If you are arrested for a criminal violation, you are going to be told
that you are facing either state or federal charges. But what exactly
does this mean? Why does there have to be a distinction in the first place?
The truth is that
federal crimes are often considered far more severe than state crimes, but in order to
understand why, we have to take a closer look at the details surrounding them.
By definition, a federal crime is a violation of a law passed by the United
States Congress, and is therefore law from coast-to-coast. It can also
be, however, a state crime – something that violates local or state
authority legislation – that involves more than one state. An act
may also be considered a federal crime if it gives reasonable concern
on a nationwide scale.
Common federal crimes include:
- Child pornography crimes
- Most drug crimes
- Some white collar crimes
How are Federal Crimes Prosecuted?
For a state crime, you can expect the usual people in the courtroom: the
judge, jury, prosecution, and so on. If you are facing federal charges,
the entire process can feel like it has been upturned on its head.
Firstly, you can expect that the prosecution is not going to be fronted
by just one representative. Instead, an investigation into your actions
is going to be conducted by at least one government authority.
If charged with a federal crime, you may be investigated by one or more
of the following:
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- Department of Justice (DoJ)
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
Secondly, depending on your alleged actions, your case could be tried in
a federal court with its own unique processes. In some circumstances,
the public will be barred from attending your trial, and there might not
even be a jury present. All in all, it can feel like an entirely different
stage when compared to most other criminal procedures.
Are you being charged with federal crimes right now? You need powerful
protection that can stand up to the pressure and influence of large government bodies.
Contact our San Antonio criminal defense attorney from Cabanas Law Firm, PLLC today. You can start building your defense
now by calling
210.529.8317 or by filling out an
online case evaluation form and we will get back to you as soon as we can!