Many criminal charges are sorted into different categories. Some of them are classified as misdemeanor or felony charges. Most criminal charges are divided into:
- State crimes
- Federal crimes
Even though the difference between the two may seem confusing to most people, it is important to know the difference and how criminal charges are divided in your state.
Listed below is everything you need to know about both the state and federal criminal charges and criminal defense.
The Main Difference
Whether you are charged with a federal or a state crime, you have to know the following:
- The prosecution: Prosecuting attorneys in state crimes, and U.S. Attorneys in federal crime cases
- The jurisdiction: District Court in state crimes, and Federal Court in federal criminal cases.
- The Investigators: Local and state police in state crimes, and FBI and DEA in federal criminal cases.
- The Judges: judges appointed by the Governor (subject to the election) in state crimes, and judges appointed for life by the U.S. President (confirmed by the U.S. Senate) in federal criminal cases.
Common State Criminal Charges involve:
- Domestic violence
- Drug crimes
- Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI)
On the other hand, common Federal State Criminal Charges involve:
- Firearms charges
- Drug Charges
- White collar crimes
If you commit a criminal act in your own state, usually, you will be prosecuted by the State that you committed the crime in. However, if you commit multiple criminal acts in different states across the U.S., you will be prosecuted by the Federal Court.
Also, if you commit a crime on the Government property, it will be treated as a Federal Crime. Also, if you rob a bank whose deposits are insured by federal agencies, you will face federal charges.
Regardless of the type of charges that you are facing, it is in your best interest to contact highly experienced Los Angeles federal crime attorneys and receive the best defense possible. Your case has to be handled with care and experience, and no one better than attorneys to do the job. Call in today, and ask for a free consultation with an available attorney.