Crimes on Federal Land: The Capitol Riots

January 18, 2021

Crimes on Federal Land: The Capitol Riots

As a result of the riots on January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol, many Americans are wondering, what charges will those individuals face? Before understanding the offenses committed, it’s important to understand how crimes committed on federal land and property differ from those committed elsewhere.

Crimes Committed on Federal Property

Unlike crimes committed on property owned by a private business or individual, crimes committed on federally owned property automatically are classified as a federal crime and thus are not subjected to state laws. However, like first-time criminal offenders who may be eligible for Pennsylvania’s ARD program, there is a federal equivalent–the Pre-Trial Diversionary Program. The program allows defendants to complete a term of probation, after which the charges will be dismissed.

But for those crimes committed at the U.S. Capitol, here is what you need to know should you face charges.

U.S. Capitol Riots: Charges

As more photos and videos surface from the events of January 6, federal prosecutors are charging individuals with seditious conspiracy, damage to federal property, engaging in civil disorder, terrorism, unlawful entry, use of explosives, and crossing state lines to commit crimes–just to name a few.

According to the Department of Justice, 13 individuals have so far been charged in federal court following the riots and 40 more have been charged in Superior Court. These numbers are expected to rise.

While charges may range from months to years in prison, those who were present the day of the riots and fear a call from the FBI may wonder, what should I do?

Charged With a Federal Crime

If you have been charged with a crime on federal property, here’s what you need to do:

  • 1. Hire a criminal defense attorney.
  • 2. Research the charges you are facing.
  • 3. Write down a log of what happened to present to your attorney.
  • 4. Collect documentation.
  • 5. Be prepared to come up with a plea bargain.
  • 6. Ask questions.
  • 7. Let your attorney represent you and don’t go it alone.

Being charged with a crime committed on federal property can be complex–but just because you’ve been charged does not mean that you’ve been convicted. That’s why it’s imperative to have the right criminal defense attorney on your side to handle the case.

Legal Representation for Crimes Committed on Federal Land: MKPV Law

Our knowledgeable Scranton federal crime attorneys at Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano have years of experience handling complicated cases. We will weigh the strength of the evidence against you, apply the law to your situation, and build a strong defense and best possible case for acquittal. These cases are complex, but not impossible to come out from.

If you or someone you know is charged with an offense committed on federal land, contact us immediately by calling (570) 348-0776 for a no-cost consultation.

At MKPV Law, we work to represent you in the darkest times. Let us help you find the light.

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