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Federal Crimes

Federal crimes consist of those offenses which violate United States federal law, cross interstate lines, or are committed on federal property. Thousands of crimes may be charged and prosecuted as federal crimes. They may be investigated by such federal agencies as the FBI, DEA, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), the IRS, Secret Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Border Patrol, and others. Being charged with a federal crime is a very serious legal matter which requires the services of a great lawyer, not just a good lawyer or one trained in state courts. A federal offense requires a great lawyer.

Areas of federal prosecution and / or investigation in which the Downey Law Firm has represented individual and corporate clients include:

  • Money Laundering
  • Environmental Pollution
  • False Statements to Federal Officers
  • Passport Fraud
  • Medicare Fraud
  • Weapon / Firearms Possession
  • Wire Fraud
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Conspiracy to Commit Narcotics Trafficking
  • Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering
  • Fraud
  • Counterterrorism
  • Social Security Fraud
  • Narcotics Trafficking
  • Mail Fraud
  • Criminal Forfeiture
  • Weapons Trafficking
  • Terrorism

Federal Charges

Federal charges are typically the result of long and detailed investigations conducted by agents working alongside federal prosecutors. They are complex and typically require the review of hundreds or even thousands of documents. A client facing a federal allegation should hire an attorney who has worked extensively in federal court and who has experience handling complex federal criminal allegations.

As a Texas criminal defense attorney, Mr. Downey has practiced in Federal Court since 1998. Our firm has defended corporations and individuals in federal investigations and in federal offenses. We have defended employees of multinational corporations on allegations of conspiracy, obstruction, violations of MARPOL, violations of environmental offenses, mail / wire fraud, money laundering, and a myriad of other offenses. Our attorneys have represented individuals in Enron as well as a corporation in the recent gas trading prosecutions. We have also defended physicians accused of violations of Medicare abuses totaling over $41 million dollars as well as numerous individuals charged with narcotics and weapons trafficking. Recently, our firm successfully defended a prominent national bodybuilding figure accused of distributing anabolic steroids. After a lengthy investigation and contentious litigation, the case was dismissed by the federal government shortly before it was scheduled for trial.

Our firm has been recognized for its superior legal ability and experience. When it comes to federal criminal defense, you should consider nothing less.

Accolades
Professional Memberships
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section
  • National College of DUI Defense
Professional Positions
  • Instructor, DWI "Top Gun" School , Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • Faculty, State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

  • Co-Chairman, Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory Serology Investigation Panel

  • Author, Instructing the Jury, 2012 State Bar of Texas Annual Advanced Criminal Law Seminar

  • Author, Subpoenaing Big Brother, 2010 TCDLA Annual Top Gun Seminar

  • Author, Picking a Skeptical Jury in A Short Amount of Time, 2008 TCDLA Annual Top Gun Seminar

  • Former Felony Prosecutor, Harris County District Attorney's Office

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