Federal Criminal Law FAQs by Federal Defense Attorney
Can I be convicted under state and federal criminal law if I only committed one crime?
Yes. A crime committed under California law can also violate federal law. This means that even if you are convicted of a crime in California, you might still be facing federal charges. You will be punished under both California and federal law.
Is the use of medical marijuana a Federal crime?
The possession and use of medicinal marijuana is indeed a federal crime under the Controlled Substance Act. It is legal in California under the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. In most circumstances, a federal law will override a state law if they directly conflict. There are certain legal technicalities that make California’s law slightly different so that it would not be overridden by the federal law. As long as you use medicinal marijuana within the guidelines of state law, you will not be subjected to charges from the state, but you may still be subjected to criminal penalties under federal law. The current Obama administration has instructed federal agencies not to go after people using medicinal marijuana under state law. This may provide a sigh of relief, but you must still follow the medical marijuana laws of California to avoid criminal prosecution.
If my charges were dropped in State court, does that mean it will be dismissed in Federal court?
No. Having your case dismissed in state court does not necessarily mean that it will get dismissed in federal court and vice versa. That is why it is important to have an experienced federal defense attorney to defend your rights.
What is the statute of limitations for federal crimes?
Most federal crimes have a statute of limitation of five years from the time the crime was committed. There is no statute of limitations for federal crimes punishable by death, crimes of terrorism, and certain federal sex offenses. Hence the importance of speaking with a federal defense attorney if you’re facing a federal charge.
What federal defense attorney should I hire if I’m being accused of a federal crime?
If you or a loved one is being charged with a federal crime, you must act immediately and contact a federal defense attorney at Wallin & Klarich. You must act immediately, for the consequences for a federal crime conviction are way more sever than the sentencing and penalties for a state crime conviction. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 40 years of experience defending clients facing federal charges throughout Southern California. With offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Victorville, West Covina and San Diego, our team of professionals will be there when you call.
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