WHAT IS AN INTERSTATE ELEMENT?
An interstate element refers to any part of the alleged crime that connects two or more states. There are several examples, including mail and wire fraud, drug trafficking across state lines, and kidnapping if the victim is moved from one state to another.
Furthermore, a crime can also fall under federal jurisdiction if it is committed on federal property. Federal property can be a location such as a national park, military installation, or the border of the United States.
All illegal entries and immigration crimes are considered federal offenses.
As a general rule, the penalties for federal crimes are harsher than those at the state level. For instance, drug offenses that are prosecuted at the federal level have mandatory minimum prison sentences. An individual that is convicted of a federal crime will be sentenced to a federal prison, rather than a state prison.
Here at Alcock and Associates our talented team of dedicated attorneys have had the opportunity to handle all types of federal criminal cases. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free consultation with one of our federal criminal defense attorneys, do not hesitate to contact us at 602-989-5000.