Federal Arrest – What To Know

A federal arrest is the arrest of a person who is suspected of committing a crime that violates United States federal laws. There are many types of crimes that are considered federal crimes rather than acts that violate state and local laws.

The United States marshal’s service has the responsibility to house persons arrested for a federal charge. Initially, the person arrested will probably be held for some hours by the arresting agency (DEA, FBI, INS, Customs, Border Patrol).

After the arresting agency has processed the individual for arrest (and usually after interrogating or attempting to interrogate the person), the arresting officers turn the person over to the marshals. The marshals will usually place the person in a metropolitan correctional center. The marshals will keep the person in custody until he/she is bailed out, the charges are dismissed, or the person is sentenced.

If the person is sentenced to custody, the responsibility for housing the person passes to the Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”).

Distinguishing Between Crimes

Violent Crimes
Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined by the Uniform Crime Report Program as those offenses which involve force or threat of force.

Property Crimes
Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims.

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