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New Assistant U.S. Attorney positions in Charlotte to focus on violent crime

Last week, the Justice Department announced the creation of more than 300 Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) positions nationwide. It's the most significant expansion in decades.

What is mail fraud?

If you were accused of "mail fraud," you might not consider it to be a serious offense. It just doesn't sound very bad in terms of the various types of criminal charges one could be accused of. However, this common criminal charge could have serious criminal consequences -- especially because of the way it can serve to elevate any other criminal act connected with the mail fraud to the level of a federal crime.

What are the contrasts between state and federal prison?

Individuals accused of federal crimes often want to know the differences between state and federal prison. These individuals might have friends who have been to state prison and so they've heard stories about what it's like, but they might not have heard any stories about the federal prison system. Let's take a look at several of the most important differences between these two systems of incarceration.

Lawmakers propose ban on semiautomatic assault weapons

Two Democratic representatives introduced a bill that would ban assault weapons last Monday. The bill was introduced in response to the Feb. 14, 2018, mass shooting incident in Parkland, Florida, which resulted in 17 deaths at an area high school. The tragedy, the attacker fatally shot the victims with an AR-15 assault rifle. This rifle – among many other firearms classified as assault weapons – would be illegal under the proposed legislation.

Is my crime a state or federal crime?

State and federal laws render numerous types of drugs illegal. However, the legality of the same substances may be different from state to state and under federal law. As such, for the purpose of your criminal defense, it's important to know if you've been charged with a state or federal crime.

When do criminal cases get tried in federal court?

The vast majority of criminal trials are handled in the state and county court systems. However, in some circumstances, the federal court system will have jurisdiction and authority to decide the matter. Let's take a look at the five most common types of cases decided by federal courts:

Federal marijuana distribution penalties

North Carolina residents accused of crossing the state border while distributing marijuana -- or those who are accused of distributing large amounts of marijuana on federal property -- could find themselves facing federal marijuana distribution charges. Since marijuana is categorized as a Class 1 drug under federal law, these charges come with the threat of very serious consequences.

What's the federal mandatory minimum penalty for LSD trafficking?

The United States federal government has classified the hallucinogenic drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) as a Schedule 1 narcotic. That means that the federal government considers it to be one of the most dangerous types of drugs. As such, being convicted of trafficking LSD will come with serious mandatory punishments.

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