What is a State Crime?
The Constitution of the United States allows states to govern themselves by creating specific statutes that define and prohibit criminal behavior. A state crime is any activity or omission that violates the legislation passed by the state. State crimes can include felonies and misdemeanors of different kinds, as well as other offenses. The devastation that comes from being charged with or investigated for a state offense can be overwhelming. In addition to long-term consequences, people may find themselves faced with the loss of employment and reputation, as well as the effects it may have on their family. Although the severity of the penalties for state crimes tend to be less than those of federal crimes, facing state charges may result in lengthy prison sentences; sometimes at a minimum of five, ten, fifteen, or twenty-five years depending on the severity of the offense.
If you or anyone you know is being investigated for or charged with a state crime, it is imperative that you contact an attorney who knows the local and state laws, and the various repercussions of the charges brought upon you. Brent Mayr, a Texas Board Certified attorney and former prosecutor, has unparalleled experience in state courts and can put his experience to work in your favor. Contact Brent Mayr today by calling our Houston, Texas office at (713) 808-9613 or contact us online.
What is the difference between a state and a federal crime?
It is not enough to differentiate state and federal crimes by saying that state crimes violate state legislation and federal crimes are concerned with the nation’s welfare. Most times, state offenses may overstep the state’s territory and become a federal offense. The Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution states that federal law trumps state law; therefore, any state law contradicting federal law will be considered “unconstitutional,” and any state case will be taken over by federal courts if it jeopardizes the safety and economy at the national level. For example, although prostitution is prosecuted at state courts, if the individuals have trespassed another state’s border, it will become a federal issue. Also, the penalties concerned with federal offenses tend to be significantly stiffer than those given in state courts.
Common State Crime
It is the responsibility of every state to develop law that outlines a standard for civil behavior, and defines and condemns criminal offenses. Some of the most common state crimes include but are not limited to:
- Criminally Negligent Homicide
- Theft and Robbery
- Drug Possession and Drug Distribution
- Driving While Intoxicated
- Intoxication Manslaughter
- Intoxication Assault
Unmatched Criminal Defense in Texas
Being investigated and facing charges for a state offense may jeopardize your future, your career, and the prestige of your family. Brent Mayr has years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, helping individuals across the entire state of Texas in both state and federal courts. Not only does Brent Mayr provide you with competent advice and representation; he understands the devastation that a difficult time like this may bring upon you and your family.
If you or a loved one has been charged or accused of a state offense, contact Brent Mayr to see how he can help guide you through this difficult time. Contact our Houston, Texas office by calling (713) 808-9613 or contact us online.