When it comes to criminal activity, there are two specific distinctions: Federal and state crimes. A federal crime is any activity that violates federal laws and a state crime is any activity that violates state laws. If you have been charged with either type of offense in the Clearwater area, there are very serious consequences that you could face if not successfully defended by a professional.
Federal crimes refer to any activity violates any federal law. Examples include:
- Tampering with the mail
- Identity theft
- Drug trafficking (crossing state borders or international borders)
- Pirating protected content (movies, songs, etc.)
- White collar crimes
- Money laundering
- Computer crimes and fraud
- Credit card fraud
- ATM fraud
- Some theft crimes
- Organized crime offenses (RICO)
- Public corruption crimes
- Bank or mortgage fraud
- Insurance fraud
Federal crimes are investigated by various federal agencies, including the FBI, the IRS, ATF, NSA, DEA or other federal agency.
If a federal case goes to trial, it will be prosecuted by the United States Attorney, and if a conviction is achieved, the sentencing will be determine by the federal sentencing guidelines – generally far more severe than those imposed at the state level. Convictions will results in time in a federal prison, whether in Florida or another state, far from family and home.
State Crimes Defined
State crimes are defined under the statutes of the state. Crimes that are common to most states, including Florida include:
- Grand theft
- Domestic violence
- False imprisonment
- Sexual battery
- Resisting arrest with violence
If you live in the Clearwater area and have been charged with either a federal or a state crime, the sooner you seek the legal counsel of an experienced Clearwater criminal defense attorney, the better. Attorney Hilliard is standing by, ready to hear your side of the story, and to take action for your defense. Call his office today to arrange a consultation.