Compared with state-level crimes, some federal crimes come with significantly tougher penalties on conviction. Any defendant, whether from Oregon or some other state, will spend more time in prison and pay more in fines.
Recently, a 29-year-old woman was arrested on federal drug offenses after she excreted an estimated one pound of cocaine in Portland, Oregon. According to Portland police, the woman was found unconscious inside a bathroom at a Portland airport. The woman was sent to the hospital where she began excreting cocaine wrapped in condoms.
Federal crimes like drug offenses, child pornography, white collar crimes and weapon offenses, are prosecuted in federal court, where there is little room for negotiation. Being charged with a federal crime, compared to a state or local crime, can mean stiffer fines and penalties for the accused, if convicted of the charges.
Authorities recently arrested two men who are alleged to have been involved in a chain of bank robberies in the Portland metropolitan area. The alleged suspects were captured when they tried to rob a bank inside a grocery store, unaware that detectives were already inside.
A bank robber who spent nearly a year as a fugitive after escaping from a Medford, Oregon, jail was recently captured in Oregon City near Portland by deputies from the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force.
White collar crimes, such as identity theft, mail fraud or bank fraud, are classified as felonies. However, white collar crimes may get a person indicted on federal criminal charges, as well.
Federal crimes pertain to federal criminal laws that apply in all 50 states, including Oregon. Such offenses may include fraud, federal child pornography, white collar crimes, bank robbery and murder.
Federal crimes are more severe than state crimes. If the two are compared, the potential consequences would be more serious. In all 50 states, including Oregon, federal crimes may range from federal drug offenses, to federal fraud charges, to a number of sexual crimes.
A former Transportation Security Administration worker was recently arrested three months after a March bank robbery in Gresham that netted the robber almost $5,000.