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Federal crimes: The facts and figures

In 2014, the federal government released data on the number of people who committed federal crimes and the types of crimes they committed. Interestingly, it's not just individuals committing fraud against the government. Institutions or corporations do as well, with 162 organizations defending themselves that year.

It may not be surprising that the majority of cases involve individuals. Since 1988, the number of people reported for committing federal crimes has grown significantly, too. In 2011, the total number of individuals sentenced for federal crimes was 86,201. Since then, there has been a slight decline with 75,998 federal criminal cases heading to court in 2014.

Federal crimes reported include things such as immigration crimes, gun crimes, Class A misdemeanors, federal felonies, fraud and drug crimes. These listed crimes made up 81.5 percent of all cases that were reported to the United States Sentencing Commission in 2014.

Drug crimes are the most common federal case, but immigration cases are growing in number. Drug cases made up around 31.7 percent of all crimes reported to the Commission in 2014, while immigration cases made up 29.3 percent.

Statistically speaking, men are more likely to commit federal crimes, just as individuals are more likely to commit federal crimes than organizations.

The kind of criminal charges you face can play a role in your penalties and how you're perceived by the court. You are entitled to a fair trial without bias, even if the statistics show a likelihood that you have committed a crime due your gender or other factors. You are not a statistic and deserve solid representation.

Source: United States Supreme Court, "Overview of Federal Criminal Cases Fiscal Year 2014," accessed July 05, 2017

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