How do federal prosecutors decide when they want to pick up cases from state courts, particularly in drug cases?

How do federal prosecutors decide when they want to pick up cases from state courts, particularly in drug cases?

Norfolk, VA -

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Thaddeus Furlong

Thaddeus Furlong

Criminal Defense Attorney - Stafford, VA
Answered

There are many factors: did the drugs cross state lines, is it a large quantity where the penalties are stronger in federal court was the arrest the result of DEA or a Drug Task Force operation, did the money come from out of state sources, are the co-defendants in other states, is the informant working for the feds, etc. Usually the decision involved the size of the oiperation and whether federal wiretaps or other federal law enforcement assistance was involved.

Lu Aloupas

Lu Aloupas

Criminal Defense Attorney - Chesapeake, VA
Answered

I agree with Mr. Furlong.

Vikas Bajaj

Vikas Bajaj

Criminal Defense Attorney - San Diego, CA
Answered

In federal court, the question is one of numbers. If the quantity of narcotics is high enough, or the dollars great enough, the feds want it. Also consider Project Safe Neighborhood, legislation that attacks drugs and guns together as a important factor.

Stephen F Wallace

Stephen F Wallace

Federal Crime Lawyer - High Point, NC
Answered

If the crime violates a Federal law is the first issue they look at.

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