The “Travel Act” is a federal law that makes it a crime to travel between states or international boundaries or use “interstate facilities” with the intent to conduct illegal business activities there.
Specifically, the act proscribes three areas of illegal activity: (1) gambling, liquor sales on which the excise tax has not been paid, narcotics, controlled substances and prostitution; (2) bribery, extortion, arson; and (3) illegal monetary transactions. Further, the Act may be triggered when a person travels across states lines and violates another state’s law, even though there is no corresponding federal law proscribing the person’s conduct.
Understanding The Travel Act
The Travel Act is sort of a misnomer. Oftentimes, a person may trigger the Travel Act by simply using interstate facilities, such as the telephone, email, fax and mail. That means a person may violate the Act without physically crossing interstate or international boundaries. For online sellers of goods or services, the Travel Act could be a serious concern.
The Hobbs Act
A closely related statute, the Hobbs Act, is even broader as it is triggered when a person’s conduct obstructs or causes effects on interstate commerce. The Hobbs Act is sometimes used by federal prosecutors to pursue public corruption cases.
How the Travel Act or Hobbs Act relates to a business enterprise can only be resolved by a legal expert’s close look at the specific facts of the case.
Contact Experienced Houston Travel Act Attorneys Today
At Hilder & Associates, P.C., we have a proven track record of success in defending clients against federal charges, including those related to the Travel Act. We take a strategic, aggressive approach to every case, and we’re committed to fighting for the best possible outcome for our clients.
Our team includes former federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials, as well as skilled trial attorneys with extensive experience in white collar criminal defense. We understand the tactics used by prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, and we use that knowledge to build a strong defense strategy tailored to your unique circumstances.
If you’re facing charges under the Travel Act, don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact Hilder & Associates, P.C. at 713-234-1416 today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you fight back against these serious charges.