Federal_State_Crimes

Federal & State Crimes

The difference between federal and state crimes is that federal crimes are those that break federal legal code and state crimes break state laws. While each state has different laws and constitutions, some crimes fall under both categories. If you are being investigated for a federal or state crime, contact Tampa-area lawyers Goudie & Kohn now. If you wait until you are arrested, it may be too late.

Federal Crimes

Federal crimes are any infraction of federal law and legal code. They can range from mail fraud to identity theft, drug trafficking to gun licensing violations, and immigration fraud to illegally downloading songs and movies on the internet. Federal crimes are investigated by government agencies such as the FBI, IRS, or DEA.

When federal cases go to trial, they are prosecuted by the United States Attorney rather than a state or district attorney. If there is a conviction, the sentencing follows federal guidelines and can result in jail time in a federal prison instead of a state correctional facility. Examples of federal crimes include:

  • White-collar crime
  • International money laundering
  • Drug trafficking
  • Identity theft
  • RICO
  • Hate crimes
  • Felonies
  • Gun crimes
  • Computer crimes
  • Immigration crimes
  • Credit card and ATM fraud
  • Major thefts like stealing art, jewelry, and gems
  • Computer fraud
  • Organized crime
  • Public corruption crimes
  • Intellectual property rights

State Crimes

State laws differ by state, but most crimes committed fall under the umbrella of state crime. For some statistics on Florida’s state crime, check out information from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. If a crime or series of crimes crosses state lines, however, it falls under federal jurisdiction. Examples of state crimes include:

  • Homicide/murder
  • Assault and battery
  • Robbery
  • Domestic violence
  • Burglary
  • Aggravated assault
  • Drug trafficking
  • Weapons offenses
  • Felonies
  • Resisting with violence
  • Grand theft
  • False imprisonment
  • Kidnapping
  • Fraud offenses
  • Sexual battery
  • Stalking/ aggravated stalking

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