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Federal Charges in Dallas, Texas

In the United States, we have two different types of crimes: state-level crimes and federal crimes. The state legislatures create state laws, whereas Congress creates federal laws. State crimes are prosecuted in the state courts; federal crimes are prosecuted in the federal courts.

When a defendant is convicted of a state crime, they are sent to state jail or prison. On the other hand, when people are convicted of federal crimes, they are housed in federal prison.

By far, the vast majority of crimes are state crimes. For example, driving while intoxicated (DWI), most drug offenses, theft offenses, and violent crimes, such as assault and murder are tried in the state courts because they are state-level crimes.

Some crimes are both criminalized under state and federal law. Identity theft, for example, is a criminalized under Texas law and under federal law. When a criminal defendant violates state and federal law while committing one particular offense, the state and federal prosecutors will decide whether to prosecute the individual in state or federal court.

Examples of federal crimes, include but are not limited to:

  • Embezzlement
  • Kidnapping
  • Cyber crime
  • Drug trafficking
  • Bankruptcy fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Tax fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Health insurance fraud
  • Immigration fraud
  • Child pornography
  • RICO violations
  • Organized crime

Many federal crimes are what the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) refers to as “white collar crimes,” which are nonviolent, financially-motivated crimes; they’re often sophisticated schemes committed by business professionals who are frequently investigated by federal investigators from the FBI. As a rule, the FBI partners with other local, state, and federal agencies to track down and prosecute white collar criminals.

Facing Federal Charges?

If you are facing federal charges, you are urged to contact Dallas Federal Criminal Lawyer Peter Barrett. With over 25 years of experience, Attorney Barrett stands ready to defend you.

Call our federal criminal defense firm today to schedule a free consultation!