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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

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Federal Crimes vs. State Crimes

By Spodek Law Group | June 14, 2023
(Last Updated On: July 28, 2023)

Last Updated on: 28th July 2023, 07:22 pm

Hey there,

I know dealing with any kind of criminal charge can be scary and confusing. Let’s break down the key differences between federal and state crimes, so you have a better sense of what you’re up against.

The Basics

Federal crimes are prosecuted at the federal level by the United States government. These include offenses that cross state lines, involve federal property, or violate federal statutes. Examples include mail fraud, kidnapping, and federal tax evasion.

State crimes are prosecuted at the state level by local or state government. These involve violations of state laws or local ordinances. Examples include assault, burglary, and reckless driving.

Where You’ll Stand Trial

For federal charges, you’ll appear before a federal judge in a United States District Court. Each state has at least one federal judicial district.

For state charges, you’ll stand trial in a local courthouse before a state or county judge. The specific court will depend on how serious the charges are.

Who’s Prosecuting

Federal crimes are prosecuted by federal prosecutors who work for the United States Department of Justice. They have a very high conviction rate – over 90% in recent years.

State crimes are handled by local prosecutors who work for state or county District Attorney’s offices. They have a lower conviction rate than federal prosecutors, but still win most cases that go to trial.

The Ultimate Authority

Federal law is the “supreme law of the land” under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution. This means when federal and state laws conflict, federal law wins out.

However, the vast majority of crimes are prosecuted at the state level. The federal system handles fewer than 5% of all criminal cases nationwide.

The Punishment

Those convicted of federal charges often face more severe sentences compared to similar state convictions.

Federal law also provides for certain unique punishments like civil forfeiture, which allows the government to seize assets connected to criminal activity.

However, some state laws carry harsh sentences too, like California’s infamous “three strikes” rule. Don’t underestimate a potential state sentence.

The Bottom Line

I know this is a lot to take in. But in a nutshell:

– Federal cases mean bigger guns aimed at you
– State charges still carry serious consequences
– Understanding the key differences will help you make smart decisions

The most important thing is getting experienced legal counsel in your corner right away. Don’t go it alone against either federal or state prosecutors. We’ve successfully defended clients against all kinds of charges in New York and we’re here to help. Call 212-300-5196 or shoot me an email anytime to discuss your situation. We’ve got your back!

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