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Federal & State Crimes 

New Jersey Federal and State Criminal Defense Services

Seasoned Attorneys Serving Clients in Morristown and Essex County

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.

At Whipple Azzarello, LLC, we proudly leverage our over 75 years of combined experience to provide federal and state criminal defense services to individuals and businesses throughout New Jersey. Our attorneys have worked extensively on both sides of the bench and are deeply familiar with all elements of the legal process at the state and federal levels. We are always ready to go to trial and have a strong track record of success. 

Our legal team can defend you against state and federal charges involving:

  • White-Collar Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
  • Drug Crimes
  • Traffic Crimes
  • Domestic Violence Crimes

Get the aggressive and compassionate defense representation you deserve by calling (973) 434-7788 or contacting us online. We offer free initial consultations.

  • “His commitment to excellence cannot be replicated.” - James B.
  • “A tough, fearless and savvy federal criminal defense attorney.” - Joseph A.
  • “Excellent attorney” - Martindale Reviewer

    The Difference Between State and Federal Crimes

    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 a 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 in a cost-effective manner. Our attorneys care about your case and will provide the individualized attention and level of care you need and deserve.

    Contact us online or call (973) 434-7788 to discuss your defense options. Payment plans are available.

    We handle each matter for each client as if it were our own

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