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Federal Crimes: Frequently Asked Questions

Miami Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

What is the difference between a federal crime and a state crime? This is one of the most common questions we encounter. Both state and federal laws outline particular actions which are unlawful and may be penalized by specific terms of imprisonment, fines, etc. Federal crimes are those which are prohibited under federal statutes, including those which span state lines or national borders or are crimes against the government. Interstate or international drug trafficking and wire fraud are two examples of federal crimes.

Can I face charges in federal court and state court? Although not entirely common, it is possible that a defendant may face charges in state and federal courts. This is not considered double jeopardy (being tried twice for the same crime) as the two courts are entirely separate from one another. For example, most drug crimes are included under state and federal law. As such, a defendant could potentially face drug manufacturing or distribution charges in Florida state court and also in federal court.

What types of federal crimes does your firm handle? Miami federal attorney Michael Mirer handles all types of federal criminal offenses for clients throughout all of South Florida, including: fraud, counterfeiting, money laundering, embezzlement, extortion, insider trading, RICO charges, forgery, identity theft, and much more. Your initial consultation is free, and attorney Mirer will be sure to take the time to accurately assess the matter to determine how to help you.

Why should I involve an attorney? Federal crimes are particularly serious offenses. The penalties that may be imposed are typically harsher than those enforced on a state level, and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutors often have more resources and experience to attempt to secure a conviction against you. Having an attorney at your side that is knowledgeable and completely dedicated to defending your rights will be essential if you are to have the opportunity at a positive case outcome: of avoiding a conviction and maximum federal penalties.

If you have questions about your case and want to know how an attorney can help you, contact Miami federal criminal defense lawyer Michael Mirer today.