You've been charged in the federal court. What makes it a case federal? Number one, you've been charged by the federal court. There are a number of charges that make things federal. Usually, they feel that you're a good target based on your record. Sometimes, there are cases that can only be federal such as IRS tax cases. There are crimes that are committed on federal property such as reckless driving on GW parkway- that makes it a federal case because it's on federal land. Cases on the Pentagon or military bases are also federal causes due to them being on federal land. If you are charged by the federal government and have to appear in Alexandria, you need a qualified criminal defense attorney. There are very few criminal defense attorneys in our area that go to federal court as much as I do. I used to be a public defender who worked exclusively federal cases before I started my practice here.