What is the Difference Between State & Federal Crimes in North Carolina?

At Roberts Law Group, our skilled Raleigh criminal defense attorneys understand that the only thing more intimidating than being charged with a state crime in North Carolina is being charged with a federal crime.

Our experienced team of Wake County defense lawyers knows the differences between state and federal charges are complicated — even to those who are being charged — because laws can overlap, leaving our skilled attorneys to argue over jurisdiction, and in which courtroom the case should be argued.

We can help outline the differences between state and federal charges, so our clients are fully aware of the consequences they are facing from the prosecution.

To follow is a sample of those differences and is in no way is an exhaustive list of how both state and federal charges may differ.

If you have been charged with a state or federal crime in North Carolina, contact our skilled criminal defense attorneys in Raleigh today to learn about your unique charges and how they will impact your life going forward.

What are State Crimes?

Like all states, state criminal charges in North Carolina reflect behavior that violates state, city, county, town, or another municipal government’s statutes, which is based on where they occur.

These can include violations for everything from drug charges to sexual assault laws, which are formed solely by the state. Keep in mind, acts that may be legal in one state may be arrestable offenses in another, which is especially true when it comes to (although not only applicable to) gun laws and crimes.

When alleged criminal activity crosses state lines, is committed in more than one state, or if it purportedly occurs in or on federal property, it may be considered and charged as a federal crime.

What are Federal Crimes?

Federal crimes involve violations of federal statutes.

This could include, but is not limited to:

  • Counterfeiting
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Immigration Matters
  • IRS Violations
  • Kidnapping
  • Mail Fraud
  • Medicare or Medicaid Fraud
  • Violent Crimes

In short, federal laws address matters of national concern and are considered disputes that involve the U.S. Constitution and the laws passed by Congress.

If you are under investigation for or charged with a federal offense, you must partner with a criminal defense lawyer who is not only licensed to defend your rights in both state and federal jurisdictions but a team of defense attorneys who have experience in producing positive results for clients accused of federal offenses.

Contact Our Skilled Raleigh Crimes Defense Attorneys Today for a Free Case Evaluation

Contact our skilled criminal defense attorneys in Raleigh at the Roberts Law Group today by calling (919) 838-6643 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can empower you to take a stand and pursue real results.