In this video blog post, Mr. Petrus describes the circumstances under which a federal crime can be reduced to a state crime in New York. This occurs most often with federal drug investigations. In some federal drug investigations, the arresting federal agency may not discover enough narcotics to necessitate federal charges. If this is the situation, then the federal agency will hand the case down to state prosecutors.
Consequences for drug crimes at the state level are still severe, and therefore it is still important to hire a knowledgable drug crimes attorney to represent you in state court.
To view other informative videos from this series, visit the blog of Paul D. Petrus, Jr. at petruslaw.com.