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A large percentage of the federal cases that we handle revolve around the accusation of some sort of financial crime, such as wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, bankruptcy fraud, tax fraud, or conspiracy. For example, we recently represented the CEO of a local oil company who was charged as part of a billion-dollar securities fraud case out of the Eastern District of New York. That case was pending for three years and we were happy to eventually walk away with all of the charges against our client dismissed. In addition to financial crimes, we’ve represented people in public corruption cases, money laundering cases, and large-scale drug prosecutions.

What Are The Differences Between Federal And State Criminal Charges And Convictions?

If an individual is charged in state court, then the prosecuting agency will be the local district attorney’s office, the judges will be members of the state judiciary, and state law will be applied to the case. If an individual is charged in federal court, then the prosecution will be conducted by the United States Attorney’s office, the judges will be members of the federal judiciary, and federal law will be applied to the case.

There are no guarantee that a case will be handled at the state or federal level. There are many areas of overlapping jurisdiction. Our goal is to prevent charges from being filed in the first place, but if we’re unsuccessful, then we will usually be able to get some sense of whether the charges will be taken to the state or federal government.

The federal government generally handles more complex cases with interstate or international implications. State governments tend to prosecute simpler cases. Cases are investigated by a number of law enforcement agencies, some state and some federal. In many cases, a task force including both federal and state law enforcement agencies will conduct the investigation.

What Happens During The Initial Investigation In a Federal Criminal Case?

Generally, there are two types of federal criminal cases: proactive and reactive. In a proactive case, the law enforcement agency will begin investigating an individual or group who the agency believes is involved in criminal activity. Common investigative tools include wiretaps, search warrants, and/or subpoenas. A reactive case begins when someone reports that a crime has been committed, and law enforcement tries discover who did it and locate evidence.

Do They Have To Inform Me Of Exactly What I’m Being Investigated For In A Federal Case?

Law enforcement agents have no obligation to inform a suspect of the true nature of an investigation.

Should I Hire A Federal Criminal Defense Attorney In The Initial Stages Of A Criminal Investigation?

Our experience has shown that the earlier experienced counsel gets involved in a case, the higher the likelihood of the case being successfully resolved for the defense. Criminal investigations involve interrogations and many encounters that are unknown by the average person, so anyone facing a criminal case owes it to themselves to hire an expert to handle it.

For more information on Common Federal Criminal Cases In Texas, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (713) 364-0007 today.

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