Federal Crime Defense Attorneys

Serving Poughkeepsie and the Greater Hudson Valley, NY

Federal crimes are those criminal offenses that fall under federal, rather than state, jurisdiction. Federal crimes are investigated by federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Border Patrol (USBP) and are prosecuted by United States Attorneys, which is the federal equivalent of a state prosecuting attorney. Federal crimes are violations of federal law – the United States Code.

If you or someone you love has been accused of committing a federal offense – or are currently under investigation for a federal crime – our Poughkeepsie criminal defense attorneys are prepared to immediately work on your case.

Title 18 of the United States Code

Title 18 of the United States Code contains all federal criminal offenses and details on criminal procedure. Most federal criminal laws also have a corresponding code at the state level. For example, assault can be charged as a federal crime under Chapter 7, Title 18 of the USC. It is also a crime in New York under Article 120 of state penal law.

Federal Court vs. State Court

Criminal cases are handled in federal court when the alleged offense is a violation of federal law or a violation of the United States Constitution. In some criminal cases, both the state and federal courts may have jurisdiction. When a case could go either way, the state and the federal government will deliberate and decide which arena the case will in.

Below are some examples of cases that could be held in federal court:

  • Drug trafficking involving drugs transported across state lines or national borders.
  • Crimes committed on federal property (i.e. a New York national park)
  • Mail fraud
  • Violations of state law when state law is believed to violate the U.S. Constitution

Help for Cases in New York Federal Courts

There are four district courts in the state of New York – the United States District Courts:

  • Southern District
  • Eastern District
  • Northern District
  • Western District

The Southern District serves Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County. If you have been implicated in a federal crime, contact a defense attorney at Michael R. Varble & Associates, P.C. Our skilled criminal defense team is standing by ready to provide the tough defense you need at the federal level. Call us today for a free review of your case.

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Our attorneys have handled cases in more than half of the counties in the state. Contact us today to see how we can help you!

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Hudson Valley Lawyer

Poughkeepsie Address:

Michael R. Varble & Associates, P.C.
Hudson Valley Lawyer
40 Garden Street,
Suite 301,

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Local Phone: 845.363.6500

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