Our Dallas Federal Defense Lawyer Protects Rights of Accused
Usually, when you are charged with a crime, you are prosecuted in the state where the allegations occurred. Nonetheless, a wide variety of crimes can fall under federal jurisdiction. Drug-trafficking, extortion, mail fraud, tax evasion, possession of child pornography, and other crimes can be tried in federal courts. Procedures and defenses in federal and state court are very different matters. Furthermore, a federal conviction can carry much harsher penalties and extended sentences than state convictions. If you face the possibility a federal conviction, then you should contact a Dallas federal defense lawyer that is knowledgeable and experienced with these cases.
Our law firm was founded by a former Assistant District Attorney and chief prosecutor with the District Attorney’s office. As a result of this experience, attorney Mike Goolsby knows how to build a strong defense. Federal criminal law can be confusing, lengthy, expensive and damaging to your name. However, a federal criminal defense lawyer can take steps to mitigate your risk of serious penalties and protect your best interests. With over 25 years of experience, we are prepared to build a defense that protects your best interests.
What Are the Differences Between Federal and State Court?
If you are charged with a criminal offense, then your situation is already serious. Then, if you are facing prosecution in a federal court, then the consequences could be even more life-altering. The results for defendants in state court are often dramatically different than results for a similar crime in federal court. Drug crimes are a case in point. As various drug offenses are covered by both state and federal legislation, you can find yourself in state court or federal court for very similar offenses. However, depending on the charges, a conviction in state court can result in probation. On the other hand, an equivalent conviction in federal court can result in prison time.
Sentences and consequences in a federal court are much harsher for several reasons. One is that the judge is constrained by federal sentencing guidelines, and does not have as much leeway for leniency as compared to his or her equivalent state counterpart. The consequences are not simply limited to the sentence imposed; if your sentence is given by state court then you might be paroled after serving only a few years of the sentence. In the federal system, however, parole has been abolished and you may serve 85 percent of any sentence handed down.
Federal crimes are investigated by agencies such as the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), and others. These agencies have enormous budgets and can mount investigations that can last months or even years.
What Is the Organized Crime Act?
As a rule, federal criminal cases follow laws from the 1970’s Organized Crime Act. Today, the most-used part of this legislation is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). In general, a “racket” is defined as any criminal organization conducting crimes as regular business. Since these allegations are serious, contacting a federal criminal attorney is paramount. A criminal defense lawyer can help determine if you knowingly participated in racketeering. In addition, an attorney can work to reduce allegations to build your defense. There are around 35 crimes that fall under RICO law. Our firm has experience defending businesses and individuals against allegations of:
- Fraud: Usually, fraud claims involve money laundering. Money laundering involves obtaining funds from illegal sources. This includes drug sales, fraud, gambling and tax evasion.
- Gambling: In many cases, money laundering involves gambling. Obtaining and concealing illegally obtained money can result in charges.
- Extortion: Also known as bribery, extortion claims involve offering, receiving, giving or using money or assets for a favorable outcome. For instance, someone may give gifts to a boss to influence a promotion.
- Insider Trading: As a rule, insider trading involves private information being used in the stock market. For these charges to stick, it must be proven you sold securities while holding private information.
Arrested for a Federal Crime? Contact Firm for Free Consultation Today
Discover you are under investigation for a federal crime? Arrested for a serious violation? Unfortunately, federal charges are very serious and can have life-altering consequences. Even allegations can tarnish your name. Therefore, you need a seasoned an experienced defense attorney that understands federal court procedures and federal law. After all, the federal government and their prosecutors have considerable resources and are committed to achieving a conviction. A legal professional can help you reduce risk and build a defense.
Regardless of the type of crime of you stand accused, we can help. Do not put your future liberty in the hands of the public defender. You need to select your defense team with care. At the Goolsby Law Firm, our success comes from our experience and compassion. We can scrutinize evidence, cross-examine witnesses and review reports to find a narrative that strengthens your case. Call 972-394-2141 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.