what's the difference between state and federal crimes

What’s the Difference Between State and Federal Crimes?

April 26, 2017

The differences between state and federal crimes may be complicated. Because laws overlap in the criminal sphere, criminal courts sometimes argue about in what venue a crime should be prosecuted.

If a crime occurs in one state, it’s typically considered a state crime if it expressly breaks a federal law. If a crime is committed in more than one state or the alleged activity crosses state lines or it occurs in context with a federal property, it may be considered a federal crime.