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Federal Court Definition

Federal courts have limited jurisdiction, which means they can only hear matters approved explicitly by the United States Constitution or federal statutes. Federal felony and misdemeanor trials take place in federal district courts. The United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan are located in Detroit, Bay City, Ann Arbor, and Port Huron. Common offenses prosecuted in federal court include child pornography, drug charges, weapons cases, conspiracy (RICO), illegal re-entry into the United States, healthcare fraud, human trafficking, and many more. Potential penalties in federal court typically exceed potential outcomes in state prosecutions.

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