Not everyone accused of a crime is a criminal. In fact, sometimes people get caught up in situations that they never intended to be involved with in the first place. There are many reasons that this can occur. In some cases, it is simply a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In other cases, it is the result of knowing the wrong people. In either case, prosecutors need more than association to convict.
The United States Attorney's Office takes the prosecution of federal drug offenses very seriously. In recent months there have been a number of cases in California involving marijuana. Despite the state's own marijuana laws, individuals have been tried under federal law for such offenses as federal drug trafficking and drug distribution.
The illegal sale and transport of firearms is a serious offense in the United States. If convicted of federal weapons charges individuals face a range of penalties from prison and probation to fines and fees. While many law enforcement agencies may be involved in an investigation, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is the primary federal agency tasked with investigating federal firearms offenses.
Although the Secret Service is known most for its role with the President, the Secret Service's original mandate was to investigate the counterfeiting of U.S. currency. While the Secret Service still investigates currency fraud, their role in federal investigations has expanded to such federal crimes and federal offenses such as financial institution fraud, advance fee fraud and money laundering fraud.