Federal crimes are a pretty huge deal, and most people don’t seem to really understand the difference between breaking federal laws and state laws.
Both are serious, naturally, but messing with the big boys just isn’t smart.
For instance, my husband is a correctional officer and according to federal law there are certain things that correctional officers cannot do. Some of them seem harmless, like taking a gift from an inmate.
However, if an officer is caught engaging in something like that, not only do they lose their job they also carry a federal offense with them when they leave.
They are trained in federal criminal laws, though, before they begin working with inmates.