Category Archives: Federal Government Watch

Federal Conspiracy to Distribute Case: Reduced 73.5%

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The John Wiley Price Case: a Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Predictions

First things first, the recent arrest of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is a big deal here in Dallas.   News of the FBI arresting Mr. Price on corruption charges came as a huge shock to many people in our neck of the woods. Some folk are still reeling from the news.   Why?…


Get Your Federal Drug Sentence Reduced: New Retroactive Reduction of Federal Sentences

Last week, people serving time behind bars for federal drug crimes got some great news.  The agency in charge of federal sentencing changed its policy.  Now, thousands of prisoners will be able to get an early release from federal prisons around the country. People who are already serving time on federal drug convictions may be…


TOP 10 DEFENSE MISTAKES IN FEDERAL CONSPIRACY CASES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

Tips on Defending Against Federal Conspiracy Charges by an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer As a Texas Board Certified Criminal Lawyer, I have practiced criminal law exclusively for over twenty years in the State of Texas, where federal prosecutions are almost as commonplace as state and local charges. For example, 2 of the top 5 federal…


Seal Broken by Judge Today and Now We Know How The Police Are Eavesdropping on Public With Stingray Devices

For a long while, criminal defense lawyers along with civil rights activists as well as citizens who have been arrested by law enforcement in Police Departments all over the country have known that police have been using new technology to eavesdrop on phone calls and text messages. That’s not news. It’s been a real big…


SYNTHETIC DRUG BUSTS: FEDERAL ARRESTS FOR FAKE POT AND DESIGNER DRUGS THAT ARE LEGAL UNDER STATE LAW

Did You Know That Synthetic Drugs are Illegal Under Federal Law – No Matter How Legal They’re Promised to Be? Synthetic marijuana, synthetic drugs, designer drugs — maybe you recognize them with names like Spice, K2, “herbal incense,” “bath salts,” Molly, or Scooby Snax.  They have never been more popular than they are today here…


The Forfeiture Epidemic: When the Government Just Takes Your Property and Keeps It

Many people here in Dallas and around the State of Texas naively assume that their property is theirs, protected by state laws and the federal Constitution from being taken from them without legal due process. They are wrong. There are laws on the books, passed by the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress, that allow…


Federal Synthetic Drug Raids Today: a Lesson in What’s Legal in Texas May Be Illegal to the Feds

This morning, federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) surprised people all over the country as the DEA raided synthetic drug makers in 29 different states. This nationwide raid happened on the heels of a week-long run on emergency rooms here in Dallas and in Austin where over one-hundred (100) overdoses were treated after…


Navarette v. California: Supreme Court Okays Anonymous Tip for Traffic Stop — We’ve All Lost Something Today

Back in January, we warned about what happened today: the United States Supreme Court has okayed police pulling people over to search their vehicles based upon an anonymous tip in the case of Navarette v. California. In February, we were still reeling from the SCOTUS decision in Fernandez, where they found it legally permissible and…


PROTECTING THE PRIVACY OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER – CLIENT COMMUNICATIONS

How Can Criminal Lawyers and Their Clients Protect Their Attorney-Client Communications From Snooping And Hacking? Lawyers, especially criminal defense attorneys, are very careful to protect their communications with clients and potential clients; however, in the past few years technological advancements have made it particularly difficult for both lawyers and clients to insure that their privileged…