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Defense for Federal Offenses

The federal judicial process is lengthy and complex. If you have been accused of violating federal law, agents will begin an in-depth investigation to collect evidence. They will then hand over the information to a U.S. Attorney who will develop a case against you. The Federal Government will do everything in its power to prove guilt and pursue maximum punishments. The conviction penalties for a federal crime are severe and can include a lengthy prison sentence and/or high fines, not to mention the collateral consequences you face after completing your sentence. Because of what is involved and at stake in a federal criminal matter, it is essential that you obtain serious legal representation immediately.

At Deandra Grant Law, our Dallas federal crimes lawyers are prepared to deliver the counsel you need throughout your case. We have extensive experience handling complex criminal matters and are equipped with the resources, knowledge, and skills to build and present an aggressive defense. We care about the people we help and will do whatever is legally necessary to protect your rights and seek an optimal outcome in your case.

Our federal crimes attorneys in Dallas are ready to listen to your side of the story. Please contact usat (214) 225-7117 to schedule your consultation.

What Is a Federal Crime vs. a State Crime?

Broadly, federal and state crimes are similar in that they occur when someone has broken the law. That said, distinctions between the two exist. A federal crime is one where someone violates federal law, which is enacted by Congress. Federal laws generally prohibit illegal conduct that affects interstate or foreign commerce (essentially that it crosses state lines or country borders) or that occurs on federal property such as the Post Office or a national park.

In contrast, a state crime is one where someone violates a state law, which is enacted by state legislators. State laws concern acts that are confined to the state.

In some cases, a person may be accused of conduct that violates both state and federal laws. If this happens, the person may be prosecuted by the state government, the federal government, or both. Although the U.S. has a law prohibiting Double Jeopardy (no person can be tried for the same crime twice), that does not apply when a person's matter falls under state and federal jurisdiction. That is because Double Jeopardy forbids prosecution by the same sovereign, but state governments and the federal government are considered separate sovereigns.

Who Investigates Federal Crimes?

Agents from a federal law enforcement agency investigate federal crimes. The U.S. has several such agencies, with each handling separate matters. However, depending on the alleged conduct involved, multiple agencies may work together on a single case.

Below are some of the different agencies handling federal crimes and examples of what matters they take on:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Violent crimes, cybercrimes, white collar crimes
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA): Controlled substances offenses, such as drug trafficking or drug possession
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF): Illegal manufacture, sales, possession, or use of firearms
  • U.S. Secret Service: Cybercrimes, counterfeiting offenses
  • Homeland Security Investigation: Child exploitation, human trafficking

An investigation begins when someone reports an alleged violation of federal law. Agents will be dispatched to determine whether an offense has been committed and whether the person accused committed it. The agents will use a range of sophisticated investigative techniques to gather evidence.

Depending on the outcome of the investigation, agents will arrest a suspect and hand their file over to a federal prosecutor. The prosecutor determines whether sufficient evidence exists to pursue a case against the accused.

During a federal investigation, you have the right to remain silent and to have an attorney on your side. It is crucial that you exercise these rights, even at the early stages of your case, because what you do or say at the beginning can affect the outcome. Additionally, after conducting their own investigation, a defense lawyer may be able to seek to have the case dropped or lesser charges pursued.

At Deandra Grant Law, our federal crimes attorneys will stand up for you at every stage in your case. Speak with a member of our team as soon as possible.

What Are Some Common Federal Crimes?

The United States Code contains various statutes enumerating prohibited conduct. These laws cover numerous offenses ranging from controlled substances crimes to fraud crimes.

Common federal crimes include:

  • Drug trafficking: This offense is defined as the knowing and unlawful manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of a controlled or counterfeit substance. The penalties are tied to the type and amount of drugs involved.
  • Fraud: This is an umbrella term for conduct involving deception or deceit to defraud a person out of money or property. Examples of offenses include mortgage fraud, mail and wire fraud, identity fraud, bank fraud, counterfeiting, and health care fraud.
  • Firearms offenses: This covers acts such as unlawfully possessing, selling, or transporting deadly weapons.
  • Child pornography: This refers to the production, distribution, possession, or transportation of visual depictions of a person under 18 years of age engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Our federal crimes lawyers in Dallas handle all types of federal crimes. Regardless of what you have been accused of or how complex you believe your case is, you can turn to our firm for the defense you need.

What Are the Penalties for Federal Crimes?

Being convicted of a federal crime can result in serious sanctions. The exact penalties imposed will vary based on the offense committed and other variables.

Examples of conviction penalties for specific crimes are below:

  • Possessing child pornography (18 U.S.C. § 2252):
    • Up to 10 years of imprisonment and/or
    • A fine
  • Mail fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1341):
    • Up to 20 years of imprisonment and/or
    • A fine
  • Tax evasion (26 U.S.C. § 7201):
    • Up to 5 years of imprisonment and/or
    • Up to $100,000 in fines
  • Trafficking a Schedule I or II drug (21 U.S.C. § 841):
    • Up to 20 years of imprisonment and/or
    • Up to $1,000,000 in fines
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm (18 U.S.C. § 922(g)):
    • Up to 10 years of imprisonment and/or
    • A fine

In addition to incarceration and/or a fine, anyone found guilty of a federal offense can also face a bevy of collateral consequences. Collateral consequences arise from local, state, and/or federal regulations or laws. They can include being denied professional licenses or disqualified from federal benefits and affect a person for the rest of their life.

At Deandra Grant Law, we know what is at stake in federal criminal matters, which is why we do what it takes to seek to avoid or minimize penalties.

Delivering Sound Federal Criminal Defense

If you have been accused of a federal crime, please do not hesitate to contact our team. We will take the time to learn about the situation from your perspective, discuss your legal options, and develop a strategy tailored for you.

Get started with your defense by calling our Dallas federal crimes attorneys at (214) 225-7117 or contacting us online today.

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