While most criminal offenses are prosecuted in state court, the United States federal courts also have jurisdictions over certain types of criminal offenses.
In the federal courts in and around Hampden County, Massachusetts, the prosecuting attorneys with the United States Attorney's Office (USAO) prosecute criminal offenses.
Jurisdiction to prosecute the case within the federal criminal justice system can occur because the crime impacts interstate commerce, the crime occurred on land owned by the federal government or an Indian reservation, or the allegations involve a loss or harm to the federal government.
Criminal defense attorneys in federal court fight serious felony charges, minor federal offenses, petty felony offenses, and infractions.
Cases in the federal criminal justice system can include everything from tax evasion to drug or firearm charges, to civil rights violations.
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Lawyer Referral Service in Hampden County, MA - The Hampden County Bar Association (HCBA) sponsors a Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) from its offices in Springfield, Massachusetts. The service is recognized by the American Bar Association for helping individuals and businesses find a private attorney experienced in the needed practice area of the law. Hundreds of local attorneys participate in the service and have agreed to provide a 30 minute consultation in exchange for a $25.00 consultation fee. During the consultation, you can discuss the case with the attorney and the attorney fees needed for additional representation.