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Federal and State Crimes


No matter the nature or specifics of the charges, both state and federal crimes are serious matters that can threaten your rights, freedom, and future. If you have been charged with a crime, it is important that you retain qualified legal representation as soon as possible. A capable lawyer can provide the defense and guidance you need to avoid prison time and other life-altering consequences.


Whether you are charged with a state crime, federal crime, or both will depend on the unique circumstances of your case. If you violate a state law within the boundaries of New Jersey, you may only be prosecuted by the state. If an offense crosses state lines, violates federal law, involves a federal employee, takes place on federal property, or attracts the attention of a federal agency, you may be charged with a federal crime. 

The federal government has historically gotten involved in crimes involving:

  • High-profile white-collar crimes, such as mail fraud, tax fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, and corporate fraud
  • Drug trafficking operations
  • Kidnapping
  • Bank robbery

Some offenses may result in both state and federal charges. This does not constitute double jeopardy, as the state government and federal government are considered two distinct entities. In these cases, there may be two separate trials and two sets of punishments if convicted at the state and federal levels.

In general, federal crimes are more serious than state crimes. The federal government often has greater prosecutorial resources, and punishments tend to be harsher than state equivalents. However, criminal charges at the state level can still result in decades of imprisonment and other damaging penalties. 

Our team at Whipple Azzarello, LLC includes a former federal defender and a former deputy chief. This gives us unique insight into how the federal government prosecutes cases and allows us to craft powerful defense strategies for our clients. We also have a complete understanding of how the state adjudicates a myriad of criminal offenses. 

We understand what is on the line when you are charged with a state or federal crime. Our New Jersey federal and state criminal defense services are designed to secure the best possible result cost-effectively. Our attorneys care about your case and will provide the individualized attention and level of care you need and deserve.

Unlike other firms that offer a broad range of legal services, Whipple Azzarello, LLC focuses its practice on criminal law and complex civil disputes. This enables us to offer tenacious and zealous representation to our clients. With a proven record of success, Whipple Azzarello, LLC is your "go-to" firm for resolving your legal disputes.

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Morristown, New Jersey

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