There is a significant distinction between state and federal charges, but for many people in Georgia, there may be a significant amount of confusion between the two. Before a person accused of any crime can proceed, understanding the differences between these two types of charges can be crucial to a favorable outcome. Those dealing with federal charges such as insurance or tax fraud may have extra considerations to take into account.
If you’re accused of committing a federal crime, your case will be handled by the federal courts rather than the court local to your state. The idea of standing before a federal judge can be understandably overwhelming, but no matter what court you appear in, you still retain the same rights and protections. Most importantly, you are still presumed innocent throughout the entirety of court proceedings.
Tax fraud: Allegations that could potentially place your case in federal rather than state court can vary. For instance, committing a crime that would usually be handled by the state can immediately become a federal issue simply by occurring on federal property. Others face federal charges for supposedly committing certain crimes in multiple states.
Federal procedures can also differ from those that are followed at the state level, and some prosecutors can and will attempt to use this to your advantage. With years of experience and knowledge behind us, our firm has a solid grasp on federal court procedures, and we refuse to let our clients be bullied into unfair and unjust corners. If you’re facing a federal charge — such as tax fraud — consider reading through the information that we have listed on our website in order to make the most informed decision possible.
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