The majority of criminal charges are filed by local law enforcement and heard in state court. In certain situations, however, the federal government can step in to pursue the charges against an accused individual.
Different laws and proceedings govern these situations, and not all lawyers are licensed to represent clients at a federal level.
Dallas Federal Defense Attorney
The federal government taking over your case may seem intimidating, and it can be difficult to find an attorney with the best qualifications, but Richard C. McConathy and his legal team are experienced at defending clients at both state and federal levels. Whether you’re facing a drug trafficking or white collar offense, our team knows how to fight against your federal charges.
Facing a charge in Texas’ courts is bad enough, but when the federal government steps in for your case in Dallas, Irving, Carolton, Allen, Fort Worth, or the surrounding areas, you can turn to The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy to aggressively defend you. Call us at (972) 233-5700 today to schedule your free consultation with our Dallas criminal defense lawyers.
Information on Texas Federal Charges
- Federal Court in Texas
- Federal Drug Crimes in Dallas
- Federal Racketeering Charges
- Federal Fraud Offenses
- Possible Federal Charges
Federal court comes into play because there are laws at both state and national levels. For instance, both Texas and the United States have laws pertaining to the legality of fraud. Typically, the federal government only steps in on a case if the arrested individual is accused of an offense that affected more than one state, such as trafficking across state borders or major fraud charges. If a federal system is involved, like counterfeiting United States currency, the federal government may also intervene.
In the instance that the federal court decides to prosecute a case, the defendant must be represented by a lawyer who is licensed to practice before a federal court. For the defendant, however, it is also important that the lawyer has experience with the different rules and procedures of federal court. If convicted on a federal level, the accused faces a prison sentence in a federal jail, which are oftentimes more strict than county or state prisons.
Drug crimes are some of the most commonly pursued issues tried in federal court. With an increase in federal drug offenses looming, Congress passed the Controlled Substance Act in 1970, which set laws banning certain substances like marijuana, cocaine and heroin. It also established a cataloguing system for these drugs, sorting them into “schedules” which dictate the severity of their use or distribution.
This set of national laws is usually enforced by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which can override a state’s case against an individual in order to pursue drug activity on a larger scale.
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a piece of legislation that allows the federal government to prosecute the leader of criminal organizations, such as the Mafia, gangs, and corporations involved in fraud.
Under this Act, any member of an organization involved in crimes like money laundering, human trafficking, gambling or bribery within 10 years can be charged with racketeering. This charge is often pursued instead of individual crimes because it can be easier to prove. A racketeering charge carries the possibility of up to 20 years in prison and up to $25,000 per count, and any funds or other assets used during the crimes can be seized.
Federal charges can be filed against an individual if any type of federal service or agency is used. For instance, agencies like the IRS or Medicaid are tied to the federal government, meaning that any fraud committed against those agencies is a federal offense. In addition, any type of attempted fraud using the U.S. Postal system also falls under federal jurisdiction, including fraud through sites like eBay, Amazon, or other online retailers.
For federal benefits such as social security, attempts at false representation or fraud are very serious and handled at a federal level. For instance, if a person presents false information on their tax forms in order to qualify for more benefits, they face federal fraud charges.
Some charges often pursued at a federal level include:
- Counterfeiting — The Secret Service investigates the federal crime of counterfeiting U.S. currency.
- Weapons Charges — If a weapons charge involves a federal facility such as an airport, the federal government can take over the charges.
- Sex Crimes — Sexual crimes such as travelling to another state to engage in sex with a minor or sexual assault crimes in a federal facility such as a prison are under federal jurisdiction.
- Human Trafficking — Transporting workers across international borders for any purpose is a federal offense.
Find a Federal Defense Attorney in Dallas to Protect Your Future
To protect your future and keep yourself out of Federal prison, you need an attorney who knows how to confidently defend you in Federal court. Those facing federal charges in Dallas County, Denton County, Collin County, Wise County, Kaufman County, Parker County, Grayson County, Rockwall County, Johnson County, Ellis County, and Tarrant County can turn to The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy for skilled legal representation on a state and federal level.
Call (972) 233-5700 today to schedule your free consultation to discuss your federal charges.