What Are The Differences Between State And Federal Charges?

Different crimes are classified under different criminal codes. There are crimes that fall under state jurisdiction and crimes that fall under federal jurisdiction. State and federal charges carry different penalties. The procedure in federal court is often different than state court. Often, a charge could be brought in state and federal court, with the federal charge usually trumping the state charge. Some crimes become federal because they occur across state lines. Some are outlined specifically by federal law, such as drug trafficking laws. Most criminal cases will be prosecuted in state court. Charges such as murder, DUI//DWI, criminal sexual conduct and most drug charges will typically fall into this category.

Solid Criminal Defense Should Put Your Mind At Ease

Oftentimes, criminal defense attorneys will not take cases in federal court. Our firm will represent clients in state or federal court. You shouldn't have to worry about hiring an attorney that is unfamiliar with federal court. Following an arrest, you may face a tremendous amount of uncertainty. You may feel uncertain about the process, uncertain about the outcome and uncertain about the impact a potential conviction may have on your life. While no lawyer can promise a specific result, we can promise that we will explain the process every step of the way and remove as much uncertainty about the potential outcome as possible.

Do you need a strong, experienced and compassionate lawyer as you face your state or federal criminal charges in South Carolina? Call our Columbia office at 803-400-8657 or email us for additional information to get started right away.