Most Common Federal Crimes

Federal crimes are offenses that violate federal laws. These crimes are investigated by federal law enforcement and prosecuted by lawyers in federal courts with federal judges. The most common federal crimes include:

Armed Robbery

Armed robbery is a forced form of theft that involves the use of a deadly weapon to carry out violence or intimidation against a victim. Armed robbery is a serious crime and can eternally devastate its victims, both mentally and physically. It tends to receive great media attention when it happens, and it comes with extensive jail terms.

Cyber crime

Cyber crime typically involves a computer and a network. The computer may have been used in committing the crime, or it may be the target. Cybercrimes are offenses that are committed against people or groups of people with a criminal aim to deliberately damage the reputation of the victim or cause mental or physical harm or loss to the victim directly or indirectly, using modern telecommunication networks such as Internet and cell phones. Cybercrime may threaten an individual or a nation’s financial and security status. Problems surrounding these forms of crimes have become sophisticated, mainly those that involve copyright infringement, hacking, and unwarranted mass-surveillance.


Embezzlement is the act of withholding assets with the intention of conversion of such assets, by one or more individuals to whom the assets were entrusted, either to be held or to be utilized for particular purposes.

Money laundering

Money laundering is the act of making huge amounts of money generated by a criminal activity, such as terrorist funding or drug trafficking; appear to have come from a genuine source. The money from the criminal activity is classified as dirty, and the process launders it to make it appear clean.


Treason is criminal betrayal to the state. It is a crime that envelopes most of the more severe acts against a person’s nation or sovereign. This typically includes activities like spying one’s nation’s military, attempting to overthrow its government, participating in a war against one’s country, its diplomats, or its secret services for an antagonistic and foreign power, or attempting to murder its head of state.


Kidnapping is the illegitimate carrying away and incarceration of an individual against their will. This may be done to demand for ransom in exchange for releasing the victim, or for other unlawful purposes. Kidnapping can be accompanied by bodily injury.

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