Understanding The Difference Between State And Federal Charges

There are important differences in state and federal cases. The applicable laws are different as well as the prosecuting authorities and potential consequences. It is important to speak with a criminal defense attorney right away about your criminal charges. At Napier & Napier, we have a strong history of criminal defense representation.

If you are charged with a crime, call our Rochester office at to discuss your case with a knowledgeable defense attorney.

What You Should Know About Federal Cases

In federal cases, one of the first considerations is whether the government will move to detain the individual charged with the crime. If the government chooses to do so, law enforcement and prosecutors have to prove one of two factors:

  • The person is a danger to the community.
  • The person is a flight risk to such a degree that no bail conditions would ensure their return.

So, one of the ways that a lawyer can help is to provide the court with enough information about the defendant that demonstrates the connections to the community and the lack of danger posed. We help our clients prepare for the detention hearing, where whether bail is set or not is determined, and work to avoid detention pending proceedings.

Why Aggressive Representation Is Crucial

In addition, federal cases typically have longer prison sentences than equivalent crimes in state court. A federal prosecutor may pursue drug crimes, theft, homicide and burglary depending on the circumstances. Given the amount of prison time a defendant is often facing, the case can be daunting, frustrating and pretty scary. The cases in federal court are high stakes, and you need a strong advocate on your side. Hiring an attorney is important, we explain why here.

Contact Us To Partner With A Strong Advocate

If you have been charged with a crime in state or federal court, call Napier & Napier at or send us an email. From our offices in Rochester, we can help clients throughout upstate New York.



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Napier & Napier is located in Rochester and serves clients throughout the surrounding area in New York.