Houston Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Ed Chernoff
Under Investigation or Charged with a Federal Crime in Houston, Texas?
If you answered yes, you need to call federal criminal lawyer Ed Chernoff at Chernoff Law right away. The penalties for a federal conviction are devastating, you deserve the best federal criminal defense attorneys on your side. Call our law firm to schedule a confidential consultation about your case.
How Are Federal Crimes Different than State Crimes?
Federal crimes are those which violate Federal criminal law and are prosecuted by United States Attorneys before Federal Judges. When you are charged with a Federal offense, it is vital to have a strong and effective federal criminal defense attorney to avoid an inevitable prison sentence under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Your defense lawyer must be conversant in the Federal Judicial Process, which differs substantially from the State process.
The list of federal crimes grows each year. Only the United States Attorney is authorized to prosecute some of these crimes; for example, killing a Bald Eagle or illegal reentry of an alien. However, in many situations, both the State and the U.S. Government has jurisdiction to prosecute a particular crime. Drug cases are a good example. No matter the amount, it is a violation to possess cocaine under both Texas and United States statutes.
Types of Federal Crimes
In drug cases, the Federal prosecutors have a tendency to look at the bigger picture. Since their focus is on the country at large, the agencies that normally investigate for the Attorney General (FBI, DEA, ATF, ICE or IRS), interest themselves in large amount delivery cases or historical conspiracies involving many co-defendants. However, the magnitude of the crime is more important to the local U.S. Attorney than the investigative agency that made the case. We have had several large drug cases investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Federal offenses include:
- Illegal possession of controlled weapons under the National Firearms Act
- Money Laundering
- Tax evasion
- Immigration offenses
- Drug trafficking
- Mortgage Fraud
- Bank, Wire and Mail fraud
State and Federal prosecutors often share jurisdiction in theft and embezzlement cases as well. Mortgage fraud is a good example. False statements to a bank will usually implicate the United States Bank and Wire Fraud statutes, but also may may fit within the definition of Theft under the Texas State statutes. but whether it winds up in Federal Court will depend on the complexity of the scheme to defraud or the amount of loss. We have had several situations, where the case started in State court and the Feds took over, either because of the complexity of the case or because it was attached to something the FBI was already working on.
Federal Investigations Require An Experienced Federal Defense Attorney
Federal Agents are well trained, and well educated. Since many of the cases they are working on are white collar crimes they don’t involve the immediate need to stop a crime in progress, they are in no hurry to arrest. Their investigation may take years before it is ripe for indictment. They are particularly good at getting targets to talk to them, since their manner is not at all coercive. Our suggestion is, when an agent knocks on your door, contact your federal defense attorney. Any conversation you have with these agents could result in evidence against you.
You Need an Experienced Defense Attorney for Federal Charges
We are accomplished in defending our clients from overburdensome Federal charges. When available, we move to suppress statements or evidence taken in violation of our client’s Constitutional rights. At trial we energetically present our defenses and make the government prove its case. We challenge gaps in their evidence. We thoroughly investigate the evidence in possession of the United States, and conduct our own investigation. We rigorously cross-examine their witnesses and expose misidentifications, inconsistencies, exaggerations and lies. Our purpose is to create a reasonable doubt requiring acquittal or dismissal.
Call the Federal Crime Attorneys at Chernoff Law
Contact Chernoff Law if you are told or are even slightly suspicious that you are under federal investigation in Houston, Texas. This involves a federal investigation involving you, your company, your associates, or your family. You will need a federal criminal attorney, and we hope you call us first. We don’t charge for an initial consultation and it may be the most important call of your life!