Federal Defense in Dallas
Criminal Defense Attorney for Federal Offenses
Criminal charges can vary significantly, depending on the degree of the crime and the jurisdiction of the prosecution. With federal crimes, the stakes may be high, as most federal criminal charges carry sentences of time in federal prison along with significant fines. With representation from the Law Offices of Mark F. Fernandez, you can fully understand your charges and ensure protection of your rights throughout your case. Our team will work to build a defense that provides the most favorable outcome possible in any federal case.
How Federal Charges Differ From State Charges
The judicial process for state and federal criminal charges are similar; the biggest distinction is the jurisdiction of the prosecutor. Generally, individuals will be charged for crimes in the area where the crime took place, but in situations where charges occur in multiple states or the crime is explicitly labeled as a federal crime, prosecution will take place in federal court. While the process of building a defense is similar to that of general criminal defense, it is still important to have an attorney experienced in federal defense to represent your case, because the consequences of a conviction can be severe.
Common Federal Crimes
Certain crimes are always charged under federal law, while other crimes will only be considered federal cases if there are significant damages or issues with state jurisdiction. Here’s a closer look at just a few of the common areas of federal defense we cover in our practice:
- Drug charges – Federal drug charges are primarily related to trafficking and large-scale distribution or production. Cases of possession and sales of illegal drugs are generally prosecuted under state law, which can vary from state to state.
- White collar crimes – White collar crimes include fraud, identity theft, money laundering, and monetary scams. Because these cases are often not limited geographically and have particularly large damages, they are typically brought to federal courts.
- Violent crimes – Types of violent crimes that may constitute a case in federal court include bank robbery, gang activity, serial murder, and kidnapping.
- Social security and bank fraud – Because social security scams and bank fraud involve federal institutions, they will be charged under federal laws.
Facing any type of criminal charges can leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused, so you should not hesitate to seek representation in Dallas with the Law Offices of Mark F. Fernandez. Our lawyer will explain the charges brought against you and will keep you well-informed throughout the case. You can call us for a free consultation today at (214) 613-2186.