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Federal Cases

A federal offense is a crime that is made illegal by U.S. federal legislation.  The jurisdiction of the federal courts is set forth in Article 3, Section 2, of the United States Constitution.  Federal courts are courts of limited jurisdiction because they can hear only two (2) main types of cases: (1) Diversity of Citizenship and (2) Cases Involving Federal Question.  For a federal court to have jurisdiction over a criminal case, the crime to be prosecuted must either have been created pursuant to an express or implied constitutional grant of authority, or must have been committed in an area owned by or under the exclusive control of the federal government.  Federal crimes include but are not limited to:

  • Drug Offenses
  • Fraud Crimes
  • Theft and Embezzlement
  • Public Corruption
  • Extortion and Blackmail
  • Violent Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Weapon Offenses
  • Internet Offenses
  • Conspiracy Offenses
  • Counterfeiting and Forgery
  • Mail Fraud
  • Piracy
  • Terrorism
  • Crimes Involving Interstate Commerce