It’s not a good idea to attack someone if you’re trying to stay out of jail but attacking certain people could result in worse penalties for the accused. In this blog post, a Fort Bend criminal defense attorney will help you identify workers who are protected by federal law, also known as federal employees.
Who Is a Federal Employee?
Identifying a federal employee is typically straightforward, but you may be surprised to learn that civilians you interact with daily are federal employees.
Some examples of federal employees include:
- Anyone who works in the military (military doctors, soldiers, cooks, cleaners, finance officers, etc.)
- Anyone who works in federal politics (politicians, cabinet members, staff members of politicians, etc.)
- Anyone who works primarily in the federal judicial system (judges, security, court stenographers, etc.)
- Anyone employed by the federal government (postal workers, civil engineers, prosecutors, etc.)
Potential Penalties for Assaulting a Federal Employee
If you ever assault a federal employee, you could be facing serious consequences. In fact, even if you threaten a federal employee, you could be facing a class A misdemeanor.
A class A misdemeanor could result in the following penalties:
- A prison sentence of more than six months, but less than a year; and
- A maximum fine of up to $100,000.
However, if you make physical contact with a federal employee during the assault, you could be charged with a class D Felony.
A class D felony could result in the following penalties:
- A prison sentence of more than five years, but less than ten years; and
- A maximum fine of up to $250,000.
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