Federal Defense Attorneys Explain Shipping Crimes

Nevada Defense Attorney Explains Compounding CrimesMany shipments both within the United States and to and from the United States from foreign countries occur via ship. Protection of shipping vessels and shippers is imperative to protect interstate commerce and international trade.

As such, the federal government takes shipping crimes seriously and harsh penalties are imposed upon defendants who engage in unlawful behaviors in connection with shipping.

If you are accused of a federal crime related to shipping, you need to get the right legal help from a qualified and experienced federal criminal defense lawyer who can fight on your behalf and help you to respond assertively and aggressively to charges. LV Criminal Defense is here to help. We will work closely with clients from California, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, or surrounding areas who have been accused of federal shipping crimes to evaluate evidence and respond assertively and strategically to serious charges.

Our firm has successfully represented many defendants accused of various types of shipping crimes and other federal offenses. We are skilled at helping clients to navigate the federal criminal justice system and emerge with minimal or no penalties depending upon the specifics of their situation. When your life hangs in the balance, you can count on our firm to provide the legal advocacy you both need and deserve.

You should reach out to LV Criminal Defense as soon as you’ve been accused of wrongdoing so we can get to work immediately on defending your rights. Give us a call today to get a committed, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney fighting for you.

Federal Criminal Laws on Shipping Crimes

  • 18 U.S. Code section 2271 – Conspiracy to destroy vessels
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2272 – Destruction of vessel by owner
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2273 – Destruction of vessel by nonowner
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2274 – Destruction or misuse of vessel by person in charge
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2275 – Firing or tampering with vessels
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2276 – Breaking and entering vessel
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2277 – Explosives or dangerous weapons aboard vessels
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2278 – Explosives on vessels carrying steerage passengers
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2279 – Boarding vessels before arrival
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2280 – Violence against maritime navigation
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2280a – Violence against maritime navigation and maritime transport involving weapons of mass destruction
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2281 – Violence against maritime fixed platforms
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2281a – Additional offenses against maritime fixed platforms
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2282A – Devices or dangerous substances in waters of the United States likely to destroy or damage ships or to interfere with maritime commerce
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2282B – Violence against aids to maritime navigation
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2283 – Transportation of explosive, biological, chemical, or radioactive or nuclear materials
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2284 – Transportation of terrorists
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2285 – Operation of submersible vessel or semi-submersible vessel without nationality

Within each of these statutes is a definition of the specific crime, along with elements of the offense. A prosecutor has to prove every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, which means if there is any part of the offense that the prosecutor is not able to prove was committed, then the defendant should not be found guilty. The statute also specifies the types of penalties, including the maximum jail or prison term, that could be imposed if you are found guilty of an offense under 18 U.S. Code Chapter 111.

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Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.


Because laws differ depending upon which shipping offense you are accused of, you need to know details about the specific statute under which you have been charged so you can build the most effective defense strategy possible.

LV Criminal Defense can provide you with the help and support that you need to understand the nature of the charges and to make a fully informed choice about how best to respond to accusations against you.

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Getting Help From Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys

LV Criminal Defense understands the laws in 18 U.S. Code Chapter 111 inside and out. We know the elements of federal offenses related to shipping and we understand both what prosecutors need to prove when it comes to these cases and how defendants can build a strategy to respond to charges that maximizes the chances of acquittal or that reduces the possible penalties that could result from conviction.

Our federal criminal defense attorneys have successfully represented many defendants accused with shipping crimes made illegal by 18 U.S. Code Chapter 111 and we are prepared to represent you in court if you chose to fight charges or during plea negotiations if you hope to lessen the penalties or convince a prosecutor to charge you with a lesser offense in exchange for pleading guilty. We will help you to determine which of these approaches is most likely to result in you facing the best outcome possible in different circumstances and will advocate for you throughout your entire involvement with the criminal justice system regardless of which of the processes you chose.

To find out more about the ways in which our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team can provide you with assistance as you respond to accusations you committed a shipping crime or other federal criminal offense, give us a call today. We are ready to advocate for you, so don’t hesitate to get the help that you need to protect your future.

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