Many people don’t understand the difference between a state crime and a federal crime. A Los Angeles criminal attorney is capable of explaining the differences to you, but if you are curious now, read below.
A state crime is one that is found to be illegal by the state. It means that the crime committed doesn’t require assistance or investigation by any federal agency such as the IRS or FBI. State crimes can vary tremendously. Some examples of state crimes include murder, vandalism, traffic violations, petty theft, and other various crimes. These crimes can easily be represented by a Los Angeles criminal attorney.
A federal crime is a crime in which federal agencies such as the FBI are required to investigate. These may include tax fraud, drug trafficking, immigration matters, and identity theft crimes. There are many others that are considered to be a federal crime. Your Los Angeles criminal attorney will be fully aware of them all.
When it comes to being charged for a federal crime versus a state crime there isn’t a huge difference. Both can be quite severe in their penalties. However, one difference would be that a federal crime that was punished by serving time would mean doing it in prison, not a state facility or city jail.
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