Two Georgia men have been named in a recent so-called public corruption probe. The men face numerous charges for federal crimes related to technology sales to a county school system in 2012. The county school system receives federal funding, thus the men's actions in question are considered to be federal offenses.
Federal Crimes: Being tried in a federal court in Georgia is an obviously serious matter. The thought of facing federal criminal charges can be quite worrisome and stressful for those involved. There are several steps a person can take, however, to help alleviate stress and prepare a thorough defense.
When federal agents storm a private residence, it is usually for serious reasons. In Georgia and elsewhere, federal crimes are typically prosecuted in a very aggressive manner. Therefore, any person who becomes suspect in a federal investigation, or charged with a crime, will want to prepare as strong a defense as possible should a later trial take place.
Being accused of a federal offense in Georgia or elsewhere certainly causes immediate and potentially long-lasting changes in one's life. Depending on the length of an investigation and the various proceedings and meetings required as the case makes its way through the legal system, persons charged with federal crimes may spend quite a bit of time in court. Many people facing such charges choose to rely on experienced criminal defense attorneys to guide them through the process.
Federal Crimes: FATCA stands for Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Back in March, 2010, United States legislators decided that the Internal Revenue Code was not bulky enough, and therefore added yet more chapters, 26 U.S.C. §1471-1474. The U.S. has been hard at work on pushing for increased tax compliance amongst U.S. taxpayers with foreign accounts and assets. FATCA forces foreign financial institutions (FFI) to disclose information on foreign accounts held by US citizens to the Internal Revenue Service.
Not long ago, U.S. Congress passed a major farm bill. While this proved to be a significant news item, one aspect of the bill that is likely to have repercussions in the world of the law of federal crimes went nearly unnoticed. As a result of this legislation being signed into law, it is now a federal crime to attend an animal fighting event.
When a person is convicted on federal crimes that are a felony, there are a variety of legal consequences, some of which aren't limited to prison time. For example, people convicted of a felony aren't allowed to own a firearm. Simply owning a gun under these circumstances can result in serious criminal charges.