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Things to know about 'jurisdiction' if you are charged with a crime

For those accused of a crime, one of the first questions that often comes to mind is the potential penalty. You may have heard that state crimes and federal crimes come with different sentences, the latter usually being the harsher. But who decides whether the accused should face state or federal charges? Can the crime be either -- or both? The answer depends on a number of factors.

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