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St. Louis Federal Crimes Lawyer

Defending Clients Who Are Facing Federal Crime Charges in Missouri

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Allegations of a federal offense have the potential to change your life forever, resulting in a loss of freedom and rights. Challenging federal charges may seem a daunting task, particularly when you consider the resources and clout of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and other federal agencies, not to mention the experience and manpower at the fingertips of federal prosecutors.

The St. Louis federal crime attorneys at The Hammer Law Firm, LLC recognize the serious nature of these charges and proceedings and utilize our own resources and experience to protect defendants' rights inside and outside of the federal courtroom.

Have you been accused of a federal crime? Call The Hammer Law Firm, LLC today at (314) 334-3807 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our federal crimes attorneys in St. Louis.

Federal Crime Cases We Handle

A federal crime is a criminal offense that is prosecuted under United States federal law, as opposed to state or local law. Federal crimes are violations of statutes and regulations established by the federal government, and they are investigated and prosecuted by federal law enforcement agencies

You can learn more about specific federal crimes and the steps our legal team can take to challenge these offenses by reviewing the following subjects:

Bank Fraud

This federal crime involves defrauding a financial institution. A person may face bank fraud charges for defrauding or attempting to defraud a bank or other similar institution, even if the scheme is unsuccessful. Devising the scheme and taking a step toward its completion may be sufficient for bank fraud charges.

Child Pornography

An extremely serious offense due to the fact that it is a sex crime that can be charged on a federal level, child pornography involves the possession, creation, distribution, or sale of pornographic material depicting minors. In addition to facing imprisonment and fines, a defendant convicted of this type of offense may face lifetime sex offender registration.

Drug Trafficking

Manufacturing, selling, possessing for sale, or distributing controlled substances may fall under the category of drug trafficking. When state lines or national borders are crossed or a substantial amount of drugs are involved, federal agencies are likely to investigate and prosecute these cases.


Taking and holding another person against his or her will is the basic definition of kidnapping, and if state lines or national borders are crossed or the victim is a government official, the FBI or other federal agencies may become involved. Depending on the case, a defendant may face life in prison for kidnapping.

RICO Charges

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Difference Between State & Federal Crimes

Federal and state crimes differ in several key ways, primarily based on the jurisdiction in which they are prosecuted and the laws that apply to them. Here are the main differences between federal and state crimes:

  • Jurisdiction: Federal crimes are offenses that violate laws established by the United States federal government, which has jurisdiction over matters that concern the entire country. Examples of federal crimes include offenses involving multiple states, offenses committed on federal property (e.g., military base, federal government building, Native American reservation, etc.), crimes against the goverment, and terrorist acts. State crimes are offenses that violate laws enacted by individual state governments. State crimes typically fall under the jurisdiction of state and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Legal Codes: Federal crimes are governed by the United States Code (U.S.C.), which is a collection of federal laws passed by Congress. These laws are applied consistently across all states and territories of the United States. However, state crimes are governed by state criminal codes, which vary from state to state. Each state has its own set of criminal laws and penalties, and these laws can differ significantly between states. State laws address a wide range of issues, including criminal offenses, family law, property law, and more.
  • Investigative Agencies: As we mentioned earlier, federal law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, DEA, and ATF, investigate and prosecute federal crimes. These agencies have jurisdiction nationwide. State and local law enforcement agencies, such as state police, city police, and county sheriff's departments, investigate and prosecute state crimes. They operate within the boundaries of their respective states.
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Choosing the Right Lawyer

The Hammer Law Firm provides tough representation for people facing tough criminal charges. Our St. Louis law firm is committed to pursuing justice for each of our clients and doing whatever it takes to protect their future. View some of our helpful videos to learn more about our firm.

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