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Federal crime: a distinct universe unto itself

Most of our readers know, of course, that two separate systems of justice work in tandem in California and across the United States.

On the one hand, much alleged criminal activity is investigated and prosecuted by local authorities under state laws that address criminal offenses and related punishments. As a general matter, criminal law is -- for the most part -- deemed the proper focus of state officials.

Having said that, though, it remains true that federal law encompasses a vast sphere of subject matter, with enumerated offenses that run into the thousands and seem to be added to in almost exponential fashion.

One thing that can be said with certainty about federal crime investigation is that it is carried out in an exhaustive manner and with the aid of considerable resources.

In fact, and as we note on a website page at our Alameda County criminal defense law firm discussing the singular and distinct realm of federal crime, "federal prosecutors have nearly unlimited resources with which to investigate allegations of wrongdoing."

That means that, by the time an individual is arrested and charged with a federal crime, a truly impressive amount of evidence gathering has already occurred.

In other words: Prosecutors' claws are already well sharpened.

And their probes can encompass truly broad terrain, ranging from a focus on myriad white collar crimes to crimes such as murder, kidnapping, arson and additional offenses.

Much of the tough-on-crime policies authored in past decades were drafted by national legislators and made specifically applicable to federal crimes. As a result, it is far from an anomaly for a criminal defendant to receive a comparatively harsher sentence following a conviction for a federal crime than is the case when a state conviction is secured on a similar charge.

In summary, and as our website points out, "there is a world of difference between federal and state criminal charges."

Given that, any suspect facing federal charges might reasonably want to timely secure the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney well versed in federal criminal law for diligent legal representation that is unwaveringly focused on an optimal sentencing outcome.

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