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December 17, 2018

Finch Smuggling to the US - Federal Defense Lawyer Educates

Federal Finch Smuggling Defense Lawyer in Dallas, Texas On December 12, 2018, an airline passenger was detained and arrested by US Customs and Border Protection for trying to smuggle 70 South American finches into the United States.  The birds were packed inside hair curlers and taken on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana to Kennedy Airport in New York.  The smuggler now faces substantial fine...
Finch Smuggling to the US - Federal Defense Lawyer Educates
November 01, 2018

Know the Penalties for Voter Fraud Before Voting in Midterm Elections

Voting is one of the most fundamental American rights. Normally, most people don’t really think about voting unless an election is approaching. Arguably, voting fraud wasn’t on many people’s radar until recently, when it became something of an issue in the last presidential election. In recent years, there have been news headlines about cases of voter fraud. In some instances, people have bee...
Know the Penalties for Voter Fraud Before Voting in Midterm Elections
October 09, 2018

Follow-Up: Dallas Criminal Lawyer’s Perspective on Botham Jean Shooting in Dallas

Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney and Former Federal Prosecutor John Helms has been a trial lawyer for more than 20 years and is uniquely positioned to evaluate cases from both sides– ensuring the best possible outcome for his clients. Law Enforcement Is Not “Smearing” Botham Jean. There is no doubt that the shooting of Botham Jean by an off-duty Dallas Police officer and his resulting death ...
Follow-Up: Dallas Criminal Lawyer’s Perspective on Botham Jean Shooting in Dallas
October 09, 2018

The Defense of Coercion in Federal Drug Cases in Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, and Sherman, Texas

What happens if drug traffickers threaten to harm a person’s family if the person does not transport drugs for the traffickers?  What if the trafficker threatens to kill the defendant right then and there if the defendant does not do as he is told and transport drugs?  The law that applies to federal drug trafficking and distribution cases in Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, and Sherman, Texas reco...
The Defense of Coercion in Federal Drug Cases in Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, and Sherman, Texas
September 15, 2018

Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Perspective on Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Story

Botham Jean, a 26-year-old unarmed black Caribbean man, was shot to death in his Dallas apartment on September 6, 2018, by a white female off-duty Dallas Police Officer named Amber Guyger.  Mr. Jean was in his apartment doing nothing wrong. The case has gained national attention because of the unusual explanation by Ms. Guyger. She claims that she mistakenly thought Mr. Jean’s apartment was h...
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer Perspective on Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Story
September 11, 2018

What Is Swatting? Dallas Lawyer for Best & Aggressive Criminal Defense Explains

Most people think of “swatting” as something you might do to shoo away a fly away. However, the term also refers to a dangerous — and increasingly popular — type of crime that has resulted in fatalities. According to FBI reports, there are about 400 swatting cases every year.   Swatting, which refers to a police SWAT team, occurs when an individual calls the police and makes a false claim tha...
What Is Swatting? Dallas Lawyer for Best & Aggressive Criminal Defense Explains
August 08, 2018

The Legal Standards for Insurance Fraud in Dallas

Fraud means using false statements or other types of deception in order to try to get money or property from someone else.. (1) There are many cagtegories of fraud.  Some refer to the means of communications used, such as mail fraud (using the mail or an interstate carrier to commit fraud), or wire fraud (using interstate wire communications, like telephone, fax, email, texts, or computer...
July 24, 2018

Why Federal Sentences for Distributing Meth are Longer Than for Cocaine

It would probably surprise most people to learn that, in practice, in many federal courts, a sentence for distributing 1.7 kilos of methamphetamine will be about the same as if the defendant had distributed 450 kilos of cocaine or 90 kilos of heroin.  Why is methamphetamine treated as SO much more serious than cocaine or heroin? There are two main reasons. Both have to do with the Federal S...
June 21, 2018

Why RICO Is Such a Serious Federal Crime in Dallas

Penalties for a federal crime in Dallas are significant, and anyone charged with these criminal offenses must take it seriously and secure an experienced legal team. Federal crimes involve violations of federal statutes, so the trial of anyone charged with these crimes would be in a federal court. It also means that anyone convicted of a federal crime faces often harsh federal sentencin...
Why RICO Is Such a Serious Federal Crime in Dallas
May 23, 2018

The Different Types of Charges for Drug Possession in Texas

When people are arrested for drug possession in Texas there are a wide range of possible penalties, depending on several factors. For example, in some states, people caught with more than 5 ounces of heroin can face prison sentences of as long as 10 years, because prosecutors often add what is known as an ‘intent to distribute’ charge to possession, which carries heavier penalties. In D...