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What is the Difference Between State & Federal Charges?

Federal crimes can be intimidating because they involve some of the most powerful investigative officials in the country. Although most crimes committed in New York are state offenses, in some instances they’ll be charged as federal crimes. In some cases, both the state and the federal government will prosecute a crime. Additionally, crimes committed on federal property or across state lines are considered federal crimes. When someone is facing federal charges, they must obtain the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Contact the Albany federal crimes defense attorney at Schillinger & Associates, PLLC. today for a free consultation at (518) 413-0889.

Examples of Federal Crimes

Although there is a wide range of federal crimes, they vary in the type of severity.

Common federal crimes include:

  • Mail Fraud
  • Tax Evasion
  • Wiretapping
  • Counterfeiting
  • Kidnapping
  • Bank Robbery
  • Child Pornography
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Computer Crimes
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Firearm Trafficking

Due to the wide variety of crimes above, different federal agencies are given the authority to prosecute federal crimes.

These federal agencies include:

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Secret Service
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement

What If Both State & Federal Governments Are Involved?

Generally, if state and federal governments are prosecuting a federal case, the government with jurisdiction over the offense will have preference. The government with jurisdiction will attempt to prosecute an individual and, if they fail, the other government body may step in and attempt a case of their own. However, in some cases, a person will face both federal and state trials. This ability to charge someone for the same crime on the part of federal and state governments is known as dual sovereignty.

Contact Our Federal Crime Legal Counsel Today

If you are facing federal charges, you are facing the vast resources of the federal government. Hiring an experienced attorney will help build a case that protects your future by fighting to get your charges dismissed, acquitted, or reduced. Schillinger & Associates, PLLC. has helped hundreds of people fight criminal charges. With our firm, you work directly with our founding attorney, who will handle your case personally from beginning to end. We take pride in providing defendants with the service they need during the toughest legal battle of their lives.

Learn your options—contact the Law Offices of Eric K. Schillinger today at (518) 413-0889 for a free consultation.

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