There is a significant distinction between state and federal charges, but for many people in Georgia, there may be a significant amount of confusion between the two. Before a person accused of any crime can proceed, understanding the differences between these two types of charges can be crucial to a favorable outcome. Those dealing with federal charges such as insurance or tax fraud may have extra considerations to take into account.
If you're accused of committing a federal crime, your case will be handled by the federal courts rather than the court local to your state. The idea of standing before a federal judge can be understandably overwhelming, but no matter what court you appear in, you still retain the same rights and protections. Most importantly, you are still presumed innocent throughout the entirety of court proceedings.