The majority of criminal charges in Florida are based on violation of local or state laws. A federal offense involves a violation of a federal law or criminal conduct that crossed state lines. When a criminal action violates state and federal laws, both the federal and state government can choose to pursue charges. One agency generally defers to the other to prosecute the case, but the other can pursue charges when the first fails.
Being charged with a federal crime can be overwhelming as federal criminal offenses typically carry stiffer penalties than state offenses, and federal prosecutors have greater resources. If you are facing federal charges, it’s important to consult with an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer in Florida as soon as possible.
Federal criminal charges are typically much more serious than state criminal charges for several reasons:
Federal criminal code classifies felonies and misdemeanors as follows:
Sentencing is very different in federal court than state criminal court. Sentencing guidelines carry harsher penalties than state guidelines. When a defendant takes a plea bargain, the federal judge has complete control over the sentence. The federal judge is required to consider the guideline range for the charge and other factors, but after this evaluation, they have the freedom to sentence the defendant to anything they consider appropriate. This is why it’s crucial to choose a federal case defense attorney familiar with federal sentencing guidelines and the experience necessary to effectively argue a defense.
Any offense that is in violation of federal criminal law can be charged in federal court. This includes crimes that crossed state lines, crimes that involved a defendant crossing state lines to commit a crime, and crimes that involved federal agencies or federal property. Common federal criminal offenses in Florida include:
Are you facing federal criminal charges? The federal criminal system is complicated and very different than the Florida state criminal system. Contact GMV Law Group, LLP to schedule a consultation with a federal case defense attorney in Florida to review your case and begin building your defense. We have Spanish and English speaking representatives standing by to help you take the next steps in your defense.