Fighting For The Underdog

Photo of E. G. Gerry Morris
  1. Home
  2.  » 
  3. federal offenses
  4.  » Common types of federal offenses

Common types of federal offenses

On Behalf of | May 22, 2024 | federal offenses | 0 comments

Federal offenses violate United States federal laws and lead to prosecution in federal courts. These crimes can carry severe penalties, including long prison sentences and substantial fines.

Learning about the common types of federal offenses can guide you in making smart decisions about your defense.

Drug crimes

Drug crimes involve the illegal distribution, manufacture or sale of controlled substances. Federal laws regulate drug crimes to curb the illegal drug trade. Penalties for these crimes can be severe, with long prison sentences and hefty fines.


Fraud includes various schemes designed to deceive others for financial gain. Common types of fraud are mail fraud, wire fraud and securities fraud. Federal agencies investigate these offenses, and convictions can result in prison time and restitution payments.

Weapons offenses

Federal weapons charges include illegal possession, distribution or use of firearms. These laws aim to control gun violence and illegal arms trading. Violating federal weapons laws can lead to harsh penalties, including long-term imprisonment.

Environmental offenses

Environmental offenses involve violations of federal laws designed to protect the environment. These crimes include illegal dumping of hazardous waste, pollution and harming protected wildlife. Federal agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, enforce these laws, and violators can face substantial fines and imprisonment.


Cybercrime involves illegal activities conducted through the Internet or other digital means. Examples include hacking, identity theft and online fraud. Federal agencies work to combat cybercrime, and offenders can face severe penalties, including imprisonment and fines.

Facing federal charges can be daunting, but understanding your situation can help you navigate the legal process more effectively.

FindLaw Network