The federal criminal justice system is a mystery to many people who are facing charges. This can make it difficult to determine what they need to do. It is imperative for you to have an idea of the process so that you are armed to aim for the best result in your case.
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.
Every year, Congress passes a spending bill, a large document that essentially spells out the amount of taxpayer dollars allotted to pay for services provided by the federal government.