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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...
May 13, 2018

What is the Difference Between Federal and State Drug Offenses?

When a person is arrested on drug charges in Dallas, there can be a wide range of penalties based on the offenses that person violated. For example, drug distribution or intent to distribute is going to have a stiffer penalty than simple possession for personal use. However, things can change significantly if a person is arrested for federal drug charges as opposed to state drug charges. ...
What is the Difference Between Federal and State Drug Offenses?
April 26, 2018

Why Fraud Is a Common Type of White Collar Crime In Dallas

One of the most common types of white-collar crimes in Dallas is fraud. On the most basic level, most people understand that fraud has something to do with deceiving another person for some type of monetary gain. When a person is arrested for fraud, he or she may not think that this is a serious charge, but in fact, fraud is a serious criminal offense with penalties that include hefty fin...
Why Fraud Is a Common Type of White Collar Crime In Dallas
April 23, 2018

The Legal Standards for Embezzlement as a White-Collar Crime in Dallas

White-collar crime charges in Dallas are very serious, even though they don’t capture the public’s attention with the same intensity as violent crime. One of the reasons white-collar crimes get less attention is because they involve money, rather than violence, bodily injury, or death. The truth is, however, that many individuals are victims of white-collar crime, which impacts people on a ...
The Legal Standards for Embezzlement as a White-Collar Crime in Dallas
August 15, 2017

Federal Drug Trafficking Attorney Discusses Meth Trafficking

There have been recent reports about a 16-year-old boy who died after US Customs and Border Protection agents told him to drink from a bottle containing liquid methamphetamine. The boy was crossing the border from Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego, when agents inspected his backpack and found two bottles of liquid they believed to be liquid methamphetamine. The boy told the agents it was apple j...
Federal Drug Trafficking Attorney Discusses Meth Trafficking