Criminal Law

Criminal prosecution is generally handled by government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. Attorneys are found in federal enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency. The United States Attorney’s Office has 94 offices across the country. This prosecutorial arm has a Criminal Division broken down into three parts: Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, General Crimes Section, and Economic Crimes Section. State agencies include those such as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the state Attorney General’s Offices. Local offices are the city, county and/or district attorneys. Criminal defense is also handled by some state and local government entities, such as a county level public defender’s office, nonprofit or public service agencies such as Legal Aid Societies, and the private sector. Usually, law firms engaged in a criminal defense practice are small, private law firms, and will represent individuals facing drug charges, DUI, and other various misdemeanors and felonies. Occasionally, very small municipalities will contract with local firms to serve as their prosecutor.

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