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Police task force in Louisiana pursuing criminals

Based on the crime alleged, an individual can face federal charges or state charges. This has to do with the nature of the crime as well as the type of crime. Federal crimes are crimes that are against federal law. State crimes are those crimes that the states can prosecute based on state law. A felony can fall into either one of these categories depending on the nature and circumstances surrounding the alleged criminal activity. Cases prosecuted in federal court or in state court may have different punishments.

Man in Louisiana arrested for drug possession

When charged with a crime, there is a marked difference in being charged with a misdemeanor and being charged with a felony. A misdemeanor is a lesser charge more or less. With a misdemeanor, the person that has been charged and processed through the legal system usually has to pay a fine and/or do some type of community service.

Drug-free zones in Louisiana

When a person is accused of using, possessing, selling or trafficking illegal drugs, the person can face criminal charges. A conviction on drug charges can change a person’s life. The penalties for drug charges in Louisiana are harsh. They can include large fines, long prison sentences, probation and more. They can affect a person’s ability to get a job, find stable housing or vote.

Requirements for having a case in federal court

There is a difference with being charged with a crime at the state level and being charged with a crime at the federal level. At the state level, the state handles the prosecution of the crime, meaning that the legal processes and procedures are state-facilitated and mandated. When a case is in federal court, however, the case follows federal rules and regulations, which can be different, depending on the type of case that is being prosecuted. There are certain cases that are only heard at a federal level. These cases include, but are not limited to, fraud cases, hate crimes, child pornography cases, kidnapping cases and computer crimes.

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