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Darren Sharper tackled by state, federal assault charges

Former NFL star Darren Sharper is used to getting plenty of media attention, but over the past year it has been for all the wrong reasons.

Sharper was celebrated by the media and fans after helping the New Orleans Saints win the team’s first, and only, Super Bowl title in 2010. That same year, Sharper was named a Pro Bowler after a great season.

But this year has been a much different story for Sharper, who was accused of drugging and raping women in four states from 2013 to 2014. Police in California, Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana accused Sharper of raping at least nine women after drugging them with prescription sedatives.

The case was extremely complex as charges were filed in the four separate states as well as at the federal level. After spending more than a year in jail in California, Sharper’s lawyers said they had reached a plea deal in three of the states to close out the cases last month.

It was reported that would serve 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in Nevada and Arizona, and pleading no contest to charges in the state of California. This week, Sharper entered a not guilty plea in the federal case against him in New Orleans, but he is expected to change that plea.

For the federal rape charges, Sharper faces a mandatory life sentence, so it is likely that his lawyers are busy trying to work out a more favorable plea agreement.

As you can see, federal charges often carry sentences that are much harsher than they are for state crimes, which is why it’s extremely important to work with a criminal defense lawyer who has experience in federal court.

For more information on how federal criminal charges differ from state charges, please visit our website.

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