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The level at which a crime is prosecuted depends on a few key factors:
So a single criminal act could potentially violate federal, state and city laws simultaneously. Prosecutors have discretion in deciding what level of charges to file based on the nature of the crime.
If charged, the court system that handles the case will depend on whether federal or state charges are filed:
So while the trial and sentencing phase differs significantly between courts, the basics of the underlying criminal procedure remain the same. Both federal and state courts presume defendants innocent unless proven guilty and require proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
There are many scenarios where criminal acts lead to both federal and state charges. Some examples include:
So in cases like these with complex, multi-jurisdictional criminal activity, prosecutors have tremendous discretion in deciding whether to pursue federal, state or concurrent charges against defendants.
A key consideration with facing both federal and state charges is how the multiple sentences interact:
The interaction of federal and state sentences varies greatly case-by-case based on prosecutorial discretion and judicial determinations. Defense attorneys can argue for concurrent, cooperative sentencing arrangements in appropriate cases.
Facing criminal prosecution at the state or federal level in New York can be daunting. An experienced NYC criminal defense lawyer can be invaluable in navigating these complex legal waters. Here are some tips on finding the right attorney:
Every case is different, but having the right attorney by your side can help achieve the most favorable outcome whether facing state or federal criminal prosecution.
For more information on the differences between federal and New York state crimes, please consult these additional resources:
I hope this overview has helped explain some of the key aspects differentiating federal and state criminal prosecutions in NYC. Let me know if you have any other questions!
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