Federal v. State Criminal Procedure

The first difference between the State and Federal Courts’ criminal procedure is that of uniformity: state court systems, laws procedure differ from state to state. Federal criminal procedure govern by uniform set of rules.

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What is an indictment?

An indictment is a formal accusation against an individual suspected of committing a crime. Indictments are generally only obtained for felony charges.

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How private are my conversations?

Some states have laws that differ from the federal approach. For example, in the State of California it is a crime to secretly record a conversation (unless all parties to the conversation consent to its recording). Law enforcement officers are entitled to record conversations under both federal and state law when certain conditions are met.

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State Felony Trials

Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors and consist of serious crimes such as murder, espionage, treason, rape, racketeering, fraud, battery or aggravated assault, and some cases of drug possession, among others

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What is criminal contempt?

Criminal contempt is generally regarded as a disobedient or open disrespect for the court. Even though it may arise out of a criminal or civil case, it punishes conduct that violates a court’s rule, rather than a penal statute or some criminal law.

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