How are crimes on the high sea prosecuted?

Crimes on the high seas may refer to physical crimes such as assault or rape against an individual or crimes against a vessel’s crew such as piracy. In either case, the FBI may have jurisdiction to investigate and cases that violate federal law may be brought by the U.S. Attorney’s office in federal district court.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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