Los Angeles Espionage Lawyer
What You Need to Know About Your Federal Criminal Charges
If you have been accused and charged with espionage anywhere in the United
States, you will be facing federal criminal penalties upon conviction
and will be in need of serious
criminal defense. Defined as the practice of gathering and transmitting information pertaining
to the defense of our nation, espionage is widely believed to be an intentional
act made for the purpose of injuring the country in some way. In addition,
espionage has been categorized as any act involving gross negligence in
which information related to the U.S. was leaked in order to provide advantage
to another foreign nation that may be working against America.
Very often, espionage refers to the practice of spying, or using spies,
to obtain secret information about the internal plans and behaviors of
a foreign nation's government. Espionage has also been used to describe
illegal activities involving one or more competing companies. Confidential
information obtained without permission from the holder of said information
is specifically defined as espionage, and as such, it is punishable by
law and is considered to be a crime separate from similar criminal activities
such as treason and spying.
Espionage Act of 1917
Passed just shortly after the U.S. into World War I. Legally defined as
the 18 U.S.C. §792, the act original intent was to prohibit and punish
any acts in which attempts of interference with military operations were
made. Additionally, the act targeted any support of U.S. enemies during
wartimes as illegal, as well as any promotion of insubordination of the
U.S. military or any interference in the recruitment activities for the
Since its inception, the law has been amended on several occasions, the
first time in 1918 when the Sedition Act was included in its legal language.
To this day, the Espionage Act continues to be a source that is frequently
referred to by members of the U.S. government, and if you have been accused
of espionage you will very likely be made to learn more about the act
that was created nearly a century ago.
Espionage laws are used to prosecute both spies and non-spies alike. Most
often, individuals convicted of espionage in the United States are sentenced
to a significant number of years in jail, sometimes totaling a lifetime.
In severe cases, convicts have even been sentenced to death. Therefore,
it is of the utmost importance that you act immediately after being accused
and / or arrested under suspicion of espionage in our country.
Without aggressive legal representation from a Los Angeles federal crime
lawyer on your side, advocating on your behalf and taking specific measures
to defend your rights and freedoms, you will stand little chance in court.
As a federal crime, an individual accused of espionage will be prosecuted
at the federal level and, as such, will require a Los Angeles federal
criminal attorney such as that which can be found at Martinian & Associates INC.