Texas Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys

federal criminal defense

Federal cases are complicated. They involve different rules of procedure and sentencing guidelines, strict deadlines, and more written pleadings than are usually required when defending criminal charges in state court. It is crucial to work with an attorney who has experience defending clients in federal court if you face a federal criminal charge in Dallas or elsewhere in Texas.

With decades of experience as federal criminal defense attorneys at the trial and appellate level, the partners of Broden & Mickelsen, LLP can work with you to develop and carry out an effective strategy in your case. We have handled hundreds of federal criminal cases – not only in Dallas but throughout Texas and in federal courts in other states.

To discuss how we can use our knowledge and experience to protect your rights and defend against your federal crime charge in Texas, call, or reach us online today. We stand ready to provide a free and confidential consultation.

What Qualifies as a Federal Crime?

A federal crime is one that a person is accused of committing in violation of federal law or on federal land. It could be one that involves interstate activity.

For example, a person accused of tax fraud involving the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) faces a federal criminal charge. So does a person who is accused of illegally hunting on federal land. In some cases, a person can face both state and federal charges for the same acts.

What Is the Difference Between State and Federal Crimes?

The main difference between a state and federal crime is where the case is prosecuted. A state crime is prosecuted in a Texas trial court and follows the state’s rules of criminal procedure and sentencing guidelines.

A federal crime is prosecuted in a U.S. District Court, or federal trial court, and follows the federal procedural rules and sentencing guidelines. It’s crucial to work with a lawyer who understands the critical differences between the different court systems when defending clients.

Our Results in Federal Criminal Cases

At Broden & Mickelsen, LLP, we are experienced federal criminal defense lawyers with more than 60 years of combined experience defending cases in federal court. Despite the fact that the conviction rate in federal court is approximately 90 to 95 percent, we have won approximately a third of our federal cases that have gone to trial.

Our results include:

  • The jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts for a former Texas Instruments employee who was charged with stealing trade secrets for the benefit of a Chinese company in a multi-count indictment. We worked tirelessly to prepare the client for her testimony in federal court in Dallas.
  • Our client was charged in federal court in Dallas with passing counterfeit money at the Galleria Mall. Even though a pile of counterfeit money was located under one floor mat of the client’s car and separated from a pile of legitimate money found under the other floor mat, the client was found not guilty on all counts.
  • Our client was charged with computer sabotage. The jury in the Fort Worth federal trial court returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts.
  • A client with three prior federal drug convictions was facing a 22-to-27-year sentence for being a career criminal. We traveled to federal court in Midland, and the client was found not guilty after a three-day trial.
  • Our client was charged with dumping toxic waste and convicted at trial while being represented by another lawyer. The client faced more than six years of After a lengthy sentencing hearing, the client was sentenced to only 15 months.