If you are charged with a serious crime, it is important to know your rights and options. If the crime is a federal offense, it’s equally important to understand how the federal criminal justice system operates.
It’s important to note that being serious in nature doesn’t automatically make a crime a federal offense.
For example, murder is almost always a state crime unless there is a federal connection, such as the murder of an on-duty federal official.
Generally, the “feds” will only get involved if the crime involves interstate commerce, a federal agent, federal property, or a federal entity. Just because a case is a “felony” that does not make it a “federal” offense.
If you face federal criminal charges, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced attorney immediately.
Federal charges are prosecuted in a federal court with a federal judge and United States Attorneys in charge of the prosecution.
Each state has its own rules for handling the criminal process, and these rules may or may not be similar to federal rules.
Some states punish certain crimes more harshly than the federal government, and the exact opposite treatment may be true in other states.
Generally, federal charges carry more potential prison time and are much more difficult and time-consuming to handle than state charges.
Any crime can be tried in federal court if federal prosecutors take an interest. However, generally, more serious crimes will be tried federally, and the venue brings with it more serious penalties, including jail time.
The severity of the situation means that you need strong and experienced representation on your side.
At Houston & Alexander, PLLC we serve our community by offering seasoned legal representation in a variety of areas.
Should your situation require representation in federal court, you can rely on us to provide vigorous defense backed by years of experience.