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Some of my Federal practice involves people charged with Conspiracy to Possess, Manufacture or Distribute quantities of methaphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, and other drugs . Many of these cases are brought by multi-count indictments which charge multiple Defendants with Conspiracy to Possess with the intent to Distribute various amounts of drugs. As the Federal Courts move very swiftly, it is very important to contact an experienced Federal Criminal Defense attorney as soon as one knows or even suspects that he or she may face Federal criminal drug charges.
White Collar Crimes
White Collar crimes, such as Federal Mortgage Fraud, Mail & Wire fraud, Money Laundering, & Bank Fraud, are Federal Crimes which often involve lengthy investigations by Federal agencies such as the FBI, Secret Service, and U.S. Postal Inspectors. Many times a Federal Grand Jury investigates these crimes under the direction of a United States Attorney , and early contact with a Criminal Defense attorney is essential to effective defense of these charges. A great deal of my practice over the years has involved these type of cases. Federal Mortgage Fraud cases sometimes take years to develop and investigate; therefore, anyone considered a target of such investigations should involve an experienced Federal Criminal Defense Attorney as eary in the process as possible.
Computer Crimes and Internet Obscenity
Computer crimes and internet obscenity and child abuse charges have begun to take up the time and interest of Federal agencies and prosecutors. Many U.S. Attorneys' offices throughout the country have prosecutors assigned to these areas, and serious issues regarding privacy and constitutional guarantees against illegal search and seizure have arisen as a result of these type investigations. It has been my experience that innocent people can be charged with Federal crimes resulting from subpoenas to internet search engines.
Federal Income Tax Crimes
If you have been charged with a crime related to federal income tax such as tax evasion, tax fraud, failure to file a tax return, or money laundering, you may believe that you have no options. This is not the case—securing legal counsel that is both tenacious in its representation and creative in its problem-solving may make that critical difference in your case.
At the Houston-based Charles Johnson Law Firm, we provide this level of legal support to clients charged with IRS tax evasion and other serious tax crimes. Contact us today for support that is comprehensive in its scope.
Breaking up large sums of money and depositing it incrementally over a period of time to avoid having the bank report large deposits is a serious offense. If you are under investigation or have been charged with structuring or money laundering, rely on the attorneys who can help you through every aspect of the legal process—pre-indictment, indictment, trial, and even at the appellate court level.
Federal or State Tax Evasion
Even a minimal amount of earnings may obligate an individual to file a tax return. Perhaps you have avoided properly reporting all your income on filed tax returns for years or have simply failed to file tax returns in a single year. Perhaps you feel helpless in your situation. You need options. At the Charles Johnson Law Firm, we help provide you with creative options geared toward avoiding the sting of a criminal prosecution.
Minimizing the Impact
Regardless of how big you feel your criminal tax problem is, you have the opportunity of minimizing its impact. Before you respond to the IRS, before you call an accountant, contact the Charles Johnson Law Firm in Houston, Texas. We will support you through the entire legal process and help you, based on the facts of your matter, get the best possible results.
United States Sentencing Guidelines
All Federal Crimes are governed by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which at last count took up over 1700 pages in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manual. A good Federal defense attorney will have the Guidelines downloaded on his PDA. I find that it is not possible to represent anyone charged with a Federal Crime without a firm grasp of the Guidelines. Even with recently imposed Supreme Court limitations, the Guidelines are still very much a part of Federal Criminal cases.
While state cases are confined to the jurisdiction of individual states, Federal Crimes can be nationwide in scope. The U.S. Conspiracy statutes can be extremely broad, and an individual can be charged with a single "overt act" in a much broader conspiracy; in fact, may individuals I have represented did not even know the other persons charged in a Federal Indictment in which they themselves are charged.