This is the final post in a series about the difference between state and federal criminal charges in Austin, Texas. As we have discussed, the states and federal government have separate criminal justice systems governed by separate criminal laws. The primary goal of this series has been to review the differences between the jurisdictions and provide information about how this may impact your case. It has also been my objective to emphasize the importance of selecting a defense attorney with the ability and experience to represent you in both federal and state courts. If you need assistance, contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
This series focused on the following key topics:
- The differences between state and federal charges in general
- Types of cases typically prosecuted in federal court
- Dealing with federal sentencing guidelines after a conviction
- Being charged in state and federal court
If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to understand how the separate state and federal criminal justice systems may impact your case. First, each system has its own set of rules related to procedural matters that must be strictly followed. Also, criminal penalties are determined differently depending upon which court has jurisdiction. The variations between the two will impact how your attorney handles your case. Second, while some activities are either federal crimes or state crimes, others may be violations of both federal and state law. In these cases, it will be important to understand the types of cases typically handled in one system versus the other. Third, penalties for federal criminal convictions are often determined in accordance with the federal sentencing guidelines. These guidelines, while not mandatory, provide a formulaic and sometimes harsher result than penalties determined in state court. Last, it is possible to be charged with both a federal and state crime in some circumstances. These situations can involve complicated legal arguments and should be handled by an experienced criminal attorney.
If you have been charged with a crime, my office is ready to assist you. I am experienced in both the federal and state criminal courts and understand how to navigate both systems. My office also serves the cities of Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, and San Marcos, Texas. Call today to speak with an Austin criminal lawyer.