally and legally. In the US, the age of consent is defined as the legal age when a person is considered of sufficient maturity to consent to sexual activity. The age of consent varies by state… Read More »

What are Mandatory Minimum Sentences?

Mandatory minimum sentencing laws require the judge to give the convicted person a minimum sentence that is frequently very long. The laws, which exist at the state and federal levels, remove discretion from the judge and limit their ability to decide how much punishment the person should get according to the specific case circumstances. One… Read More »

Sexual Assault Laws, Charges & Statute of Limitations

Sexual assault generally means any crime where the offender has subjected the victim to sexual contact or touching that is offensive and unwanted. Sexual assault crimes can range groping to assault and battery, to rape. All states and the federal government prohibits sexual assault, but the precise definitions of sexual assault will vary somewhat by… Read More »

2nd Degree Murder Laws & Charges

In federal law and in most states, 2nd degree murder is defined as intentional killing that is not premeditated, or a killing that is caused by the person’s lack of concern for human life. Generally, 2nd degree murder is somewhat of a middle ground between first degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. For instance, say a… Read More »

30 Free Online Open Courses in Law and Legal

There are more college courses available online these days than ever before. There are many reasons that this has happened. Many traditional colleges and universities find that many more students are interested in educating themselves if the courses are offered online. Many of those students lack the ability or the resources to move physically to… Read More »

What are the Federal Conspiracy Charges?

A common tactic by federal prosecutors is to bring conspiracy charges against a defendant. Conspiracy is a rather broad type of crime that can be used to describe many types of illegal conduct. Conspiracy charges are tough for the defense. A criminal defense lawyer who has a client charged with conspiracy must work hard to… Read More »