What are the advantages and disadvantages proceeding in federal criminal as opposed to a state prosecution, provided there is concurrent jurisdiction?

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There are many differences between local courts and federal courts that give each of them specific advantages. In fact, depending on the case and one's position within it, either one may be alternately beneficial for the same reasons.

Local courts are, obviously, smaller and deal primarily with local events and cases. Because of this, they can offer a more detailed look into the small actions that have occurred in the case, and they also pull their jury of peers from the surrounding community. Federal courts are larger and more complex, but they are rigorous, and use a body of peers from around the nation that is more representative of the national interests.

A local court offers the simplicity that may be beneficial in smaller cases. Additionally, it may benefit your case if you have an excellent reputation in your region - such as if you are a small business owner that has brought good money to the area.

On the flip side, a federal court offers a global perspective - dealing with...

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