Federal Crimes and Penalties

  • All the federal domestic violence crimes are felonies.
  • It is a federal crime under VAWA:
  1. To cross state lines or enter or leave Indian Country and physically injure an “intimate partner.” 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2261
  2. To cross state lines to stalk or harass or to stalk or harass within the maritime or territorial lands of the United States (this includes military bases and Indian Country). 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2261A
  3. To cross state lines or enter or leave Indian Country and violate a qualifying protection Order. 18 U.S.C. 2262
  4. It is a federal crime under the Gun Control Act:
  • To possess a firearm and/ or ammunition while subject to a qualifying Protection Order. 18 U.S.C. Sec. 922(g)(8)
  • To possess a firearm and/or ammunition after conviction of a qualifying misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. 18 U.S.C. Sec. 922(g)(9)
  • A violation under VAWA, Sec. 2261, 2261 A, 2262,  a maximum prison term of five years to life, depending on the seriousness of the bodily injury caused by the defendant.
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