Ocoee, FL asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Alabama

Q: How much money do I got to steal in a credit card fraud case for it to go to Federal court in Alabama

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Samuel G McKerall
Samuel G McKerall
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Gulf Shores, AL

A: Let me get this straight: You're about to go steal money by fraudulent use of credit cards and you want lawyers, who are officers of the courts, to advise you how much money you will need to steal in order to insure that you will be prosecuted in federal court rather than state court.

As officers of the court we cannot advise you as to how to commit a crime.

There's no way to answer your question anyway. Those types of cases can be brought in either state or federal court. There's sometimes a task force manned by federal and state authorities and the cases are developed by the task force and then the task force decides whether to prosecute in state or federal court. There's no set dividing line but in general the bigger the case the more likely it is to be brought in federal court. The case loads vary and so the same case that might be brought in federal court this year might be brought in state court next year. In some areas credit card cases will probably never be brought in state court and in others they would never be brought in federal court.

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