Possession of child pornography is a serious crime anywhere in the country, including Oregon. The distribution, possession and production of child pornography are federal offenses that can lead to lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines and have other life-altering consequences.
Federal criminal charges tend to be more serious than state criminal charges. Many Portland residents have read about federal charges since many reports pertaining to such criminal activities are often seen in the news. Drug-related offenses, white collar crimes such as fraud, child pornography charges, immigration and wildlife offenses are some of the most common federal charges. Federal agents investigate such offenses and press charges against those who are accused.
Many federal crimes are investigated by federal agents each year across the country, including in Oregon. Not all investigations undercover crimes that are worth prosecuting in federal court. When charges are pressed against suspects, it is with the intention of both punishing the offender and setting an example that discourages other potential criminals.
Anyone who knows that someone will commit a crime or is aware that someone else intends to achieve an illegal goal can be charged with conspiracy. Oregon residents may often hear about conspiracy charges in drug-related cases or white collar crimes. Such charges are usually under the jurisdiction of federal agents and can lead to a severe prison term, if the suspect is convicted.