A federal agent is an individual who works for a government agency, such as the FBI or DEA. Impersonating a federal agent to receive some advantage or deceive other people by giving false reports is a specific intent crime.
- How Does the U.S. Government Define Impersonating a Federal Agent?
- Is It a Crime to Pretend to be a Federal Agent for Fun?
- What Is the Penalty for Impersonating a Federal Agent?
- What If I Did Not Obtain Anything of Value?
- What about the Penalty for Impersonating a Police Officer?
- Should I Contact an Attorney about Impersonation Charges?
The federal government defines impersonating a federal agent as falsely pretending or assuming to be an employee or officer acting under the authority of the United States, agency, or department.
The federal statute requires an individual arrested for impersonating a federal agent either demand or obtain:
- Anything else of value
An individual convicted of impersonating a federal agent may receive a fine and up to three years in prison.
It is still a crime if the impersonator pretended to be a federal agent in order to perform a search:
- On a person
- In a building or other property
- Of a person’s property
The impersonator may receive up to three years in prison and a fine.
The penalty for impersonating a police officer varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For example, in Texas, impersonating a public servant with the intent to cause someone to submit to his authority is a crime. The typical punishment for impersonating a police officer depends on whether the crime is s a felony or a misdemeanor, and may include:
- Fines of up to $1,000
- At least five years in prison
The penalties for impersonating a federal agent or anyone employed by the federal government are severe. If you have been charged with this crime, you need to talk to a criminal defense attorney about resolving the issue.