What Are The Common Criminal Cases That Your Firm Handles In Texas?
The most common criminal cases we see in federal court are drug cases, immigration cases and conspiracy cases. We are right on the border with Mexico, so the Western District is one of the busiest federal courts because of our numerous international ports of entry; our proximity to Mexico and the ongoing drug cartel operations on both sides of the border. We frequently see people being conned into believing that they’re going to do something they believe is perfectly legitimate, when in fact they are being recruited to become drug mules. Usually, they’re responding to some kind of Facebook employment ad for people to transport money for a Mexican business or Mexican money exchange house with the premise that that Mexican business simply wants to avoid paying Mexican taxes.
The person goes to Juarez, Mexico, takes the job, lends the purported employer his car for the alleged installation of a GPS, crosses into the U.S. through the port of entry and gets arrested. He or she is now facing numerous federal felony drug charges. He or she is also booked and set for their initial appearance and eventually their Preliminary and Detention Hearing. Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection are very good at profiling people, and they have sufficient technology and specialized canines to detect hidden drug loads. Many times, people don’t know that someone has concealed the drugs in their vehicle, but they are still arrested, charged and their vehicle may be completely dismantled or seized. They are taken to jail and eventually they will be indicted on federal charges. I represent a lot of people in these situations, as well as people who have been caught up in criminal conspiracies.
Generally speaking, the federal government conducts two types of investigations. One is the proactive investigation, where they establish a wiretap or are using an undercover agent or a confidential informant to obtain evidence against you. Wiretaps are extremely effective although they require quite a lot of evidence and a warrant authorized by a U.S. district court to intercept a suspect’s calls. It takes quite a bit of work to get there and it’s not an easy process. They usually have extremely good evidence. The other method they use is undercover agents or cooperating informants to penetrate or target the subjects that law enforcement feels are engaged in criminal activity. The informants or undercover agents identify the patterns and provide the evidence that lets federal agents obtain search, seizure and arrest warrants.
There’s also a growing trend in the federal side of sex crimes. Social media has become an instrument for all kinds of criminal activity or suspected criminal activity. We see individuals accused by the federal law enforcement agencies of enticing other people to have sex, traveling across interstate lines for sex, collecting child pornography, or engaging in the commercial sale of sex. Oftentimes, it involves minors. Those are extremely serious crimes with minimum prison terms of 10 years.
The other very broad area that is very prevalent in Texas is immigration cases. Generally, these people are deemed indigent. They don’t have the ability to hire attorneys. We also see a very large trend of people who have been persuaded or enticed to transport illegal aliens. This is another type of federal felony punishable by two years or more in federal prison. I’ve defended many of those cases successfully.
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