Federal

Federal Offenses

Any crimes against the United States Constitution or federal statutes constitute a federal offense. The federal legal system is uniquely distinct from the state-level. A federal criminal defense attorney is indispensable when facing federal charges.

DRUG CHARGES

Most criminal cases involving drug charges hinge around drug possession, but at the federal level the charges focus on the agreement to sell drugs. Federal drug charges can be filed without actually recovering illegal drugs. The distinction is an important one because evidence, such as statements, deemed inadmissible for a state trial can and may be admitted for federal trials. If you are facing federal drug charges in Texas, contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense lawyer.

FIREARMS CHARGES

Federal law makes it illegal for a person to import, produce, or conduct transactions in firearms across state lines without a federal firearms license. The transportation of certain types of weapons are prohibited as well. For instance, it is illegal for a person to transport any destructive device, such as bombs, grenades, rockets, etc. Federal law also prohibit certain types and modifications of firearms, such as machine guns or short-barrel shotguns.
It is also unlawful to present any false written or oral statements, false identification, or other information intended to deceive the dealer. Anyone who knowingly delivers, transports, or accepts any firearm with a serial number that has been altered or removed is in violation of federal law. Those convicted may result in a sentence of 5 to 10 years and or a hefty fine, though a sentence can always be increased if the weapon is used in connection with other crimes.
Evidence gathered through violation of the defendant's rights, such as through an unlawful search and seizure, may be suppressed. If you are facing federal firearms charges in Texas, contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense lawyer.

BANK FRAUD

Anyone convicted of defrauding a federally insured financial institution will face 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $1 million, or both. The definition of the federal statute can include everything from check kiting and forgery to opening accounts with false or stolen information and outright theft. Federal prosecutors must prove that the accused person was aware of their crime and acted knowingly. If you are facing bank fraud charges in Texas, contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense lawyer.

HEALTH CARE FRAUD

Federal law harshly penalizes anyone convicted of knowingly exploiting or defrauding health care programs. This may include the filing of false claims, making false records or statements, or failure to return over-payments to the government. Sentencing can include a fine up to $250,000 and up to 5 years in prison. If you are facing health care fraud charges in Texas, contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense lawyer..

MAIL FRAUD

Federal prosecutors can add mail fraud to many cases due to the broad application of the statute. Any intentional use of the mail system, including private carriers such as UPS and FedEx, to defraud someone constitutes mail fraud. This may include material misrepresentations and falsities intended to deceive sent through the mail. A conviction calls for fines and incarceration, and prosecutors may not need to prove the accused person's state of mind to establish alleged intent. If you have been accused of a federal crime, a criminal defense lawyer can help prevent the addition of charges like mail fraud to your case. Contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense lawyer.

WIRE FRAUD

The use of "interstate wire communications" to defraud another person is prohibited by federal law. This includes telephone calls, electronic communication such as fax machines or the internet, or even television. Any telemarketing schemes, phishing, and spam-related schemes fall under this category. Prosecutors only have to prove that it is reasonably foreseeable that wire communications will be used to commit fraud in order to establish guilt and intent. If you are facing wire fraud charges in Texas, contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense lawyer.

WELFARE FRAUD

Similar to insurance fraud, welfare fraud is the intentional submission of false or misleading information to a government agency in order to obtain a benefit. This charge can be brought against anyone who intentionally provides false information to even state level welfare programs, as those agencies provide assistance with federal funds. The charge must include a specific program or policy and must establish intent to defraud. If you are facing welfare fraud charges in Texas, contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense lawyer.

FORGERY

The crime of forgery is the making, altering, use, or possession of false writing to commit fraud. Examples range from writing another person's name on a check to falsifying personal records. In addition to being false, the writing must also be of legal significance. The punishment for a forgery conviction include incarceration, fines, and restitution. If you have been charged with forgery in Texas, contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense lawyer.

INSIDER TRADING

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) highly prioritizes the detection and prosecution of insider trading. Insider trading consists of the buying or selling of a security while possessing nonpublic information regarding that security, which often takes the form of unlawful 鍍ips・provided by corporate, banking, or government officials. Individuals face up to 20 years in prison and a $5 million fine for each count of insider trading. Many cases see the addition of other federal charges, such as wire fraud, which can increase the fines and prison sentences. If you have been charged with insider trading in Texas, contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense lawyer.

MONEY LAUNDERING

Federal law prohibits individuals from entering into a financial transaction using money generated from criminal actions with the intention to promote or conceal a criminal act. Such an act is referred to as money laundering, as it is considered an attempt to render dirty money・into clean, or lawfully obtained, money. The law also includes knowingly entering into a transaction in an amount greater than $10,000 with criminally obtained money. Most money laundering charges include a list of other charges, such as conspiracy, mail or wire fraud, and racketeering. Depending on the amount of money in question, the violation can result in 10 to 20 years in prison. If you have been charged with money laundering in Texas, contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense

COUNTERFEITING

A counterfeit is the unauthorized reproduction of goods and documents. Counterfeiting can include both fraudulent creations or the alteration of genuine ones. Currency is the most notorious instance of counterfeiting, though trademarks are frequent victims. The United States Congress holds the exclusive power to punish counterfeiting, making it a federal offense carrying penalties of a fine up to $250,000 and a prison sentence of 20 years. As with many federal crimes, prosecutors must establish criminal intent. If you have been charged with counterfeiting in Texas, contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense lawyer.

COMPUTER CRIMES

Federal law prohibits a wide spectrum of computer or electronic actions, such as unauthorized access to computer networks (hacking), sharing of copyrighted material without the owner's permission (piracy), and even cyber terrorism (attacking commercial or government websites). Many times computer crimes are in connection with other offenses, such as identity fraud, stalking, and online sex crimes. The penalties for computer crimes widely vary on the damage inflicted. If you have been charged with computer crimes in Texas, contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense lawyer.

CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN

There are a number of federal crimes related to children. While most of them involve physical and emotional abuse or neglect, such federal crimes include exploitation, such as through child pornography or sex trafficking of minors. Mandatory reporting laws require public officials such as school employees and police to report any signs of abuse or exploitation against a child. Among the charges with the severest penalties are statutory rape, child pornography, and abandonment. If you have been charged with crimes against children in Texas, contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense lawyer.

VIOLENT CRIMES

A crime of violence involves the attempt, threat, or actual use of physical force against another person or their property. It may be added to any other crime that poses a substantial risk of physical force of harm to another person during the course of committing the crime. Major offenses such as homicide, assault, kidnapping, sexual abuse, arson, and even domestic abuse against an intimate partner are punishable as violent crimes under federal law. If you have been charged with crimes of violence in Texas, contact the Loker Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced Federal Criminal Defense lawyer.