Federal Court Defense

Federal vs. State Court

Many people are understandably confused regarding jurisdiction of the federal courts versus that of state courts.  In the United States, there are at least two ways a person may be subject to federal court jurisdiction.  The first is to commit an offense that violates federal law such as mail fraud, which is a fraud committed by using mail that crosses state lines or involves the U.S. Postal Service. The second is committing an offense on federal property or against a federal agency.  

If  you are charged with a federal offense it is imperative to understand the penalties are often quite harsh and typically more so  than those of state court.  The federal government has substantial if not unlimited resources which may be used to conduct investigations and  prosecutions.  Penalties may include long prison sentences and very  high fines.

A person (or corporation) who is the target of the "feds" may be questioned or arrested by any number of federal agencies such as the FBI, DEA, ICE, IRS, U.S. Secret Service among  others.  Although less common, there is also the possibility of being charged in both federal court and state court.  For example, a person committing a bank robbery in Clearwater, Florida, could be prosecuted in  Pinellas County state court and in the Federal Middle District of Florida, Tampa, Florida. 

Board Certified Criminal Trial Expert, Edward Liebling, has extensive experience representing clients in the Federal Middle District of Florida and is licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.   Having a lawyer who understands the complexities of the federal court  system is essential.  Whether you're the target of an FBI investigation or have been charged in a criminal indictment, Mr. Liebling will  provide an honest assessment of your particular situation.

Mr. Liebling has extensive experience with practices and procedures in the Federal Middle District of Florida.  If you are facing prosecution in federal court your lawyer should be familiar with the federal rules of evidence, federal criminal procedure, federal sentencing guidelines and recent United States Supreme Court rulings.


Mr. Liebling's extensive experience in federal and state court also encompasses the representation of foreign nationals charged in the U.S. including those from Canada, Central and South America, Mexico, Jamaica, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Mr.Liebling is available for representation to those who have been charged or believe they may be.