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The federal court system is complex

On the surface, you may believe that the federal court system and state court system are one in the same. However, if you are charged with a crime, you could soon find that nothing is further from the truth.

When facing federal criminal charges, you need to know what to expect. This includes the differences between the state and federal system.

There are many challenges associated with the federal court system, including but not limited to:

-- False statements. Making a false statement to a federal officer could lead to a 1001 charge, which is defined as "knowingly and willfully making false or fraudulent statements, or concealing information."

-- Sentencing guidelines. In federal court, the judge must consider a variety of factors when sentencing, including where you fall in regards to federal guidelines. The same is not true at the state level.

-- Federal procedures. Federal court and state court procedures are not one in the same. You need to know what the federal court expects, how you will be treated, and which strategy improves your chance of avoiding serious punishment.

The federal court system is and always has been complex. If you are dealing with a federal criminal charge, don't hesitate to contact our attorneys for advice. It is important that you rely on the guidance provided by a legal team with federal experience and knowledge.

You can also learn more on our website. Our "When You Face Federal Charges" webpage can provide you with the basics you have been looking for. From there, reach out to learn more about your specific situation.

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