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The Secret Service is a federal investigative law enforcement agency founded in 1865. It was established as a branch of the U.S. Treasury Department to fight counterfeiting of U.S. currency. Counterfeiting was a serious problem at that time. It is estimated that, after the Civil War, approximately one-third of the currency in circulation was counterfeit. In 1901, after the assassination of President William McKinley, the Secret Service was given a second mission – to protect the President of the United States.
When you have been accused of a serious crime, jurisdiction is an important matter. The difference between state and federal charges can be significant. In the U.S., we have a federal government, and each state has its own legal system. Federal and state courts each hear specific types of cases (which is known as jurisdiction), and each legal system has specific laws and unique procedures.