The United States of America has a set of criminal codes that is separate from the laws of Texas. When a person violates federal law, federal prosecutors with the Southern District of Texas will aggressively prosecute these crimes. If a person has been charged with a federal crime, it is important to hire an experienced federal defense attorney like Brett A. Podolsky to prepare an effective defense.
Federal crimes carry heavy penalties and the Law Office of Brett A. Podolsky will fight to protect your freedom. His tough, skilled representation can mean the difference between prison and your freedom.
Being convicted of a federal crime will result in extremely harsh penalties that will have far-reaching effects throughout a person’s life. Prison sentences for federal crimes are generally much longer than state sentences. Also, most people convicted of a federal crime will be placed on supervised release or federal probation. A felony conviction may result in the following:
Three main agencies investigate federal crimes: the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The vast majority of federal crimes are drug related, violent or white collar, like federal firearm charges, human trafficking, and capital murder. Below are additional examples of federal crimes.
Federal drug charges are different from state charges. Federal drug cases may involve large conspiracies or importation of drugs into the country or a state. The US Attorney’s office is the agency that levels the charge against an individual. Typically, by the time the charges are filed, a significant investigation has already taken place.
Most state narcotic charges qualify as a federal crime. They include:
The US Attorney’s office may also charge someone with drug conspiracy, making any drug charge more complicated and comes with more substantial penalties.
Federal drug charge penalties are much higher than state charges. The sentence depends on the weight of drugs recovered and the defendant’s criminal history. Punishment can include:
Those convicted of a federal drug crime may also lose their right to vote or own a firearm. They may have difficulty finding a job, furthering their education, starting and running a business, and maintaining personal relationships.
Robbery is defined as a person threatening injury or makes another person think they are in danger if they don’t provide what the robber wants. In the case of bank robbery, the robber typically wants cash but may be interested in other items banks hold for security.
Every case of bank robbery is unique, and specific charges and penalties vary in accordance with the circumstances. A convicted bank robber may face:
Since the federal government insures nearly every bank and credit union in Texas, almost all bank robbery charges are federal charges. The only time a bank robbery charge is not federalized is if the bank or credit union that was robbed was not insured by the FDIC, which is rare.
Wire fraud is the act of using any type of electronic communication to perpetrate a fraud or misrepresentation upon another person with the intention of obtaining money, goods, or services. Electronic communication includes email, the internet, radio, television, and the telephone.
Wire fraud becomes a federal charge when the crime affects a federal institution such as a bank.
The penalties for wire fraud include:
Also, anyone convicted of federal wire fraud will be ineligible for student loans and may have great difficulty finding employment.
A federal charge has many different steps. Each step has its own procedure and has its own purpose in a federal crime. It is important to retain an attorney such as Brett A. Podolsky as soon as possible in a federal procedure so that he may begin preparing an effective defense.
The following steps can be expected for most federal crimes:
Because of the serious nature of federal crimes, the importance of hiring a knowledgeable and experienced attorney increases. Attorney Brett Podolsky understands the federal system and will help his clients to navigate the federal justice system. He will fight for his clients to receive the best possible outcome for their case.