Federal Crimes

Texarkana Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

What are the Differences Between State and Federal Crimes?

State crimes stem from alleged violations state statutes, and federal crimes stem from alleged violations of federal statutes. Federal statutes typically relate to nationwide issues, such as human trafficking, drug trafficking, federal tax crimes, federal fraud, and carry significant federal criminal penalties.

You may also be subject to federal penalties if you commit a criminal act that:

  • Occurs on property owned by the federal government
  • Involves federal employees or agents
  • Involves perpetration of the criminal act(s) across state lines
  • Involves violation of immigration laws or customs regulations

If you have been arrested for, accused of, or charged with a federal crime, you cannot afford to wait any longer to bring in an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect you. Attorney Jason Horton has been providing compassionate and personalized legal solutions to his clients in Texarkana for nearly 20 years, and we are prepared to help you pursue your best interests in court. Jason has an in-depth understanding of the federal criminal justice systems in Texas and Arkansas.

We have the inside knowledge you need to establish a strategic advantage in court. Call (903) 226-8335 now to schedule your free consultation. 

Can I be Charged in State AND Federal Court?

Unfortunately, there is a possibility that you could be prosecuted separately in both state and federal court if the crime in question involves a violation of federal law and a state law of either Texas or Arkansas. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you anticipate where your case is most likely to lead and how you can best prepare for prosecution in either forum (or both).


Commonly Asked Questions

Why is it important to hire a defense attorney with experience in federal drug crimes?

Hiring a defense attorney with experience in federal drug crimes is vital because the federal criminal justice system has its own set of rules, procedures, and penalties that differ from state systems. An attorney with federal court experience can navigate these complexities, understand the nuances of federal law, and provide a strategic defense. With nearly 20 years of experience, Attorney Jason Horton in Texarkana is well-versed in both Texas and Arkansas federal criminal justice systems, offering a significant advantage in court.

Can I face both state and federal charges for the same drug-related offense?

Yes, it is possible to face prosecution in both state and federal court for the same drug-related offense if the act violates both federal law and the state law of Texas or Arkansas. This situation can lead to separate trials and potentially cumulative penalties. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help navigate this complex legal scenario, anticipate where the case may lead, and prepare a comprehensive defense strategy for both state and federal courts.

Federal Crime Penalties

Penalties for federal crimes vary depending on the nature of the offense. Federal judges abide by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which could include sentences significantly higher than those issued in state courts. When federal crimes require punishment by incarceration, defendants are also sent to federal prison, rather than a state penitentiary or local jail.

Jason Horton Law built a reputation by providing versatile legal service with integrity, and we are prepared to do the same for you. Jason fights for your rights and best interests at every stage of your case, and he is always upfront about your likelihood of success. To help you get started, Jason is willing to provide a free, in-person consultation in order to help you understand the totality of your circumstances and make informed, strategic decisions going forward.

Contact Jason Horton Law online to get in touch with a federal criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.


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