Have You Been Charged With A Federal Crime?
Do You Need The Best Federal Criminal Lawyers in Los Angeles?
While the majority of criminal cases are governed by state law and handled in state court, a significant portion are in federal court. The cases in federal court are often more complex than those in state court and are often serious crimes. If you are charged with a federal crime, it is essential to retain a Los Angeles lawyer with experience handling federal cases.
Federal Courts in California
Federal courts throughout the country are divided into one of twelve circuits. All of California falls within the Ninth Circuit, which also includes districts in Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, as well as Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
California has four districts: Central District, Eastern District, Northern District, and Southern District.
The Central District of California includes the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. The district is divided into three divisions: the Eastern Division covering Riverside and San Bernardino Counties with a courthouse in Riverside; the Southern Division covering Orange County with a courthouse in Santa Ana; and the Western Division covering Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties with courthouses in Los Angeles.
The Southern District of California includes San Diego and Imperial Counties and has courthouses in El Centro and San Diego.
The Eastern District of California includes the Central Valley, from Bakersfield to Redding, and has courthouses in Fresno, Sacramento, Bakersfield, Redding, and Yosemite.
The Northern District of California includes Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma counties. There are courthouses in Eureka, Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose.