Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer - State vs Federal Prosecution
Attorney John Helms, a Texas federal criminal defense lawyer, uses his experience in federal court to break down the ways a federal prosecution is different from state prosecution.
Dallas, TX / June 5, 2019 / -- If you have been charged with a federal crime, you should expect your case to be very different from a state criminal case. In many cases, being charged with a federal offense means you should expect to face tougher penalties if you’re convicted. However, there are other differences you should know about which are just important.
Here are a few ways in which a federal prosecution is different from a state prosecution, and why you should work with a Dallas criminal defense lawyer who has experience handling federal criminal cases if you’ve been charged with an offense in federal court.
Differences in How Prosecutors Work
At the federal level, prosecutors are known as United States attorneys, and their assistant lawyers are called assistant United States attorneys, or AUSAs for short. Generally, they have more resources than prosecutors who work at the state level. In addition to more resources, federal prosecutors also typically have fewer cases at any given time, which means more time to devote to each federal case.
By the time prosecutors at the federal level choose to file charges against an individual, it’s likely the prosecutors have already been investigating the person for quite some time. This is because federal crimes are typically more complex than committing a state crime. For example, a federal crime might cross state lines or even involve a crime or criminal enterprise operating in more than one country.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that state criminal charges in Texas aren’t serious. Rather, it’s important for people who have been charged with a federal crime to understand the severity of what they’re facing.
To learn more about state and federal prosecutions difference in judges, juries, penalties, bail and pretrial conditions, continue reading here.
About Attorney John Helms
For more than 20 years, Attorney John Helms has been providing valuable legal solutions when it matters most. Whether it was working in the US Court of Appeals, becoming a hard-hitting federal prosecutor, or successfully representing some of the largest corporations in the country, he has been the formidable legal counsel and litigator that gets the job done
The unique and critical breadth and depth of experience, his background includes more than two decades of extensive and accomplished legal practice. It is this unique and critical breadth and depth of experience that provides him with the insight and skill to productively represent his clients.