In a previous blog, we explained some of the general differences between Federal Court and the California State Court system. Now we will expand on some of the ways a case may end up in Federal Court as opposed to the California State Court system:
1. As stated earlier, Federal Court deals with Federal Crimes. Thus, if a person is alleged to have committed a Federal Crime, the case will be heard in Federal Court.
2. Another way a case may end up in Federal Court is if a civilian (non-military) commits a crime on a United States military base, in violation of a military code. Since the civilian is not subject to a military court marshal, their case must be heard before the Federal Court. The most common instance is a spouse receiving a DUI on a base.
3. Another way a case may end up in federal Court is if the alleged crime involves an act that crosses State borders. The most common example involves a crime that is committed over the internet, such as the trafficking of Child Pornography, etc.
4. Note: there are specific crimes as enumerated in Article Three of the United States Constitution, such as Treason, of which must be heard in Federal Court.
We hope that this gives you some general information about some of the ways a case may end up in Federal Court as opposed to the California State Court system. If you or a loved one needs the help of a federal criminal defense lawyer, call Wallin and Klarich today. Wallin and Klarich has a team of highly skilled, aggressive criminal defense attorneys ready to take your call 7 days week, 24 hours a day! Wallin and Klarich has been in the business of helping people with their Federal Criminal Defense matters for over 30 years and we would like to help you with yours! A qualified, experienced Federal Criminal Defense attorney from the firm will be able to evaluate your case when you call.