Federal And State Crimes – What Are They And How Can You Differentiate Between Them?

Probably everyone has heard about federal and state crimes but the majority of people doesn’t differentiate them. Let’s make it clear and define both of the terms.

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Federal crime is an illegal act that is made against U.S. federal legislation and is prosecuted by federal criminal law. Federal crimes are investigated by:

  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

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When federal cases go to trial they are prosecuted by United States Attorney in each judicial district in accordance with already established laws. Federal crimes can range from illegally downloading songs from Internet to RICO, drug trafficking, corruption or immigration crimes.

state law

A state crime is an illegal activity that breaks state legal code or public international law. Each state has different laws but the majority of committed crimes fall under the umbrella of state crimes. Examples of state crimes are robbery, murder, burglary, grand theft etc. Many crimes are prosecuted in both federal and state courts. Don’t forget that state laws where the crime occurred will govern your defense so hiring a lawyer who is licensed in that state is very important.

If you’ve been charged with one of these crimes make sure you contact a qualified lawyer who will defend you aggressively. The best one who can suit your case you can find at Legal Bistro.


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