Collin County Federal Criminal Defense Attorney
Lawyer in Plano for Those Charged With Federal Crimes
When you are being investigated for potential criminal activity by a federal agency like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and of course, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), any resulting charges are almost always filed in a federal district court. Compared to state-level criminal offenses, federal crimes are generally considered more serious, and penalties for a conviction are usually harsher as well.
Attorney Darlina Crowder and the rest of the team at The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. understand that facing federal charges can be overwhelming for anyone. If you have been arrested and charged with committing a federal offense, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to help you build an aggressive defense.
Defense Counsel for the Eastern and Northern District of Texas
Federal law enforcement agencies and investigatory bodies generally have significantly more resources to use in the investigation of suspected criminal activities than local and state authorities do. Depending on the situation, the federal government's resources may seem virtually unlimited. Federal investigations commonly continue for many months before any arrests are made or formal charges are filed. As a result, there is often a substantial amount of evidence compiled by the time anyone is taken into custody. If you are under investigation by any federal agency, you need to contact a qualified defense attorney right away so that you can be sure that your rights are fully protected.
At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., we have more than 20 years of experience in the practice of criminal law at the federal level. We are equipped to help you defend against all types of federal charges, including:
- Child pornography - In many cases, accusations of possession or distribution of child pornography will result in federal charges because images or videos were allegedly transmitted through multiple states or countries via the internet.
- Sexual assault of a child - In some cases, offenses related to the sexual abuse of children or other forms of sexual assault may lead to charges being filed at the federal level.
- Sexual exploitation - Federal charges may apply if a person is accused of persuading, enticing, coercing, or employing minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct in order to produce child pornography.
- Human trafficking - This offense may involve forced labor in which a person is subject to involuntary servitude or debt bondage through force, fraud, or coercion. It may also involve sex trafficking in which people are recruited, transported, or harbored for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts.
- Alien smuggling - It is illegal to knowingly and willfully transport, harbor, or conceal people who are not authorized to enter the United States. These charges may also apply for those who induce immigrants to enter the U.S. illegally or who engaged in a conspiracy to aid and abet illegal immigration.
- White collar crimes - These offenses generally involve illegal financial transactions or the theft of money or information through fraud. They may include wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, or tax evasion.
- Healthcare fraud - Federal charges can arise when individuals or organizations deliberately misclassify services, submit false billing claims to Medicare or Medicaid, receive services through Medicare or Medicaid in someone else's name, or engage in other fraudulent activities to obtain money or benefits from a federal health system.
- Theft or misuse of public funds - It is illegal to defraud or misappropriate funds from any government agency or institution, including the military.
- Aggravated identity theft - This offense involves the possession or use of someone else's identifying information to commit felonies such as fraud, embezzlement, theft of public funds, theft from employee benefit plans, or immigration offenses.
- Drug trafficking - Transporting or distributing controlled substances across state lines or international borders may lead to federal drug charges.
- Drug conspiracy - Even if a person did not directly engage in drug trafficking, they may face federal charges if they were involved in a conspiracy related to the distribution or sale of controlled substances in multiple states or countries.
- Gun trafficking - Federal weapons trafficking charges may be brought against individuals or organizations who transport, import, sell, or otherwise distribute firearms across state lines or internationally without the required authorization.
- Unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon - Federal laws prohibit people who have been convicted of felonies from possessing or receiving guns or ammunition that were transported across state lines at any time. Federal charges may also apply in cases where a person possesses a firearm after they have been convicted of domestic violence, are subject to a domestic violence restraining order, or are a drug addict or an unlawful user of controlled substances.
- Conspiracy - Federal charges may be brought against individuals who are alleged to have worked together with others to commit a federal crime, such as fraud, money laundering, or human trafficking.
No matter what type of charges you are facing, you can depend on us to remain at your side every step of the way.
Protecting Your Rights and Your Future in Federal Court
Very few criminal offenses in the state of Texas carry mandatory minimum sentences. Federal offenses, however, are an entirely different story. At the federal level, mandatory minimum sentences apply to a variety of federal crimes, including most charges related to illegal drugs and offenses involving children.
Our team will make sure that you are fully aware of the charges being brought against you, as well as the potential penalties associated with a conviction. We will do everything in our power to assist you in avoiding a conviction. Our top priority is to protect your rights, your future, and your reputation.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
To learn more about The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. and our approach to defending against federal criminal charges, contact our office. Call 214-303-9600 for a free, no-obligation consultation and case review today. Our firm handles cases in the federal courthouses in Plano, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Texas.