State Criminal Defense Attorney

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Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

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This is a question that many people who are charged with a crime may ask themselves.

It is a valid question because there are many similarities between criminal law and charges that apply to both types of cases.

Many of the criminal charges that can be brought in a federal court or a state court can involve drug crimes, allegations of domestic violence and can result in jail time.

But the consequences of a charge in the two different courts are very different and could involve a different type of criminal defense attorney to represent you in the particular court.

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Whichever court you are charged in, you want an experienced criminal defense attorney for that type of court.

As we have stressed several times in previous articles written for your benefit and enlightenment, when you look for an attorney to represent you in a case after your arrest for whatever alleged crime, look for an attorney who is experienced with the type of case that you have and a defense attorney who is familiar with the court that you have been ordered to appear in.

At the Jimenez Law offices we work exclusively in the Indio courthouse which only deals with state court charges. We are experienced and knowledgeable in defending state law cases. If someone comes to us with a federal case, we refer them to someone that we know is similarly experienced in federal court as we are in state court. The nearest federal court is in Riverside. There are no federal courts in the Coachella Valley. You can still get arrested in the Coachella Valley for a federal offense. But you will be sent to court in Riversde or even Los Angeles.

What are state offenses as opposed to federal offense?

The State of California has certain laws that are contained in the state statutes enacted by the state legislature and signed into law by the state governor. Most of these laws are contained in the state’s Penal Code, Vehicle Code, Health and Safety Code and Welfare and Institutions Code. A few criminal laws are also in the Fish and Game Code and Business and Professions Code.

Federal criminal laws are enacted by congress and signed into law by the President of the United States. Many of the types of criminal activity that one can commit can be charged either as a state offense or a federal offense depending on the severity of the offense and what the federal prosecutors decide that they want to do with it. These are crimes such as drug offenses involving large amounts, bank robbery and kidnapping.

Is the punishment different in state and federal court?

Yes, it is.

We don’t want to tell you anymore than that a federal case can generally carry a longer prison sentence than a similar state case. You should consult a federal defense attorney for more specific advice. Be aware that there is a sentencing scheme set up in federal court that the judges have to follow. This is as opposed to state cases where a judge may have more discretion in sentencing. Federal prisons may be easier for people to do their time in (Martha Stewart and others). But no one wants to do any jail time. And that is why we fight it so vigorously!

REMEMBER!

Whether you think you may be committing a state offense or a federal crime, you still have all of the rights of the U.S. Constitution protecting you! You should still remain silent before AND after arrest. You should NOT consent to a search of your person, property or vehicle. Don’t snitch anyone else off. And do NOT ever think the cop is your friend!

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If you are arrested, call us at anytime.

Day or night, seven days a week at (760) 345-4777.

The Jimenez Law Offices are super lawyers and are here for you

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