How does a federal crime differ from a state crime?

A federal crime is one that may be prosecuted in federal court. It is any crime that occurs on federal land or involves federal officers. Another instance of a federal crime is one in which the defendant crosses state lines.

A crime in which the conduct crosses state lines is also considered a federal crime. Furthermore, immigration and customs violations constitute federal crimes.

A state crime, on the other hand, is one that involves a violation of state law, and is prosecuted in state court. Most crimes, including murder, robbery, burglary, arson, theft and rape, are state crimes.

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