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.


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.

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Only in Texas – DA Running for Congress Is Indicted; Feds Say He Ran His Office as a Criminal RICO Enterprise

A recent blog posting on the ABA Journal reported that Cameron County District Attorney Armando R. Villalobos, who is currently running for election to a seat in the U.S. Congress, is accused with his former law partner, Eduardo “Eddie” Lucio, and others of participating in a criminal scheme to deprive the public of the honest services of their public officials and derive a profit from the operations of the judicial system, according to the Brownsville Herald. http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/da_running_for_congress_is_indicted_feds_say_he_operated_justice_system_as_/

Villalobos has refused to either step down from his job as District Attorney or to give up his run for Congress making it very difficult sometimes to tell the good guys from the bad guys.