Types of Crimes

Federal & State Criminal Offenses

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you may be wondering what the difference is between a federal and state crime.  Put simply, a federal crime is an offense that violates federal laws, whereas a state crime breaks state laws.  In some situations, when an individual breaks the law he or she may face both federal and state criminal charges.

In the federal criminal justice system, criminal offenses are prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office.  Federal crimes involve infractions of the federal criminal code and cover a broad range of illegal activities from tax, Medicare and immigration fraud to computer crimes, international money laundering and drug trafficking.  If you are convicted of a crime in the federal system, your sentence will follow federal guidelines.  Federal crimes generally carry stiffer sentences than state crimes.  Additionally, the penalties imposed for a federal criminal offense may be harsher than those imposed at the state level.  This means that when you are being prosecuted by the federal government, you need to retain a criminal defense attorney with a strong track record of success defending clients in federal court.

In the State of New York, the District Attorney’s Office in the county where the crime was committed is responsible for prosecuting state crimes. There are 62 counties in New York with each county having its own elected district attorney. The process can be very confusing, particularly if you are unfamiliar with New York’s criminal justice system.  When an individual is convicted of a crime under New York law, the judge will consider the specific circumstances of the case, including the defendant’s background and involvement in the crime, to impose a sentence within the ranges permitted by law. Punishments can range from imprisonment or probation to monetary fines and penalties.

Experienced Defense Attorney Handling Federal and New York State Criminal Matters

Whether you have been charged with a federal offense or a crime under New York law, the criminal defense team at Sacco Tyner is fully prepared to handle your case. We understand that your life and liberty are at stake and we will do everything we can to protect your rights and fight back against the prosecution.  

Our lawyers are highly accomplished criminal trial lawyers who know what it takes to get successful results in both state and federal court.  No matter how routine or complicated you think your case may be, our firm will investigate every aspect of the charges you are facing so that we can build a powerful and winning defense strategy.  We are on your side and our attorneys are focused on achieving the best possible resolutions in all types of criminal matters, including:

Discuss Your Case with Our Schenectady Criminal Defense Attorneys

There is no “do-over” when you are charged with a crime - the outcome of your case can impact your life forever. With so much at stake you cannot afford to take a gamble with your future.  Contact us today to discuss your case with our experienced criminal defense team.  Initial consultations with our state and federal criminal law attorneys are always free and we are available 24/7/365. Call 866-642-3897.

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