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Federal Crimes Archives

How the FBI deals with hate crimes

In Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the U.S., hate crimes are a punishable offense. Hate crimes are defined as traditional offenses that range from arson and vandalism to murder, with the exception that there is an additional element of bias. For example, if a person vandalized a piece of property due to the owner's race, disability, religion, gender or sexual orientation, that person may be charged with a hate crime.

Federal law applies serious penalties to carjacking crimes

Motorists in Pennsylvania typically watch out for traffic hazards, but sometimes a thief directly tries to steal a vehicle from a driver. The thief usually uses some type of weapon to intimidate the driver into giving up the vehicle. Since 1992, federal criminal law has established potentially harsh penalties for people convicted of this form of automobile theft known as carjacking.

Factors that could trigger a DUI charge

Pennsylvania residents who are taken into custody after a DUI are likely going to be charged with a misdemeanor offense. However, there are some cases in which a DUI could be upgraded to a felony, which comes with enhanced penalties and long-term ramifications. A DUI is sometimes considered a felony based on a driver's blood alcohol content at the time he or she is pulled over.

Supreme Court refuses to hear CFAA case

In Pennsylvania and throughout the United States, it is illegal for people to access a computer in excess of the authorization that they have been granted or without authorization. In the employment context, there is a split among the federal circuits about the reach of the law that prohibits the unauthorized access of computers by current or former employees.

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