Jurisdiction and Venue in White Collar Criminal Defense
Jurisdiction is the power and authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Jurisdiction relates to both the power over the subject matter, or criminal charge, and the person being charged with that crime. To decide whether the subject matter jurisdiction for the particular criminal charge exists, a party has to analyze the statute. Personal jurisdiction means that the trial court has the authority to try the person accused of the crime. Personal jurisdiction is achieved when the person appears before the trial judge either voluntarily or involuntarily. Venue relates to the geographic location where the prosecution and trial occurs. The Constitution provides that a criminal trial against a person will be held in the state where the crime was committed. Unlike subject matter jurisdiction which can be raised at any point in a criminal proceeding, a claim of improper venue is waived if not raised before trial. White collar criminal defense lawyer Stefanie C. Moon knows the procedural rules and will make sure your rights are protected.