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When a Property Crime Will Fall Under Federal Jurisdiction

Miami Federal Crimes Attorney Izquierdo LawYou might be confused about being arrested by federal law enforcement officers for a crime like theft or vandalism, but if you are accused of committing the crime on federal property, your charges will be handled by the feds. If this happens, you need a defense attorney who is admitted to practice law in federal court.

What Kinds of Crimes Are We Talking About?

Any crime that is committed while on federal property or that involves the theft of federal property will be charged as a federal crime. Common infractions include:

Because federal crimes often carry mandatory minimum sentences, you could face more serious penalties than you would if the crime took place on state or private property. In addition, federal law enforcement officers might use more aggressive tactics than local authorities, making it more likely that you will do something to incriminate yourself.

Federal Property in the Miami Area

Unless you work for the federal government, you might not even be aware of what buildings and property in the Miami area are owned by the federal government. Some examples of federal property in Florida include:

  • U.S. post offices
  • Military bases, such as a Coast Guard station or Homestead Air Reserve Base
  • Federal courthouses, such as the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., and C. Clyde Atkins U.S. Courthouses in Miami
  • Federal buildings housing government offices, such as the Claude Pepper Federal Building in Miami
  • Any other property owned by the federal government

If you are arrested by federal law enforcement officers on suspicion of committing a crime on federal property, you need to contact a defense attorney who takes these cases, even if it is a minor infraction such as trespassing.

Have You Been Charged With A Federal Crime?

If you've been charged with a federal crime you need to speak with an experienced federal crime attorney as soon as possible. Contact me online or call me at my Miami office directly at 305.707.7345.

 

Daniel Izquierdo
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Coral Gables defense lawyer helping clients accused of Federal Crimes, DUI, Domestic Violence & Sex Crimes.
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