The Difference between Local, State and Federal Laws

The laws that govern our local communities, states and country change all the time.

The U.S. Constitution is our first form of law. It provides the backbone to our way of government by establishing a governmental power and detailed its responsibilities. In addition, the U.S. Constitution allowed for the preservation of the basic rights of every citizen. Being aware of the different types of laws is a good thing. Here’s a quick outline to how our laws are divided.

Laws Based by Local Area

Local laws vary based on counties, cities, municipalities and towns.

• Misdemeanors/ Felonies

• Local safety

Laws Based by State

America consists of 50 states and several commonwealths and territories and each has varying laws that are unique to their territories.


Divorce and Family and Child Welfare

Public Assistance/ Medicaid Issues

Wills, inheritances and estates

Real estate and other property

Business Licenses/ Contracts

Laws Based by Federal

Federal laws are laws that concern all of the territories in the United States.


Social Security laws

Anti-discrimination and Civil Rights laws

Patent and Copyright laws