If you have been accused of a state crime, that does not mean it’s not serious. At first, you might be glad to hear that your crime is state rather than federal, but state crimes are still a big deal and can bring major consequences. Facing a state crime simply means that the crime that you are accused of falls under state jurisdiction. You could still face serious consequences, including fines and jail time.
What is a state crime?
State courts have broad jurisdiction so most crimes will be considered state crimes. A few state crimes include:
- Drug possession
Speaking generally, a state crime is any crime that involves individual citizens.
When do you need a lawyer?
People usually wait until they’ve been indicted to hire a lawyer, but it’s usually better to get your legal team sorted out early on. When you have a good lawyer on your side, they could protect you from getting indicted in the first place. In Texas, the defense’s lawyer usually can present evidence to convince the jury not to indict the defendant. At The Williams Firm, we almost always make a strong attempt to stop the indictment or get you indicted on a lesser charge.
What Could Happen if You are Convicted
State crimes can carry penalties that are just as harsh as federal crimes, they just don’t count as crimes against the government and are not committed on federal property. You could still be required to pay large fines or even serve a long jail term.
The exact results of your criminal investigation will depend on the crime that you have been accused of. The Williams Firm represents people charged with all sorts of state crimes, and we are very familiar with the Texas court system and how to get charges reduced or thrown out if that is a possibility in your unique situation.
If you are accused of a state crime, especially if you are unfamiliar with the court system, it can be overwhelming and scary. While criminal charges are always a big deal, The Williams Group can help you feel less overwhelmed. We take pride in always making sure that our clients understand what is going on every step of the way. We’re focused on treating all of our clients with compassion while making sure that they receive the best defense possible.
If you have been accused of a state crime, you need to contact a lawyer right away. These kinds of accusations don’t go away if you ignore them: they only get worse. By getting in touch with The Williams Firm, you can take the first step toward a great criminal defense and putting this time behind you. Our lawyers will protect your rights and make sure that you receive a vigorous defense in a court of law, as well as appeal your course after conviction if necessary. We can help. Give us a call today if you have been accused of a Texas state crime.