The assumption that most criminal charges are about on par with one another may not be an uncommon idea in Texas, but it is untrue. For instance, consequences vary between misdemeanors and felonies. Moreover, how federal crime charges are handled differs greatly from how state charges are managed. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of what a serious impact the distinction between state and federal charges can make.
There may be some confusion about what prompts a charge at the federal level, which is understandable. Typically, alleged crimes that violate the federal government’s penal code — also known as Title 18 of the U.S. Code — may result in federal charges. Common examples that some people may already be familiar with include mail fraud, interstate crimes, robbing a bank or smuggling a controlled substance into the country.
While residents may be familiar with how state laws affect criminal charges, federal charges are an entirely different ball game with a virtually separate set of rules. For instance, should a defendant have to proceed to trial, it is important to note that juries are not chosen in the typical fashion. Additionally, the rules concerning bond, who is eligible for it and how much it should be set at are vastly different.
As the environment and rules that govern the land of federal crime charges vary so greatly from Texas state crime charges, knowledge and experience at the state level might not be enough. We pride ourselves on our active and constant involvement with those accused of committing various federal criminal charges. This experience at the federal level allows us to provide our clients with experienced and focused representation.