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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
August 07, 2017

Dallas Drug Defense Attorney Explains When a Dog Sniff Violates Your Rights

If you love dogs like I do, you know that, when dogs first meet a person or another dog, the first thing they do is to smell the new acquaintance.  Some breeds of dog have remarkably good senses of smell.  For that reason, law enforcement has used trained dogs for many years to detect illegal drugs by smelling for them.  This is called a "dog sniff," says Dallas drug defense attorney John H...
Dallas Drug Defense Attorney Explains When a Dog Sniff Violates Your Rights
August 02, 2017

Major League Baseball & Trump Election: Dallas Fraud Lawyer On What They Share

They have both involved the federal crime of computer hacking under Title 18 US Code section 1930.  The Federal Crime of Computer Hacking:  From the 2016 Presidential Election to Major League Baseball United States intelligence agencies say they have proof that a group of Russian computer hackers, known as Fancy Bear, who was working with Russian intelligence, accessed computers of the ...
Major League Baseball & Trump Election: Dallas Fraud Lawyer On What They Share
August 01, 2017

Top Dallas Criminal Appeals Attorney Explains The Appeals Process

You have probably heard someone on television say that they plan to take their case "all the way to the Supreme Court." This has become a cliché that means that the person is determined, rather than a true indication of a legal strategy, says John Helms, top Dallas criminal appeals attorney. Most people who say it probably have very little idea what is involved in "taking" their case to the...
Top Dallas Criminal Appeals Attorney Explains The Appeals Process