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Federal Criminal Defense: Don’t Take Chances With Your Freedom
At Fox & Fox Co. L.P.A., we are ready to defend you against most types of criminal charges in state or federal court. Our attorneys have the skills, knowledge and experience to help you protect your rights and defend your freedoms.
State Vs. Federal Court: Do The Differences Matter?
In any criminal case, the plaintiff is the government itself. One of the main differences between state and federal prosecution is the size and resources of the plaintiff. It is already difficult to defend yourself against charges brought by the state. But the federal government has even greater resources and, often, more experienced prosecutors.
The stakes are also higher in federal court because sentences tend to be harsher. You may face sentence enhancements, mandatory minimums and other challenges that are not always present in state cases.
In short, the differences between state and federal court are important, and you need a lawyer who is up to the challenge of federal criminal defense work. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in both state and federal court, and we are ready to defend you in either venue.
How Is Jurisdiction Decided?
For a case to be brought in either state or federal court, the state or federal government must have jurisdiction. If an alleged crime occurred solely in one state, there is typically little debate about the state having the jurisdiction to prosecute.
There are cases, however, in which both state and federal prosecutors could have jurisdiction. Perhaps the alleged crime involved travel across state lines or included assets connected to the federal government. In such cases, federal prosecutors might defer to state prosecutors and bring charges only if state prosecutors decline to charge or fail to convict. If the case is serious or high-profile enough, both state and federal prosecutors may decide to pursue the case separately.
Regardless of where the case will be tried, you give yourself maximum preparation time by hiring a defense lawyer who can practice in both state and federal court.