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Most crimes that occur in Virginia are considered state crimes, from DUI defense and drug possession to sex offenses and violent crimes like murder. Since state crimes are violations of state law, then they are handled in state court. On the other hand, if a state crime involves violating federal laws, then the federal government has jurisdiction over such offenses. Federal charges are much more serious, and a conviction can result in harsher penalties, including a long sentence in federal prison.
If you are being investigated by federal authorities or accused of serious federal charges, you need to hire a criminal defense lawyer who has defended clients facing complex cases in federal court. At Protogyrou Law, we have a team of legal experts who has handled thousands of cases in both state and federal courts throughout Virginia. Our Norfolk federal criminal defense attorneys understand what it takes to get the best possible results for our clients.
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What is the Difference Between Federal & State Crimes?
Compared to state crimes, federal crimes fall under fewer classes and must have a federal or national interest at stake. These offenses are investigated by federal agencies, such as:
- the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),
- the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA),
- and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS),
- and handled by federal prosecutors.
What is a Federal Crime?
Federal crimes generally consist of any offense involving:
- federal land or property (e.g., a federal bank, military base, or even a Native American reservation),
- a defendant that crosses state lines,
- criminal conduct that takes place in multiple states,
- as well as customs and immigration violations.
Types of Federal Crimes
Common types of federal crimes include:
- Drug trafficking
- White collar crimes
- Racketeering or organized crime (i.e., RICO)
- Tax evasion
- Mail or wire fraud
- Identity fraud
- Healthcare fraud
- Mortgage fraud
- Human trafficking
What are the Penalties for Federal Crimes?
As we mentioned before, a conviction is punishable by longer penalties compared to state penalties for similar crimes. Most notably, federal crimes can carry mandatory minimum terms in federal prison, rather than a state penitentiary or county jail.
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