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?

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.

Is It a Crime to Pretend to be a Federal Agent for Fun?

The federal statute requires an individual arrested for impersonating a federal agent either demand or obtain:

  • Papers
  • Money
  • Documents
  • Anything else of value

What Is the Penalty for Impersonating a Federal Agent?

An individual convicted of impersonating a federal agent may receive a fine and up to three years in prison.

What If I Did Not Obtain Anything of Value?

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.

What about the Penalty for Impersonating a Police Officer?

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:

  • Probation
  • Fines of up to $1,000
  • At least five years in prison

Should I Contact an Attorney about Impersonation Charges?

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.