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What You Need to Know About Federal Crimes

New Jersey Federal Crimes Lawyers Explain What You Need to Know

Stiffer penalties and more aggressive prosecution for similar offenses

If you are accused of a federal crime, you face a much different prosecution in federal court than you would in state court for a state crime. The prosecutorial resources are different, as are the rules of court procedure. The penalties are often greater as well. Therefore, you need some assurance that the criminal defense attorney you choose won’t be overmatched on trial skills or get tripped up by the fine points of procedure. The Anthony Pope Law Firm has vast experience in the criminal division of the federal court, having taken numerous trials all the way to verdict. When you retain our firm, you get the advantage of more than 30 years of legal experience, and the following benefits:

  • Sharp trial skills that can match highly trained federal prosecutors
  • Advanced trial strategy based on our thorough knowledge of federal rules of criminal procedure
  • Our reputation for professionalism, integrity and success

How alleged crimes wind up in federal court

The United States operates under two systems of law: state and federal. State law governs standard crimes regardless of their severity. Capital murder is a very serious crime, but it isn’t enough to bring the case under federal jurisdiction. In fact, many federal crimes are comparatively minor offenses. What makes a crime a federal offense is one of the following factors:

  • The offense violates a federal statute Federal statutes are laws passed by Congress related to the federal government’s constitutional powers.
  • The offense violates a regulation established by a federal agency  Numerous agencies like the Food and Drug Administration or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have the power to enforce their provisions.
  • The offense took place on federal land Standard crimes committed in federal buildings or national parks become federal offenses.
  • The offense crossed state lines  The federal government has the power to regulate interstate commerce and to punish interstate crime.
  • The offense was committed through use of a federal service  Crimes committed through the U.S. Postal Service, for example, are federal crimes.
  • The offense was directed against a federal officer  Federal law protects federal government officials in the performance of their duties.

How federal cases differ in terms of investigation and prosecution

The most important thing for you to understand as a federal crime defendant is that you face a higher bar with regard to investigation and prosecution. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI investigate federal cases. There is no more professional and technologically sophisticated resource anywhere in the world. The FBI is very selective about whom they recruit and provides intense training to sharpen their investigative skills. The same is true of the how the DOJ hires and trains its prosecutors. Likewise, federal judges have proven themselves in state courts to earn their appointments. They are highly professional and demand high standards from the attorneys who appear before them. Newark attorney Anthony Pope has faced the cream of the prosecutorial crop in federal court, and he has earned the respect of tough-minded circuit court judges.

Contact a capable federal criminal defense law firm in New Jersey

The Anthony Pope Law Firm has the experience, skill and resources to fight for you against the FBI and Department of Justice. To schedule a consultation and case evaluation, call 973.536.2346 or contact our Newark office online.

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