Understanding The Difference Between Federal And State Crimes

While most criminal defense lawyers handle state crimes, not all handle federal cases. If you are facing federal criminal charges, it is important that you choose a lawyer who is well-versed in the nuances of the federal criminal process. There are major differences between the way state and federal crimes are handled. At Florida Defense Team, we defend people in Orlando and throughout Florida against state and federal criminal charges.

How State And Federal Charges Differ

State and federal cases differ in terms of where the accused is detained prior to trial, bond and eligibility for release prior to trial, speedy trial deadlines, and more.

One of the most critical differences is how these two types of criminal charges are investigated and charged. State cases are typically more immediate. There is less preliminary work on the part of law enforcement. The prosecutor typically decides to move forward with the charges. This makes immediate representation from a skilled attorney a must.

Federal charges are often preceded by an in-depth investigation. Law enforcement officers will do a great deal of work gathering evidence. A grand jury then decides whether the accused will be indicted. On the one hand, this means that federal cases are often more challenging because of how prepared the prosecution is. On the other hand, the lengthy investigation process allows an experienced attorney to intervene early, taking opportunities to mitigate charges or prevent certain charges from being pursued. If you have been accused of a federal crime, we encourage you to get in touch with us as soon as possible for early intervention.

Another major distinction between state and federal cases is that judges have a lot less leeway in terms of sentencing in federal court. The sentencing guidelines are followed closely. We know the guidelines and we know where there may be room for deviation. Our goal is to pursue the best outcome available based on your circumstances.

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Whether you were accused of a state crime or a federal crime, you can expect intelligent and aggressive representation from our law firm. Call us at 407-800-2000 or send us an email to find out how we can take action on your behalf. Your email request will go directly to one of our lawyers.