We typically handle federal crimes that constitute investigations of possession of child pornography, possession of large quantities of narcotics, money laundering, wire fraud and mill fraud.
What Is The Main Difference Between State And Federal Crimes?
Federal crimes are acts that are deemed illegal by the United States government. For example, the possession of large quantities of narcotics that end up being confiscated by the FBI or the DEA would be considered a federal crime. If a case involves drugs that were moved in interstate commerce, then the Feds will most likely be involved. If you possess a small quantity of weed and you’re not on a military base or federal property, then you will not be prosecuted by the federal government; you would have to be in possession of such a large quantity that it could impact interstate commerce. This is true for all of the different narcotics that we see, such as cocaine, marijuana, hashish, methamphetamine and heroin.
There are other types of crimes that will be prosecuted federally. For example, using the mail for fraudulent purposes would result in federal prosecution. If someone robs a federal institution, such as a bank, then that would be a federal crime and lead to federal prosecution. The act of engaging banking services to commit a crime would be investigated by the US Secret Services or FBI and would be prosecuted federally.
Since child pornography is transmitted over the internet, it almost always crosses state or international lines. As a result, crimes associated with the transmission of child pornography cannot be prosecuted effectively by any one state, so the federal government will investigate and prosecute those types of cases. If there is a distribution network involved in a case, then the federal government will be more effective at prosecuting it.
Outside of Bexar County, the Bexar County district attorney’s office has no power. The federal government divides the country into different sections. Our office practices in the Western District of Texas and in the Southern District of Texas. If you are in Detroit, Michigan and your narcotics end up in San Antonio, Texas or in Del Rio, Texas, then you can be brought to the Western District of Texas to face those charges. We will often deal with people who are not in Texas- and who, perhaps, have never even been to Texas- but will be prosecuted by the federal government in Texas because their conspiracy originated in Del Rio or San Antonio.
How Likely Am I To Be Arrested If I Am Being Investigated By Federal Authorities?
As soon as you become a person of interest, the FBI will typically knock on your door and say, “You’re under investigation, so we just need to talk to you.” Since most people are surprised that the FBI has come to talk to them, they will agree to speak with the FBI agents. However, that is a mistake. You should not talk to any federal agent, regardless of what they say to you. You need to hire a lawyer. Every time you’re interviewed by a federal agent, you run the risk of committing a crime. If you talk to them and discuss everything that might be going on, you could incriminate yourself. If you lie to the FBI, that is considered an obstruction of justice, which is an additional crime. So, not only do you have to be careful to avoid incriminating yourself, but you also have to be careful not to contradict something that they believe to be true.
You need to hire a lawyer immediately so that the lawyer can determine what is going on, whether or not you are being investigated, whether you are a witness or a defendant, and what the government’s purpose is in asking to speak with you. Whether it is the FBI, the DEA, or border patrol, the government will always be interested in talking to you in order to get your side of the story and to begin building an airtight prosecution. Once you have incriminated yourself or said something that they know not to be true, they can move forward with the prosecution. Regardless of what they threaten you with, you need to talk to a lawyer before speaking to them.