Beware Interaction Of Federal, State Criminal Sentences

Law360, New York (December 4, 2012, 12:37 PM EST) -- An often overlooked area of criminal law is the relationship between a sentence to a federal term of imprisonment and a sentence to a state term of imprisonment. Although fact-specific, the interaction of these sentences can become rather complicated. To illustrate this interaction, the following example is presented.

A defendant is arrested by state authorities as a result of a joint investigation conducted by federal and state law enforcement officials. Prior to bond being set on the charge in state court, or even months after a...
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