Federal Courts for Michigan Drug Cases


If you’ve been implicated in a federal crime, you need to enlist the services of a premier defense attorney early on in your case to avoid life-altering penalties. When you’re charged at a federal level, the potential punishments are oftentimes even more severe, making it crucial to start building your defense as soon as possible if you want to protect your future. The team at Grabel & Associates has experience defending the wrongfully accused on a federal level, and we are ready to step in at any stage of your case to battle on your behalf. We believe that everyone deserves a fair trial and will do everything in our power to ensure you receive the best available results in your case. If you need more information about how we can help you in your federal drug crime case, call our toll-free hotline. Skilled case analysts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to review the details of your case and provide you with a free initial case consultation. Pick up the phone and call us today to start fighting back.

The Difference Between States Crimes and Federal Crimes

It can be difficult to differentiate between state and federal crimes – Especially when the laws overlap. There are subtle indicators that you can look for, however, to determine if your case will be charged on a state or federal level. While a majority of crimes, such as murder, robbery, theft, rape, arson, etc., are violations of state law, there are times when the federal government has jurisdiction over them. For example, if the crime took place on federal land or involved federal officers, if the defendant crossed state lines during the crime, if the criminal conduct crossed state lines, or if immigration and customs violations were involved, the case will be handled by the federal government.

State and federal procedure varies greatly, so if you’re being charged with a federal offense, it’s important to make sure your attorney has ample experience working on federal criminal cases. Here are a few of the defining differences between state and federal procedure:

  • Federal judges are appointed by the president and serve for life while state court judges are appointed by the governor and must be re-elected when their term is up.
  • Assistant U.S. Attorneys prosecute federal crimes and state district attorneys or city attorneys handle state crimes.
  • Federal officers investigate federal offenses while police officers or county sheriffs are in charge of investigating state offenses.
  • Federal criminal cases often take longer to resolve.

It is possible to be charged in both state and federal court, so it’s crucial to have a skilled defense attorney on your side. Being proactive in your defense will help you get on track to receiving a favorable outcome. Don’t hesitate to reach out a lawyer that has experience working on federal cases early in your case, even if you merely suspect you are under investigation.

Federal Courts in Michigan

If you’ve been accused of a federal offense, you don’t have to travel far to handle your case. There are six cities in Michigan in which federal courts currently operate: Ann Arbor, Bay City, Detroit, Flint, Kalamazoo, and Port Huron. For more information about which court will handle your federal criminal case, reach out to the Grabel & Associates team. Our lawyers will review the details of your case and help you develop a plan of action to put you on track to being successful throughout every stage of your case.

Our Approach to Federal Criminal Cases

At Grabel & Associates, we understand every case is unique. We won’t group you in a box or offer pre-packaged approaches to your defense. A talented lawyer will thoroughly review every detail of your case and even conduct his or her own investigation if necessary before deciding on a legal approach. After we have all of the information, we’ll sit down with you and explore every option available and empower you to make a wise decision. We know that your federal criminal case will impact your future in some way, and we believe that putting control back in your hands is the best way to ensure you receive your desired outcome. If you want legal representation that truly has your best interest in mind, reach out to us today. We treat every case that comes across our desk as if it’s our own and will do everything in our power to ensure you have a fair shot at justice.

Contact Us for 24/7 Federal Criminal Defense

Getting connected with our team is simple. We’ll even provide you with a free initial case consultation to help you determine if we’re the right defense firm for you. Just call 1-800-342-7896 or fill out our online contact form to speak with an experienced case analyst. We’re willing to step in at any stage of your case and will provide you with the information necessary to be successful. Give us a call right now to start protecting your legal rights.


With Attorney's statewide, Grabel & Associates defend people accused of criminal charges throughout the state of Michigan including the communities of Lansing, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Pinconning, Kalamazoo, Mount Pleasant, Bay City, Saginaw, Brant, Traverse City, Ludington, Allegan, Hillsdale, Lapeer, Port Huron, Ann Arbor, and Detroit.