Los Angeles Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
Everyone in California is under the jurisdiction of two distinct courts systems, the State Judiciary and the United States Judiciary. Crimes that are uniquely Californian (i.e. those that are prohibited by state statute, but not by federal law), such as texting while driving or conducting an unauthorized gambling operation, are prosecuted by the State of California. Crimes that are uniquely federal (such as bank robbery and wire fraud) are prosecuted by the federal government.
However, many serious crimes, such as drug, sex, and violent offenses, are prohibited by both Californian and federal law. These federal offenses are usually tried by the state, but, depending on the circumstances, could end up in a federal court or be tried by both courts in turn. How it plays out is up to the governments alone and neither you nor your lawyer can control that outcome.
Insights, Experience, & Knowledge of the Federal Process
What you can control, however, is whether or not you plan ahead for the possibility that your case could end up in federal court by hiring a skilled Los Angeles federal defense attorney from the very start. Not all lawyers have been admitted to the federal bar and many of those who have been admitted practice there very seldom. If you’ve committed a federal crime, whether it is uniquely federal or prohibited by both the federal and state governments, you should take great care to hire a lawyer who has the credentials and experience to handle your case through the entire process, such as those from Manshoory Law Group, APC.
Shaheen Manshoory has been admitted to all four of California’s United States District Courts, including the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts. He excels at defending complex cases and can walk you through the entire process with skill and dignity.
Examples of Federal Crimes in Los Angeles
A federal defense attorney is required for any case that is tried in federal court. Usually, these are restricted to cases that affect national security, cross state lines, or involve federal property.
These crimes include (but are not limited to):
- Bank robbery
- Wire fraud
- Federal property crimes
- Money laundering
- Organized crime
- Major art or jewelry theft
- White collar crimes
- Cyber crimes
- Hate crimes
- Human trafficking
- Child pornography
If you’ve been accused of any of these crimes, or have been informed that the FBI is investigating your case, get a Los Angeles federal defense attorney immediately before talking to the police or federal agents.
Dual Sovereignty vs. Double Jeopardy
Although rare, if you’ve committed a federal offense, your case may be tried twice – once in state court and once in federal court. The sentences will stack and can easily put you in prison for most, if not the rest of your life. Many clients mistakenly believe that if their case begins in one court they cannot be tried in another because of their constitutional protection against double jeopardy.
However, double jeopardy does not eliminate the possibility that your case may be tried twice. It only protects you from being tried twice by the same court jurisdiction or “sovereign.” Because federal crimes are prohibited by both the state and the federal government, these crimes are a dual offense against two separate sovereigns and thus may be prosecuted once by each. This is why if there is any chance that your case may end up in federal court, even if it begins in state court, you should hire a federal defense attorney in Los Angeles from the very beginning.
Consultation with Los Angeles Federal Criminal Lawyer
If you’ve been accused of a federal crime, you need help right away. Criminal defense lawyer in Las Angeles is available 24/7 to meet with you and answer your pressing questions. Our initial consultations are always free, so give us a call to discuss your case and see if we can help.