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Arrested for a Federal Crime?

Federal law, like state law, prohibits certain conduct and imposes criminal punishment.

Some crimes are covered by both state and federal law (this is known as concurrent jurisdiction), others are exclusively covered by state law, and some are exclusively covered by federal law. Federal agencies typically have vast resources at their disposal to bring to bear against those charged with federal crimes.

You need to be represented by a Los Angeles federal crimes attorney with the experience in such cases. Moaddel Law Firm has pushed back against federal charges over the years and just as importantly, we know everything that is at stake with a federal charge. Trust us to look to your needs when your freedom is on the line.

What is a federal crime?

Generally, federal law enforcement focuses on large, complex cases that cross state lines. However, there are many offenses that trigger federal suspicion even without crossing state lines.

Federal cases are usually investigated by federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, DEA, DHS, and the IRS. Occasionally, state law enforcement will refer a case to federal agencies.

Some crimes that are commonly prosecuted at the federal level include:

  • Drug crimes
  • Tax fraud
  • Social security fraud
  • Terrorism
  • Child pornography crimes
  • Securities fraud
  • Illegal re-entry

Frequently, and especially with respect to drug and fraud investigations, local and federal law enforcement will form “join task forces” for large investigations, which can be prosecuted in either state or federal court or both.

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For offenses that are crimes under both state and federal law, you can be prosecuted by both the federal and state governments, even if you have already been prosecuted by the other. For example, if you are charged with a drug sale by the state government, you can later be charged with the same sale by the federal government—regardless of whether you were convicted or acquitted in the state case.

The federal government generally does not prosecute cases that have already been prosecuted by the state; however, this is entirely discretionary and they are not prohibited from doing so.

Take the first step in beating your charges—speak with our seasoned Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys and we can work with you to put together an effective legal defense. There is no time to waste—federal authorities are building their case against you as soon as you are formally charged, meaning you need to do the same when it comes to your legal defense.

Give us a call and set up a consultation as soon as you can: (877) 375-8188!