Thursday, July 23, 2009

Upstanding Citizens Unknowingly Commit Federal Crimes

Federal Criminal Defense,  Federal  Defense, Fish and Wildlife Violation, Federal CrimesOn July 21, 2009, Representatives Louie Gohmert and Bobby Scott held a hearing in front of Congress to discuss the issue of Federal Laws that land thousands of average American citizens in federal prison every year. Federal Law now encompasses thousands of criminal offenses which are substantially less severe then those which include the obvious inherently wrongful conduct. Offenses such as forgetting to put a federally mandated safety sticker on a UPS package or violating any fish or wildlife law or regulation of any nation can land a person in federal prison even if he or she did not intend to commit the offense. Although it will take time, it is promising that Congress is taking a step to help stop this over criminalization.