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Federal Charges

In most cases, when an individual commits a crime in Texas, law enforcement officials in that city or county will investigate the case, make an arrest, and the criminal proceedings will take place in state court. However, alleged violations of federal law are federal offenses, that will be tried in federal court.

If you are charged with a federal crime, it is important to take the charges against you seriously. Many people mistakenly believe that federal prison isn’t as harsh or strict as state prison. But anytime your freedom is taken away from you, it is devastating, regardless of where you are imprisoned.  

Defense Attorney for Federal Charges in Dallas

Richard McConathy is an aggressive defense attorney with a deep understanding of the Texas criminal process. If you are facing federal charges in Dallas TX, Southlake, Highland Park, Plano, Carrollton, University Park,  Allen, Fort Worth, Denton, Arlington, Plano, Irving, or the surrounding areas, The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy has the resources necessary to ensure that your defense strategy is thoroughly prepared.

Having the right attorney on your side is essential to the outcome of your case. Richard McConathy will diligently prepare your defense and give you the best chance of avoiding the penalties associated with your alleged offense. Call Richard McConathy today at (972) 233-5700 to schedule your free consultation.

Information Center for Federal Charges in Texas

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Texas Federal Courts

Under the United States Constitution, the federal government has the jurisdiction to establish and enforce laws in certain circumstances. Federal jurisdiction includes actions that take place across state or national borders, action that involve federally regulated utilities and resources, like telecommunication systems, or actions that involve federal agencies. 

When an individual’s case is tried in a federal court, the defendant must be represented by a defense lawyer who is licensed to practice in federal court. Also, having a lawyer who is knowledgeable on federal laws and procedures could greatly impact the outcome of your case. If an individual is convicted of a federal offense, he or she will be forced to serve time in a federal prison.

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The Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, also known as RICO, is a law that allows for individuals involved in organized crime to be punished under federal law. This law allows for leaders and members of groups (the Mafia, gangs, and other criminal organizations) to be punished for crimes, even if prosecutors cannot sufficiently prove the underlying offenses. Racketeering charges can potentially lead to up to 20 years behind bars and fines of up to $25,000 per count. 

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Federal Offenses Involving Fraud

When an individual commits a fraudulent offense that occurs in multiple states or countries, involves an attempt to defraud a federal agency, or that utilizes a federal service (such as the U.S. Postal Service), he or she can be charged with a federal offense. Offenses that commonly result in federal charges include mail fraud and wire fraud, as well as crimes involving Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare.

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Federal Drug Charges

Federal agencies typically pursue crimes involving substantial amounts of illegal drugs, as well as drug offenses that involve transporting drugs across states or into the country. Drug trafficking is among the most commonly prosecuted federal drug crimes. If convicted of federal drug charges, individuals will often be forced to serve prison sentences that have mandatory minimums.

In many cases, the federal government will pursue white collar crimes against suspected drug traffickers if it cannot prove that they were actually involved in the drug trade. These charges might include money laundering, wire fraud, racketeering or other related offenses.

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Resources for Federal Charges in Dallas

Federal Bureau of Investigation – Dallas: The FBI’s mission is to protect the public from the most dangerous threats in the United States, while also upholding the nation’s economy, and physical/electronic infrastructure. The local FBI office is located at:

1 Justice Way
Dallas, TX 75220
Phone: (972) 559-5000

United States District Court – Northern District of Texas: This district court is responsible for hearing and trying cases involving federal offenses in the Northern District of Texas. It can be found at:

100 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75242
Phone: (214) 753-2200

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Dallas Fort Worth Defense Attorneys Fighting Federal Charges

When individuals are charged with federal crimes, having a criminal defense attorney who is licensed to operate in federal court is a necessity. Any federal charge is a serious matter that should be handled with diligence and precision. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy are equipped with the legal skill and knowledge necessary to handle your case.

If you are facing federal charges in Dallas TX, Allen, Irving, Plano, Fort Worth, Denton, McKinney, Arlington, or the surrounding areas, contact Richard C. McConathy today at (972) 233-5700 to schedule your free consultation.  

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Dallas, TX 75248

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Plano, TX 75093

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Plano, TX 75024

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Allen, TX 75013

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Fort Worth, TX 76102

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