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What is a Federal Crime?

A federal crime is one that involves the violation of a federal statute, such as drug transportation or tax fraud.
Federal courts generally only hear the following:

  • Cases that the United States is a party
  • Cases where the U.S. Constitution or federal laws have been violated
  • Cases where the citizens are from different states if the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000
  • Cases involving bankruptcy, copyright, patent, and maritime law

Common Federal Crimes

  • Transportation and distribution of cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine
  • Marijuana Cultivation
  • Wire or Mail fraud
  • Tax evasion
  • Illegal Firearm Offenses
  • Possession and/or Distribution of Child Pornography
  • Human Trafficking
  • Federal bank robbery
  • Computer crimes


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Criminal Cases in Federal Court

Most criminal cases are tried in state court, but there are a few that would be tried in federal court.

  • Bank robbery where the bank deposits are insured by a federal agency
  • Bringing illegal drugs into the country or across state lines
  • Using the U.S. mail service to scam people
  • Crimes committed on federal property, such as national parks, military reservations, or post offices
Federal Crime

Legal Defenses for Federal Cases

The legal defenses for federal cases depend on what crime was allegedly committed. Contact us to get specific defenses that can be used in your case.

Have you been legally accused of committing a federal crime? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.

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Your Defense Attorney for Federal Crimes

I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Felonies, Federal Crimes, White Collar Crimes, Violent Crimes, Gang Crimes and Sex Crimes to name a few.

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About Mark Broughton:

Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:

Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.

He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.

Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.

Other Qualifications:
  • Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
  • Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
  • Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section

Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients.  He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.

Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.

Practice Areas

  • Federal Crime 40%
  • White Collar Crime 20%
  • Violent Crime 20%
  • Criminal Defense 10%
  • Sex Crimes 10%

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