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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.

How are state and federal courts different?

The United States has two kinds of courts, and depending on your allegedly criminal actions, you could end up defending yourself in either state or federal court. Both these courts have key differences; therefore, it's important you learn what those differences are so that you can better handle your legal proceedings.

How does the government spend its crime enforcement money?

If you were to ask the average person how the federal government is spending its crime-enforcement dollars, he or she would probably say it's spent on drug enforcement. However, a new report released by the Department of Justice last Thursday shows that the federal government is spending half of its crime-enforcement resources on immigration violations.

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