Federal Crimes

Even if you commit a crime in Texas, the federal government may pursue charges against you if the crime meets certain requirements.  Federal criminal charges are incredibly serious, and require a criminal defense attorney with experience handling these cases.  The Law Office of Chad West offers legal advocacy for clients charged with a number of federal criminal offenses, including possession, manufacturing and delivery of child pornography, manufacturing and delivery of controlled substances, and other internet crimes.  

Child Pornography Charges

The possession, manufacture and delivery of child pornography is a crime in all 50 states, and is also a federal offense. A conviction for child pornography will typically require lifetime sex offender registration. Texas courts look at specific factors to determine whether a particular image or video of a child is pornography, including the sexual suggestiveness of the image and whether the focus is on the child’s genitalia.  Federal courts may have a broader definition of child pornography, based on whether the picture or video is designed to sexually excite its audience.  Prison sentences for any child pornography charge can be extremely long, and can also result in high fines.  

In the internet era, it is easier than ever for child pornography to shared — and for the government to track down anyone who produces, delivers or possesses child pornography.  These cases require delicate handling, as well as a high degree of confidentiality and sensitivity.  The Law Office of Chad West can handle your child pornography charges in a professional manner, and will explore all possible defenses to the charges, and will seek favorable deals when possible.  Contact our office today to discuss how we can assist you with federal or state child pornography charges.  

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Controlled Substance Charges

Under Texas law, it is illegal to manufacture, deliver or possess controlled substances.  It may also be a federal crime if the drugs that you manufacture or deliver cross state lines. Controlled substances can be any number of drugs, including:

  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Prescription drugs, including brands such as Xanax, Ritalin or Vicodin
  • Synthetic drugs

Texas and federal law classify controlled substances in broad categories, with harsh penalties for the manufacture or delivery of more dangerous drugs or for larger quantities of drugs. Punishment for controlled substance charges can be harsh, such as life in prison, fines up to $250,000 and the potential for the government to seize any assets related to the manufacture or delivery of controlled substances.  

A skilled Dallas criminal defense lawyer, such as the attorneys of the Law Office of Chad West, can evaluate your controlled substances charges to determine if there are any possible defenses to the charge, or any potential for negotiating a deal.  Because the possibility of losing your freedom is so high when you are facing controlled substance charges, it is imperative that you have an experienced defense attorney on your side to protect your rights.

Federal Crimes Attorneys in Dallas, Texas

If you are facing federal charges involving child pornography or controlled substances, you will need an aggressive attorney on your side who understands the law.  Contact the Law Office of Chad West today to learn more about how we can help anyone charged with a federal crime in the Dallas, Texas area.