Dallas Federal Crimes Attorney
Decades of Experience to Fight for Your Best Outcome
If you have been accused of a federal crime, pick up the phone and call Peter Barrett as soon as possible. Peter Barrett is a Dallas federal criminal attorney with the resources and experience to defend you and protect your rights throughout your brush with the criminal justice system. With more than 25 years of experience, he can provide the wise counsel and strategic advocacy you need during this time.
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:
- Cyber crime
- Drug trafficking
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Identity theft
- Tax fraud
- Insurance 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.
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.
Federal Drug Crimes
The potential penalties for federal drug-related crimes are severe. If you have been charged with a federal drug crime, such as conspiracy, trafficking, or manufacturing of a controlled substance such as meth or cocaine, you need a competent, experienced representative on your side. The federal government often seeks harsh penalties for drug crimes and, if convicted, you could be hit with hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and spend decades in prison.
Financial and business-related crimes almost always come with a hefty price tag, to the tune of prison time, large fines, probation, restitution, and more.
It is imperative that you contact a Dallas federal crimes attorney if you have been charged with a business-related or financial crime such as:
- Securities fraud
- Tax evasion
- Money laundering
- Insider trading
- Insurance fraud
- Healthcare fraud
Healthcare fraud is a very serious offense, and the federal government does not take it lightly. If you are tried for healthcare fraud, you will have to face the Department of Justice’s own Health Care Fraud Unit, dedicated specifically to investigating and penalizing false claims. A conviction for healthcare fraud of any kind may result in massive fines, long-term prison sentences, and financial ruin for you and your loved ones.
Contact Dallas federal crimes attorney Peter Barrett immediately to gain a decisive advantage in your case.
Are the penalties for federal crimes higher than those in Texas?
Federal criminal law differs substantially from Texas state law. Peter Barrett has more than 25 years of practice before all federal courts in Texas. In certain cases, it might be advantageous to cooperate with the government and in other cases, this could be a terrible strategy.
Understanding how to proceed takes experience, knowledge, and an understanding of all the facts surrounding your case, which is why you need an experienced Dallas federal crimes lawyer like Peter Barrett on your side.
I’ve just been contacted by a federal agent about the charges against me. What should I do?
With the exception of a grand jury subpoena, citizens are typically underno obligation to speak to federal agents and/or prosecutors in response to substantive questioning. This general rule, however, has been tempered by recent case law which holds that silence in the face of non-custodial interrogation may be taken as an inference of guilt.
Whether you are a prime suspect or merely a collateral witness, there are virtually no circumstances where you would benefit by speaking to the government without first consulting a Dallas federal criminal lawyer. Instead, it is advisable to specifically articulate that, “I would like to have my attorney present before I speak with you.”
Defendants are often questioned during the execution of a search warrant.
Things to remember:
- You are under no obligation to speak with the government and you should respectfully request to speak with an attorney before answering questions
- Lying to a federal agent is a criminal offense
- In cases where no advance notice of a search is provided by the government, there is no obligation to remain on site or submit to substantive interviews
- Subjects should never alter or destroy evidence or otherwise obstruct the government’s investigation, as such conduct would also constitute separate criminal acts
What should I do if I have been served with a federal search warrant?
Frequently, federal investigators will attempt to speak with witnesses/employees in the course of delivering a grand jury subpoena. Anyone served with such a subpoena should consult a lawyer immediately. A subpoena will list the Assistant United States Attorney responsible for the investigation, which will provide a point of contact for the lawyer.
There are three types of subpoenas:
- Duces tecum (calling for production of documents)
- Both of the above
A federal subpoena is cumbersome to respond to, and extremely intimidating in how broadly worded they typically are. Your lawyer might be able to narrow the scope and direction so that compliance is much more targeted.
How are federal criminal sentences decided?
Under federal law, sentences are determined largely by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. This means that the starting point for determining a sentence is calculated by the level of the alleged offense. Criminal history is also taken into account to determine sentences in federal cases. Peter Barrett has vast experience in the favorable application of the United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines. This knowledge can sometimes make the difference in determining whether or not someone is sentenced to federal prison.