Federal vs. State Crimes
Our Miami Federal Defense Lawyers Highlight Key Similarities & Differences
As a person living and working in the United States, you have a responsibility to abide by certain laws. These are set forth on a local, state, and federal level, and you may face serious repercussions for violating any of these. When it comes to state versus federal charges, it is important to understand the differences and similarities, so you can ensure you have the right attorney on your side to defend your interests.
At Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law, we have extensive experience with state and federal crimes. We represent clients in the face of both types of charges, in both court systems. While we welcome you to continue reading to learn more about state versus federal offenses, we also recommend that you contact our office at your earliest convenience to talk about a specific charge or investigation.
In Florida, a state crime is one that is committed in violation of Florida Statutes. Local police officers and county sheriffs are responsible for investigating criminal activity at this level, and state cases are prosecuted by District and State Attorneys.
The following are examples of state crimes:
- DUI (driving under the influence)
- Theft crimes
- Sexual assault
- Assault and battery
- Sex crimes
- Drug crimes
Federal crimes are offenses committed in violation of U.S. Code or other applicable federal laws, such as the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and others. Federal agencies—such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Internal Revenue Service (IRS)—are responsible for investigating federal crimes. Federal crimes are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for that district.
The following are examples of federal crimes:
- Mortgage fraud
- Medicare fraud
- Tax evasion
- IRS violations
- Drug trafficking
- Insider trading
- Securities fraud
- Identity theft
- Interstate/international crimes
- Internet sex crimes
Separate Court Systems
State and federal crimes are handled in separate court systems, with different judges, court personnel, and proceedings. As a result, it is important to ensure your attorney has experience with the specific system and charge you are facing.
Representing Clients in Miami-Dade County, FL
Because we handle both state and federal crimes, our Miami attorneys can defend clients against virtually any type of charge or investigation. We want you to decide for yourself whether we are the team to take on your case, and that is why we offer a free initial consultation.
Call (305) 290-1884 to find out how we can help with your state or federal case.